Widening roads can not only wipe out greenery in city spaces, but instead, can reshape it into more sustainable green patches, shows the FEEDER highway ramp project proposed by Studio Gang- a collective of architects, designers, and thinkers producing transformative architecture. The project aims at utilizing the open space of highway interchanges, by combining a series of highly productive hothouses- glass pyramids capable of supporting greenhouse farming. FEEDER envisions turning the Ohio feeder into a ramp that can literally feed the public through its agricultural produce.
Setting up an innovative example in urban farming, FEEDER shows off the edge of hot house farming technique over the traditional farming methods. The concept uses 12.5 acres of land to feed one person for a year with traditional farming.
At a juncture where the world is witnessing shortage in food production resulting in rocketing food prices, concepts like FEEDER can contribute to the solutions as models of innovative agriculture for food production. The project also envisages the hot houses to give school children a new understanding and a stronger connection to the production of food, according to Inhabitat.
FEEDER also expects to reduce cityscape’s dependency on hinterland agriculture and thus reduce the logistics costs. A concept exhibited at Visionary Chicago Architecture, the hot houses at Feeder will be used by restaurant owners, food pantries, educational institutions, commercial hothouse farmers and anybody who is interested to try a hand on this sort of urban farming.
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