Architects from Barcelona, Spain, have designed a system of floating vertical farms that could give the opportunity to Singapore and other densely populated countries to produce their own food.

Having a population density of nearly 20,000 people per square mile, Singapore is one of the densest countries in the world. With the territory of just 716 square kilometers (276 square miles), Singapore does not have enough land for agricultural production and is compelled to import more than 90% of its food from other countries.

However, along with the lack of land, the country has a vast water area surrounding it. Now, architects at Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have come up with the idea of so-called Floating Responsive Agriculture (FRA) inspired by local floating fish farms that have been used in Singapore since the 1930s.

The design consists of massive L-shaped floating structures that could provide enough space to grow agricultural production. This shape makes the whole system highly efficient, maximizing sunlight exposure and minimizing shadows at the same time.

read more original article The Mind Unleashed 

Date: 2014-10-01

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