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Are hydroponic vertical farms and gardens the new direction for Agritourism?
From what we are seeing trending... YES!
While many see the goal of vertical farms and gardens emerging as the new leader in urban food production, hydroponics does more than simply creating vertical food factories. It is also providing an agritraction – a robust public realm that merges indoor and outdoor agricultural experiences.
Cutting edge urban planners and developers are taking notice of the trend and designing multifunctional agricenters for both food and agritainment. One example of this is Architecture firm Sasaki which has designed a hydroponic vertical farm for Shanghai. The studio designed the urban farm as part of the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, which will be built on a site between Shanghai’s main international airport and the city centre. The complex will also integrate research and public outreach program offices. These will include a science museum, waterfront fitness trail, plaza, digital amphitheatre and educational facilities. The Sunqiao experiment presents a new idea for urban life by celebrating food production as one of the most important functions of a city…and agritainment.