Farming meets urban living

The US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed a vertical farm mixed together with the skyscrapers of Shanghai, China. The initiative was created to produce food for the country’s biggest city.

Most of the food planted on the farm will be greens, such as kale, spinach and lettuce; things that are already a big part of the local diet.

The idea is to have the crops grow along looped rails arranged side by side in a greenhouse. This will in turn rotate to make sure there is an even distribution of natural light.


By having the farms along the houses you will save space compared to the traditional land-intensive farming. Other than that it also provides a variety of farming techniques suited to the urban environment, for example floating greenhouses, algae farms and a vertical seed library.

This project will be part of a new community-focused, mixed-use development called Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, which is designed to celebrate and promote sustainable agriculture.


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