The creative agency Framlab has conceptualised a program of proposed democratised vertical urban farming for those in lower socio-economic demographics in Brooklyn’s boroughs. The program is called Glasir.
Glasir is a project planned to address recent agriculture and water issues, and their accompanying economic concerns.
As the borough of Brooklyn experiences economic growth and an enhanced job creation rate, the area has seen marked improvement in a number of ways. At the same time, however, the region is showing a heightened degree of social stratification and of nutritional inequality.
Brooklyn, generally very popular among gourmet enthusiasts, curiously has a 20 percent rate of food insecurity.
Glasir is to be introduced in the borough’s most poverty stricken and least food secure regions – neighbourhoods like East New York, East Flatbush, Canarsie and Flatlands.
Organisers say that, considering the direct link between food insecurity and health risk, Glasir’s proposition to provide cost-efficient local produce has the potential to elevate the nutritional content of the residents’ diet, and also lead to societal and economic improvement in these neighbourhoods.
These flexible, modular aeroponic growth systems include self-regulating, vertical farming structures that supply neighbourhoods with cost-efficient local produce throughout the year.
The gardens’ trees sport special monopodial trunks with rhythmic growth, spouting tiers of branches, in accordance with Rauh’s model.
The fashion of raising plants aeroponically, much in the way that NASA did during a much publicised experiment, supplies a hearty crop to yield. Excluding soil also excludes the possibility of unexpected variables and renders aeroponics a very flexible growth system.
The system revolves around a subscription service model for the regular distribution of crops to homes, businesses and academic institutions.
The structure is intended to be a spot of exercise and recreation, and a community garden where residents can harvest fruits and vegetables.
The system uses drone technology to deliver the foods to and from its location. And with minimal waste material and decreased expense, along with stored harvested energy that can charge electrical bicycles, mobile devices and integrated lighting, these structures will represent the very epitome of ecological and technological progress.