I've not added anything here for some time now, so here's a model for an Uburban Farm, designed to float above an existing carpark.
As I've said before I'm not an architect so don't expect it to make sense in the detail, it's just for fun and maybe to get people thinking. The two building around my model are from the Sketchup Warehouse selection on this site and represent the Police Station and NCCP Car Park opposite St Lukes Church.
The strange yellow tubes are my clumsy attempt at representing daylight tubes, which as they implies use natural sunlight directed along highly reflective tubes instead of light bulbs... although at night they switch over to LED lights.
The two big white tubes on the roof are my idea for wind turbines, which in this instance I envisage them being used to pump stored rain water back up to the top of the building ready for use watering the plants. They could also pump air around the building.
The large gravel areas about 30 cm deep and help capture sudden downpours of rain water to store for later use.
The strange blu-ish chequered panel along the front is to represent solar panels.
The idea behind this is to hopefully encourage more people to think about high-rised buildings as places for producing vegetables right in the heart of the City. With so much farm land being lost to housing in the last few decades and more planned, it makes sense we start making room within our city to grow some of our own food.
It's as ever not a finished thing, just done for fun... hope you like. Helen x
Just meant to add that the floors are black to absorb heat from the sun during the day and release during the night. The air-circulation system would keep the heat down.
Oh and yes I know tinting windows isn't good for the plants, just couldn't resist it. :) Although in my defence green is the safest colour to go with and it is only slightly tinted. H x
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