Sunday, November 1, 2009
Designed by: Knafo Klimmer architects
Winning entry: Living Steel Website
Agro-housing combines urban and rural living together by designing vertical greenhouse spaces within high-rise apartment building.
The concept was developed because of concern for prediction by the United nations that state that 50% of China's one billion people will live in its cities, a common trend in many developing countries in the world.
The design challenges the 'new' strains on energy resources, infrastructure, and community displacemnet by presenting a new urban and social vision. The representation of a new building typology that will create a new order in the city creates as a space close to homes where families can produce their own food supply according to "their own abilities, tastes and choices to promote independent living, freedom and potentially provide additional income".
Moreover these greenhouse spaces provide a gathering space for the community. Agro-housing is one project but is meant to become a model for a new urbanity in China, contributing to the preservation of traditions and community values and diminishing the trials of rural migration.
The architects list a few advantages for this innovative building typology,some are:
Produces food for tenants and the surrounding community.
Produces organic and healthy food that is disease and fertilizer free
Creates an abundance of crops for self-consumption and sale for the neighbors.
Requires no special skill set for greenhouse operation