Urban warehouses, skyscrapers, and abandoned buildings are becoming the settings for a new green revolution. Vertical farming is developing into a new, environmentally friendly way to feed the swelling populations of the world. From Singapore to Scranton, Pennsylvania this new technique is being popularized. Environmental experts believe that if it embraces vertical farming, New York City, due to its large building density, can become the new farming capital of the U.S.
What is vertical farming? To summarize, the environmental assimilation technique involves cultivating plant or animal life within a skyscraper greenhouse or vertically aligned surface. There are different types of this practice. The first technique was proposed and constructed by architect Ken Yeang. This involves constructing a skyscraper that is multi-purposed for housing and/or work, and to provide the setting to grow plants and vegetables. This, according to Yeang, would be simple and unintrusive due to how high and spacious the buildings are. Yeang suggests that, ideally, the mixed use skyscraper would provide all the inhabitants of its own building with food.