Urban Farming: Food In The Sky Design Touted As Climate Change Aid

Tara Dodrill

High-rise farming is the latest trend in the urban gardening movement. If the new practice proves successful, city dwellers could soon be strolling along a sixth floor orchard to pick fresh apples for an evening snack from their very own "farmescraper." The "food in the sky" or sky farming concept may conjure up images of balcony planters and wall-mounted growing baskets, but it should not.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut designed the 132-floor urban farm plan. He feels such a metropolitan gardening and living arrangement will lead to a "healthier, happier future" for the estimated six billion people who will live in urban areas by 2050. The futuristic high-rise farm involves the development of rice paddies housed inside glass enclosures that both heat and cool themselves. The new style of urban gardening include a setup where rainwater is captured and residential waste water is recirculated for the plants.

The 36-year-old designer believes that the future of cities will be extremely gloomy due to the decrease of water, food, and energy sources. Callebaut's is advocating for a "living organism" or self-sufficient style or metropolitan living. Some have dismissed his designs as either crazy or a "blight on the landscape," according to Yahoo News.

Vincent Callebaut had this to say about the new wave of urban farming:

"We need to invent new ways of living in the future. The city of tomorrow will be dense, green, and connected. The goal is to bring agriculture and nature back into the urban core so that by 2050 we have green, sustainable cities where humans live in balance with their environment. They [critics]made fun of me. They said I created a piece of science fiction."