JG : Agro-Housing in China


In China, there’s a massive exodus from the rural to urban areas, but it’s controlled because the country doesn’t have enough housing for everyone that wants to live in a city. At the same time, urbanization accentuates the air and soil pollution problems. So, Knafo Klimor Architects proposed an agro-housing project that blends agriculture and high-rise housing in one structure. This agro-housing project brings the food-supply directly to the building, and to the extent that residents can realize the benefits of urban farming, there is a decreased reliance on transportation for agricultural products (shopping and delivery to stores). Plus, with the building’s integrated water capture systems, the project has the potential to reduce water consumption and runoff. Residents could make money off the crops, too.

This agro-housing project is going to be built in Wuhan, China. As you can see from the renderings, the building has quite the elaborate labyrinth to control water, air, and heat. Structurally, it will be made with SIPs and a majority of the materials will come from steel, aluminum, and terracotta — all materials that can be recycled at the end of the building’s life. Via Dwell.







::article written by Preston, of Jetson Green – original article entitled Agro-Housing Becoming an Option for China. These articles from Jetson Green on MNP’s Green Tuesdays are a feature you can find here every week – just click any Tuesday in the calender and enjoy! And for more ‘green’ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::

Posted: October 30th, 2007
at 4:00am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,green arch,housing,urban/master planning,towering pagodas

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  1. A useful tool in the agro-housing approach is SPIN-Farming. SPIN is a commercial sub-acre farming system that makes it possible to earn high income from sub-acre land bases. Minimal infrastructure, reliance on hand labor to accomplish most farming tasks, utilization of existing water sources to meet irrigation needs, and situating close to markets all keep investment and overhead costs low. SPIN therefore removes the 2 big barriers to entry for first generation farmers – they don’t need a lot of land or money – and it incorporates agriculture into the built environment in an economically viable manner. By re-casting farming as a small business in a city or town, SPIN-Farming is helping to make agriculture an integral part of urban and suburban economies, rather than isolated outside of them.


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  3. it’s amazing how agriculture and the housing mix up together, and it is really the high level of awareness beyond the sustainability design

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