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Vertical Farm Arcology Is A Self-Sufficient Urban Environment

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All images courtesy Gordon Graff One of the concerns expressed about Gordon Graff's vertical farm concept shown in a previous post was the lack of connection to the surrounding urban environment. In fact, Graff has designed a vertical farm project that is an arcology, or a " a web of symbiotic resource flow relationships that enable the building to operate with a self-sufficiency similar to that of ecological systems." Graff writes: The residential units demand food, water (both potable and non-potable), fresh air, and electricity, while expelling biowaste, waste water, and carbon-dioxide rich air. The vertical farm produces food, potable water, oxygen-rich air, biowaste, and waste water while demanding non-potable water, carbon-dioxide rich air, elemental nutrients, and electricity. Anaerobic digesters would consume the dual streams of biowaste to produce the dually demanded electricity, as well as the elemental nutrients needed by the vertical farm. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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