How an company ended Brooklyn’s meals wasteland

Despite its reputation for being a place of endless possibilities, New York City has serious limitations when it comes to certain resources. Its vegetation and its open space leave little to feed and feed its inhabitants – some inhabitants remain in food deserts and have no access to fresh products such as fruits and vegetables. To meet this challenge and enable seamless access to food, the design agency Framlab is taking a creative approach and building vertical farms into Brooklyn’s existing infrastructure.

Inspired by the growth process of trees, the agency realizes the Urban Farms with a modular system that can be configured and connected via interfaces. By using AI technology, the modules adapt to the ambient conditions to enable ideal growth conditions including temperature and climate. The modular approach allows planting in different locations without disrupting the existing infrastructure or surroundings: trees can be placed in parks, on sidewalks and more, and the self-regulating structures allow the Brooklyn community to have access to local food all year round.

As a sustainable system, Framlab’s project enables the city to keep its current floor plan while improving the landscape. The sustainable option identified by PSFK researchers is one of many innovations that improve urban life – read the report “The Future Of Home + Living” here.


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