Shanghai is planning a massive 100-hectare vertical farm to feed 24 million people

April 12, 2017 by  
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International architecture firm Sasaki just unveiled plans for a spectacular 100-hectare urban farm set amidst the soaring skyscapers of Shanghai. The project is a mega farming laboratory that will meet the food needs of almost 24 million people while serving as a center for innovation, interaction, and education within the world of urban agriculture. The Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District is composed of vertical farms that fit in nicely between the city’s many towers, adding a welcomed green counterpart to the shiny metal and glass cityscape. In a city like Shanghai, where real estate prices make vertical building more affordable, the urban farm layout counts on a number of separate buildings that will have various growing platforms such as algae farms , floating greenhouses, vertical walls and even seed libraries. The project incorporates several different farming methods including hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Related:Sasaki Architecture convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls The masterplan was designed to provide large-scale food production as well as education. Sunqiao will focus on sustainable agriculture as a key component for urban growth. “This approach actively supports a more sustainable food network while increasing the quality of life in the city through a community program of restaurants, markets, a culinary academy, and pick-your-own experience” explained Sasaki. “As cities continue to expand, we must continue to challenge the dichotomy between what is urban and what is rural. Sunqiao seeks to prove that you can have your kale and eat it too.” Visitors to the complex will be able to tour the interactive greenhouses, a science museum, and aquaponics systems, all of which are geared to showcase the various technologies which can help keep a large urban population healthy. Additionally, there will be family-friendly events and workshops to educate children about various agricultural techniques . + Sasaki Via Archdaily

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Chinese Cities Are Sinking Due to Excess Groundwater Use and Rapid Growth

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New studies are showing that Chinese cities are slowly  sinking as a result of rapid development and excess groundwater use. According to reports, as many as 50 cities across the country are affected by soil subsidence, including the country’s largest –  Shanghai . Apparently, Shanghai has been slowly sinking for at least 90 years. Read the rest of Chinese Cities Are Sinking Due to Excess Groundwater Use and Rapid Growth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquifers , china , chinese cities , cities sinking , groundwater , pudong , shanghai , shanghai tower , sinking chinese cities , subsidence , yangtze river

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Harry the Hermit Crab Gets A Lego Home of His Own

April 3, 2012 by  
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Harry the hermit crab has the same problem as all of his kind; his soft belly leaves him vulnerable to the elements so he must seek out his own sea shell for safety. But unlike other hermit crabs , Harry lives in Legoland , Windsor, in the UK, and the staff there had a novel approach to his problem – designing a red, yellow and blue LEGO shell-shaped home for him to call his own! Read the rest of Harry the Hermit Crab Gets A Lego Home of His Own Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: harry the hermit crab , hermit crab , lego , Lego bricks , lego construction , lego hermit crab , lego shell , lego structure , legoland windsor , protective shell , sea shells , snail shell , strange lego

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Illegal Ivory Openly On Sale In Chinese Cities

August 17, 2011 by  
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The Ecologist has a solid article on the problem of China’s lax attitude on ivory sales. “Activists question allowing China to participate in ivory trade, with estimates that as much as 90 per cent of retail items in the country are illegal.” Read the full article here. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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