Further to last week’s post on Plantascrapers, more and more companies are responding to the planet’s dwindling resources and devising ways in which we can increase urban food production.
Whilst AECOM did not win the Chicago Navy Pier Rejuvenation project which instead went to James Corner’s Field Operations, this did enable them to develop their Urban Food Jungle design. Large aquaponic pillars of sustainable food production are irrigated by means of recycled water from fish pools at the base which also provide vital nutrients. The vertical span of these pillars brings a variety of micro-climates which in turn enables the growth of a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. These are dissected by aerial walkways, from which visitors can view the whole system.The design director claims that he is, “bringing together sustainable food production, entertainment, education and culinary delight.”