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Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built...

Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory |

The cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their center, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

At DLD Cities in London, he said "cities have centers that celebrate previous centuries -- in Europe, the cities celebrated spirituality, with cathedrals. After some time, the cathedrals became downtown cores- and celebrations of capitalism and commercialism".

The cities of the future will celebrate "the belief of what keeps us alive" - or elements of the city that make our lives better.


Terreform ONE, a green design company in Brooklyn, explores biohacks for the ecological issues facing modern cities. For instance, the waste New York City produces every hour weighs as much as the Statue of Liberty - in the future that waste could be recompacted into building blocks, or recycled "bales". Looking beyond recycling, though, it would be even better to create a city which didn't produce waste in the first place...

That means growing thousands of homes -- building a new suburb could involve twisting, pruning and manipulating large trees into the frames of buildings. "There would be no difference between the home and nature -- it would be something that would be a positive addition to the ecology," explained Joachim.


For more information on these innovative concepts, including biomimicry and new green technology proposals for future cities, stop by to read the complete article and visit referenced links on urban sustainability...

Via Lauren Moss, Rowan Edwards, Kalani Kirk Hausman
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Food, Technology and Biodiversity

Food, Technology and Biodiversity | Vertical Farm - Food Factory |
A Historian’s Take on Food and Food Politics...


This brief article highlights that as much as technology has changed food production, there this is much more that has remained the same.  Of the thousands of plants on Earth, 11 account for most of what we eat (corn, rice, wheat, cassava, potatoes, sorghum, millet, beans, barley rye and oats) .  Not surprisingly, those 11 plants are the same that have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years--makes you think that early humans, while not technologically advanced, were constantly conducting agricultural experiments and found many of the best animal and plant resources for human consumption.  This is one reason losing local indigenous knowledge about cultural ecology and the species' genetic diversity would be a great loss for humanity.  

Via Seth Dixon
elsa hunziker's comment, January 30, 2012 2:27 PM
Eye opening!
Kyle Patchett's curator insight, September 2, 2016 4:20 AM
This article explains in an emotive fashion that humans as a species aren't as diverse as first thought. The author, Rachel Laudan, explains that even as technology and food production has changed, much remains the same. There are on average 20,000 plants that are edible to humans, yet there are 11 plants that provide a steady diet for 93% of the worlds' population. These plants have been part of our diet for thousands of years and since the birth of farming itself. The article is produced from a food historians' point of view on the matter of change that we as a species have made. The information shows that even as technology, agriculture and farming has expanded, we have just found ways to do the same thing but slightly better than we previously had done.