Home » Art » Currently Reading:

“Sky Farm” by Gordon Graff

November 11, 2008 Art

For our second installment of six architectural projects dedicated to vertical farming, renewable energies, and the construction of a better, greener 21st century, s.a.johnson discusses the Sky Farm project by Gordon Graff.

While a Masters of Architecture student at Waterloo University, Gordon Graff developed the concept for a 58-story agricultural tower called the Sky Farm. Its 8 million square feet of growing area, equal to over 180 acres, has the potential to provide enough food for 35,000 citizens per year. Because of the building’s large floor plates plants will be grown primarily with artificial lighting which in turn uses nearly 82 million kilowatts of power per year, equivalent to 8,000 households. However, about 50% of this need will be supplanted by burning the large amounts of methane found in plant waste which produces much less carbon dioxide than other fuels, making it a cleaner option.

The placement of this tower in Toronto, a northern city removed from the primary sources of much of its food, is ideal for an agricultural tower. Furthermore, its lakefront access to the freshwater of Lake Ontario is perfect for feeding the large hydroponic system in its growing facilities. Considering the incredible water resources provided by the Great Lakes, numerous other cities on the waters including Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Duluth could be prime candidates for establishing Sky Farms.

For information on GROW, another exciting urban farming concept by Graff, please download the available pdf here.

Currently there are "9 comments" on this Article:

  1. I really very liked this post. Can I copy it to my site?
    Thank in advance.

    Sincerely, Your Reader.

  2. [...] that has ever-growing needs for both food and housing, many architects are looking up for sustainable solutions that will prevent further sprawl and provide fresh food to urban residents. Vertical farms and [...]

  3. [...] that has ever-growing needs for both food and housing, many architects are looking up for sustainable solutions that will prevent further sprawl and provide fresh food to urban residents. Vertical farms and [...]

  4. Cool, there is actually some good points on here some of my readers will maybe find this relevant, will send a link, many thanks.

  5. [...] that has ever-growing needs for both food and housing, many architects are looking up for sustainable solutions that will prevent further sprawl and provide fresh food to urban residents. Vertical farms and [...]

  6. [...] Graff, who presented his vertical farming system as part of his Master’s thesis, wrote “a vertical farm must be able to produce enough food to cover the cost of its day to day operations and, ultimately, the capital cost of the building’s construction (or renovation).” FLOATING VERTICAL FARM: [...]

Comment on this Article:







Related Articles:

Photo File: Spomeniks of the Former Yugoslavia

May 11, 2011

Although these monuments are full of symbolism that no longer applies, their beauty remains nonetheless. Spomenik is the Slovenian and Serbo-Croatian word for monument. In the 1960s and 70s, the former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned these structures to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration ...Read More

Watch: China’s Ghost Cities

April 11, 2011

According to SBS Dateline (Australian TV): Vast new cities of apartments and shops are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.

 It’s all part of the government’s efforts to keep the economy booming, and there are many people who would love to move ...Read More

Patrick Giroux

March 24, 2011

Illustration from Johnny America • Patrick Giroux Lawrence Arts Center (940 New Hampshire Street in Lawrence, KS) Friday, March 25, 5-9pm (Ongoing until Apr. 25th) From the organizers: PRINTerpretation presents selected works by Patrick Giroux Patrick Giroux is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Lawrence, Kansas. He started designing posters when asked to make ...Read More

Artist Shout Out: Augustina Woodgate

March 18, 2011

According to Augustina Woodgate: Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled teddy bears. The process starts with the departure of the loving life Teddy Bears have when they are in the hands of their owners.The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy’s owners, but investigate the rug as an object organizing and ...Read More

BiKlops Design & Studio Ike

February 21, 2011

• BiKlops Design & Studio Ike Teller’s (746 Massachusetts in Lawrence, KS) Friday, February 25, 6-9pm From the Organizers: Teller’s will be hosting the work of BiKlops Design and Studio Ike for a design-centric Final Fridays. Tweet PrintShare

Art

Artist Shout Out: Walter Inglis Anderson

Artist Shout Out: Walter Inglis Anderson

Walter Inglis Anderson was an American painter, writer, naturalist and bicycle enthusiast. Artist Bio: Walter Inglis Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans to George Walter Anderson, a grain merchant, and Annette McConnell Anderson, an artist. His mother’s love of art, music, and literature strongly influenced Walter (called “Bob” by his friends and family) ...Read More

Music

New Music Review: Widowspeak “Widowspeak”

New Music Review: Widowspeak “Widowspeak”

With a Cat Power alto and Mazzy Star whisper, Widowspeak‘s self-titled debut LP embodies the essence of the 90′s. But with band members born just at the cusp of the decade,  singer/songwriter Molly Hamilton, drummer Michael Stasiak and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas offer not a retelling of the 90′s but a new generation’s interpretation of ...Read More

Fashion

Runway Style: Thomas Tait Fall 2011

Runway Style: Thomas Tait Fall 2011

Canadian-born designer Thomas Tait began his career as the youngest graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins, completing the program at just 21. His graduate collection was then chosen as a feature in the CSM fashion week show for the Fall 2010 season, after which he went on to receive the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize on ...Read More

Photography

Photo File: Saga

Photo File: Saga

From the photographer: “I am Saga. I am from Iceland but currently live, study and work in London.” See more of Saga’s work on: Flickr The Neverending Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Read More

Film

Style Watch: Harmony Korine for Proenza Schouler “Act Da Fool”

Style Watch: Harmony Korine for Proenza Schouler “Act Da Fool”

To showcase their Fall 2010 line, Proenza Schouler teamed up with legendary cult filmmaker Harmony Korine to create Act Da Fool. With the influx of short fashion films in early 2010, designers now seem to be stepping it up a notch in the video department – and in my opinion Act Da Fool takes the ...Read More

TV

Style Trends: Beverly Hills 90210

Style Trends: Beverly Hills 90210

With the DVD release of its first six seasons and an updated CW remake, Beverly Hills 90210 has yet again become a source of entertainment and fashion inspiration for girls (and grownup girls) everywhere. References to the show in the fashion world began popping up in late 2006, around the time of the 90210 Season ...Read More

Web

Photo Flash: The Camel Thorn Trees of Namibia, Africa

Photo Flash: The Camel Thorn Trees of Namibia, Africa

photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. In 1990 newly independent Namibia became one of the world’s first nations to write environmental protection into its constitution. Read more about Namibia’s unqiue efforts at land stewardship here. ...Read More

News

Infographic: Sitting is Killing You

Infographic: Sitting is Killing You

See the entire infographic here Read an article about a Canadian sitting study here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Read More

Funny

Funny Video: Charlotte Young’s Artist Statement

Funny Video: Charlotte Young’s Artist Statement

Any artist will tell you, the worst thing about being an artist besides being poor is writing a bullshit artist statement. Don’t worry though, Charlotte Young is actually a comedian and not a depressed artist so don’t feel guilty for laughing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Read More