A design collaborative in China has been developing sustainability concepts for an “Urban village agriculture” that combines simple materials and tested technology to optimize the use of urban spaces.
The concept is based on three principles,
High dense agri-tectonics
China has long history of urban agriculture due to high dense population. The agriculture installation become an important interface between human settlements and productive fields. We call those agriculture installation as “agri-tectonics”
Sky Farm is an agriculture-installation which uses non-standard construction without normal architectural materials. An efficient and effective productive spaces can be affordable by most of the common people.
Urban village economy
Urban village is not only cheap cages, instead it might become creative productive spaces and intellectual consumptive spaces.
This concept is now a working prototype in Nantou Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.
With a focus on low cost materials, the structure is modular and demountable for easy relocation and is clad in locally available PVC. Each side of the enclosures is framed with netting to promote growing vines and the produce is protected by bird resistant netting that also retains rain water.
VRAP & Sky Farm is a collaboration between a team of three Architects, Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture and xfarm with volunteers from the Department of Architecture of Shenzhen University.