“Homefarm is a conceptual proposal for the next generation of urban retirement housing. It presents a living and farming typology for Singapore (or elsewhere) that combines apartments and facilities for seniors with vertical urban farming. Seniors live in a high-density garden environment created by a vegetable farm, where they may find employment. SPARK’s aim is to generate discussion about the many potentials that can emerge from the mixing of two typically separate realms. The research-based design addresses two pressing challenges faced by Singapore: how the city state might support a rapidly ageing society, and how it might enhance its food security (90% of which is currently imported).” – SPARK
“BY THE YEAR 2050, NEARLY 80% OF THE EARTH’S POPULATION WILL RESIDE IN URBAN CENTERS.” – VERTICALFARM.COM
Combining retirement housing with vertical farming is a fantastic bridge to the future. However, the future of food may be grown vertically underground in PINKHOUSES. A Pinkhouse is a vertical farming system that uses a mixture of red and blue LED lights to grow food. This system is more efficient and may allow us to move urban food production underground. These subterranean Pinkhouses could be fully automated and run by robots. Imagine if all of our food were grown underground year round. Fresh exotic fruits and vegetables could be grown and harvested all year. Imagine, fresh, nutritious food, within walking distance of any home. This is the future of food.