May 12 2008
Truly new thinking always has to break through a barrier of skepticism before gaining wider adoption. I’m sure this is true of Urban Farms, an idea that at first blush sounds slightly crazy, but may have real benefits. It seems that in a world of increasing transportation costs, producing food right in an urban center could have some desirable economic motives, although frankly I have no idea if the numbers would really work out or not.
Technically, what first comes to mind is the difficulty of distributing sunlight into the structure. But maybe you don’t need full on sunlight to grow some vegetables, and incident light could be diffused somehow over a wider area in the building by light piping.At any rate this might actually be something worth seeing in Vegas if it gets built.
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