The Dragonfly city farm

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 14:11

It's sometimes difficult for sprawling metropolises to balance progress and modernization with sustainable and green practices. High concentrations of people, buildings and cars can cause pollution and problems with maintaining greenery amongst the surplus of building materials such as concrete, glass and steel. However, technological innovations like floor heating with radiant heaters can reduce the energy demand inside many buildings to prevent waste of natural resources. Now, according to Inhabitat, Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut may have found a way to bring a little more green into one of the busiest cities in the world: New York City.

Callebaut has come up with a design for Roosevelt Island in New York's East River that will bring some more nature to the urban setting while also creating a solution for another problem common in cities. Delivering freshly grown food into a municipality can sometimes come at the cost of the quality of the produce due to the long distances traversed. That issue is partially resolved with innovations such as the Dragonfly, a 132-floor building that harnesses the vertical potential of the crowded city to provide space for all kinds of agricultural practices.

Based on the look of a dragonfly's wings, the structure creates space for raising cattle and poultry along with farming grounds for up to 28 different types of crops, reported Fox News. The Dragonfly can become a production center that can supply New York with produce, dairy and meats that are garden fresh and close by.

The building is completely sustainable, being powered by wind and solar power, and provides extra space for offices, housing and research centers. Everyone who would live in the Dragonfly would tend to the fields so they could grow their own food right in the middle of the city. Farmers would have a floating market at the base of the building where they could sell all of their goods directly to the public.