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Urban Farm

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This large indoor farming facility is the quickest way to get fresh foods picked and on your plate during lunch.  They include various types of fruits vegetables and rice. Using newer methods of farming, urban farming connects crops and office workers now can come to work everyday to produce together.

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Agora Garden by Vincent Callebaut

Agora Garden by Vincent Callebaut | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Plant-covered residential tower shaped like a DNA strand by Vincent Callebaut under construction in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Johnathon Guzik's comment, April 3, 2014 4:11 AM
"Different from the modern city built of concrete, glass and steel, the Agora Garden tower appears in an urban centre as a green twisted mountain," says the architect. Between 2 and 4 apartments will be placed on each floor. These apartments will be intergrated with a number of sustainable technologies such as rainwater harvesting and solar energy.
Johnathon Guzik's comment, April 3, 2014 4:14 AM
"The concept is to build a true fragment of vertical landscape with low energetic consumption," explains Callebaut. "The project represents a built ecosystem that repatriates the fauna and the flora in the heart of the city and generates a new box of subtropical biodiversity." The building will also accommodate rooftop clubhouses, a swimming pool, gym facilities, and car parking floors.
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Vincent Callebaut Architecte TAIPEI

Vincent Callebaut Architecte TAIPEI | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Vincent Callebaut, Architecte - Projets en cours et Concours Internationaux - Agences (La Louviere, Paris, Bruxelles) Pr�ntation d�ill�des principales r�isations, publications.
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The Agora Tower is a groundbreaking concept of eco-construction that shows the relationship between man and nature. The concept behind the building is to use the most vertical building space while using the least amount of energy possible thus making it eco-designed. The building is designed to be self-sufficent meaning it only uses natural resources and rejects the waste. It also has the ability to produce its own organic food.
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Johnathon Guzik's comment, April 3, 2014 3:51 AM
The overall concept behind the building is to build a tower of suspended gardens in the heart of the city. Orchards, organic vegetable gardens, aromatic and medicinal gardens will blossum all around each apartment. Garden furniture, compost, fuel cells, rain water tanks, and ecologic nests for birds will be directly designed into the structure of the tower.
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AIArchitect This Week | Howeler + Yoon’s Eco-Pods Bring (Green) Industry Back to the City

AIArchitect This Week | Howeler + Yoon’s Eco-Pods Bring (Green) Industry Back to the City | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Howeler + Yoon’s Eco-Pods Bring (Green) Industry Back to the City
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This design of eco pods use an abandoned or run down building to attach these pods to buildings and grow vertically. Ideas like this help people remember that nature is still a huge factor in our day to day lives. If we can find a sustainable energy that is produced from a naturally occurring source like algae, we can save our enviornment by using less fossil fuels that require the movement of tons of earth to obtain them and the high costs of these fuels. Using a reproducing biofuel like this can stimulate the economy the city it resides in and can educate the people on the different types of plant species that produce the energy that is harnessed.
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Johnathon Guzik's comment, March 5, 2014 8:08 AM
Large fuel companies are starting to open their eyes to algae producing biofuels. Companies like Exxon and BP have announced they plan to invest upwards of 600 million dollars to the research and development of this technology. Fuels produced by algae are also carbon neutral. They burn off carbon when used but when producing the fuels, the plants use the carbon burned to carry on photosynthesis making it a very clean fuel source for the environment. Also, through photosynthesis these plants emit oxygen. Algae is a perfect source for biofuels because it grows 20-30 times faster that other biofuel sources and yields up to 30 times more energy per acre than any other source.
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EcoPods

EcoPods | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Taking advantage of the stalled Filene’s construction site at Downtown Crossing, Eco-Pod is a proposal to immediately stimulate the economy, and the ecology, of downtown Boston.  Eco-Pod (Gen1) is a temporary vertical algae bio-reactor and new public Commons, built with custom prefabricated modules. The pods will serve as bio-fuel sources and as micro-incubators for flexible research and development programs. As an open and reconfigurable structure, the voids between pods form a network of vertical public parks/botanical gardens housing unique plant species- a new Uncommon for the Commons.
Micro-algae is one of the most promising bio-fuel crops of today, yielding over thirty times more energy per acre than any other fuel crop. Unlike oth...
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Being an open, moving structure, the voids between the pods also for a community of vertical public parks and botanical gardens that show the different types of unique plants growing as bio fuels. Being that micro algae is the most promising for bio fuel crops, it can grow vertically on a non-arable landscape, making it a viable renewable resource that can be available in cities and other urban areas. These are also designed with flexibility and mobility in mind so they can be easily distributed throughout the city and start new bio fuel projects.
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Eco-Pods Produce Bio-Fuel Energy - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Eco-Pods Produce Bio-Fuel Energy - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Architecture and Design Magazine for the 21st Century. Organizer of the Annual Skyscraper Architectural Competition.
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These eco-pods were designed to stimulate the economy and ecology of downtown Boston. Once construction of the building is complete and the pods are efficient, the pods can be moved to another building to begin yet more fuel and algae research. This type of energy source can be very beneficial to the city this concept is used in and as more research is conducted, who knows what type of power sources this can bring.
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Bio-Fuel Growing Eco Pods Rejuvenate Stalled Boston Project

Bio-Fuel Growing Eco Pods Rejuvenate Stalled Boston Project | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
Halted in November 2008, mid-construction, the Filene development in downtown Boston is currently barely even a shell of a building. The bones of the building are up, but sub street level a giant hole leaves a gouge in the city's plan. Undaunted, Höweler
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This project is a vertical tower of prefabricated pods filled with bio fuel producing algae inside the pods. This tower would be a prime area to test new algae for fuels and also the growing methods to make it more efficient. Large robotic arms attached to the building will be able to move the pods all over the building to perfect the growing conditions inside the pods. Fuel created within the pods will power the arms that move the pods around and go elsewhere perhaps to the construction of the building.
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Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio is a multidisciplinary practice, founded by J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler, operating in the space between architecture, art, and landscape.
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Filene's Eco Pods are the future in what is needed in our country's increasing need in new methods of finding fuels. These pods will be fuel sources and incubators for for research and development of the algae's that produce the fuel. The empty spaces in between the pods shape a network of gardens and parks that house unique and new plant species that the local population may not know about.
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KONO DESIGNS - Urban-Farm

KONO DESIGNS - Urban-Farm | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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This technologically advanced building is designed so the people inside get a bond with nature even better they would outside.  They can be sitting at their desk and go pick an apple or go sit underneath an over-hanging grape vine for a break.

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Agora Tower l Vincent Callebaut Architectures - Arch2O.com

Agora Tower l Vincent Callebaut Architectures - Arch2O.com | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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This tower is designed to be placed on the biggest and last area of land in Taipei for residential use.  The twisting tower allows for a high density space that limits the ecological footprint of those living in the tower.  The overall idea behind the building is to show the symbiotic relationship between man and nature.

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Johnathon Guzik's comment, March 31, 2014 5:45 AM
In a single level, four types of housing units are present. The act of twisting the building optimizes conditions for open-air hanging gardens. Theses gardens consisted of tall balconies of suspended orchards, organic vegetable gardens, and medical greenery.
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vincent callebaut architectures: agora tower, taipei, taiwan - designboom | architecture & design magazine

vincent callebaut architectures: agora tower, taipei, taiwan - designboom | architecture & design magazine | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
on the last and biggest parcel of land available for residential use in taipei city, vincent callebaut 's twisting, foliage-filled 'agora tower' will preside over the rest of the urban xinyin district.
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Johnathon Guzik's comment, March 5, 2014 8:11 AM
This high performance building will contain suspended orchards, organic vegetable gardens, and medicinal crops that will be at the disposal of the inhabitants. The concept behind the building is to show the relationship between man and nature. Also, the building is a double-helix design to represent DNA speaking to the ideas of being the building blocks of life.<br>
Johnathon Guzik's comment, April 3, 2014 4:00 AM
The tower is made up of convex and concave curves, surrounded by lush forests, a pedestrian square, and aquatic glade. A central circular light is fixed and provides light and ventilation to the deepest depths of the structure. The cyndrical void in the center creates a twisting 'green core' that makes a vertical garden and farm surrounded by tennants.
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Algae Biofuel Moves to the Big City: Project Aims to Grow Algae On a High-Rise - Gas 2

Algae Biofuel Moves to the Big City: Project Aims to Grow Algae On a High-Rise - Gas 2 | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
[social_buttons] The demise of retail giant Filene’s Basement may have a positive effect on proponents of vertical urban farming and algae biofuels alike. Since 2007, the developers of a Filene’s site in downtown Boston have been unable to find funding to move the project forward. But now Höweler + Yoon Architecture and their partner Squared have put forth
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Structures like this will have open common areas and networks of public parks and gardens that citizens can tour and learn more about biofuels and algae. While the pods are creating fuel, they are also educating the people around it by showing the symbiosis of mankind and nature. If we can develop a technology that is self-sufficent and relies on nature to grow, we can solve a lot of economic problems in the US.
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Urban Working Fuel: The Eco-Pod

Urban Working Fuel: The Eco-Pod | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
The ever-inimitable Blah City recently brought our attention to the Eco-Pod, a concept developed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture in collaboration with Squared Design Lab. The pods are both modular office spaces (and, as everyone knows, we love all things stackable) and sources of fuel: the pods harvest micro-algae, which serves as a highly promising bio-fuel type.
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Micro-algae is the most highly promising bio-fuel because of how efficient it is. Since farming algae only requires sugar and cellulose, it makes it very economically and environmentally friendly source of fuel. In the near future, cellulose is a very promising source of fuel that will be valuable to mankind.
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Eco Pods to Grow Algae for Fuel - Interesting Engineering

Eco Pods to Grow Algae for Fuel - Interesting Engineering | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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Eco-pods are meant to be used on abandoned buildings, the buildings are basically used at scaffold, and attached to the building to maximize efficiency in such a crowded city are the modular pods. Algae is used because it is the most perspective source of biofuels due to no soil being required for growth. These pods will be moved and arranged by a giant robotic arm to optimize lighting and living conditions for algal propagation.
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Eco-pods by Howeler + Yoon Architectureand Squared Design Lab - Dezeen

Eco-pods by Howeler + Yoon Architectureand Squared Design Lab - Dezeen | Aspects 2 & 3 | Scoop.it
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This concept is a new way of engineering new methods of fuel. Each one of the pods are in perfect condition to grow algae for different types of fuel. The engineers behind this idea are bringing it to the public eye to show the bright future of algae in the bio-fuel industry.
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