Could this eco utopia be the answer to climate change? New plans revealed for sustainable vertical village
A European architect has revealed inspired designs for a vertical urban-farming neighbourhood.
Parisian firm Vincent Callebaut Architects has collaborated with Indian agroecologist, Amlankusum, to conceive plans for an Eco-friendly village in Jaypee City, Dehli, India.
Titled Hyperion, the proposals aim to combat climate change and in particular the destruction of local Eco-systems.
The project includes six towers, each 36-story high, that integrate commercial and residential space with farming areas able to produce 20 kilos of organic fruit and vegetables per square meter.
Made from local wood, the structure is fitted with hydroponic balconies, solar panels and topped with a glass dome greenhouse.
Water is irrigated from ponds which contain several fish species whose excrement is naturally rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Communal footbridges that connect the towers will also collect rain water.
Amlankusum said: “I eco-conceived this garden towers project rooted in Jaypee Greens Sports City, with the double objective of energy decentralisation and food deindustrialisation.
“My approach is holistic, combining the best of low-tech and high-tech instead of systematically opposing them.
“Our aim is to reconcile urban renaturation and small-scale farming with environment protection and biodiversity.
“The various spatial uses are linked together with footbridges, and converge under a large orchard roof that serves as a meeting place for our small urban farmer community.
“Whether it’s summer, monsoon or winter, our families can meet there, pick fruit, go for a run, get some exercise in the sports hall, swim in the organic pool or watch over their kids playing.”