There has been many innovative projects for urban farming in the recent years; the “Dragonfly” is definitely one of the most innovative designs out there. Designed by a renown Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut, the Dragonfly is fully sustainable, vertical, urban farm with 132 floors of organic gardens offering a large variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers.
The first Dragonfly was designed for New York City, and if it proves to be successful, the concept can be adapted for any major city in the world. The organic produce can be grown twelve months of the year and sold daily in local NYC markets.
As the authors explain: “The architecture has to be in the service of this new agriculture and to design this new social desire in this context of ecologic mutation and food autonomy! The Dragonfly project suggests therefore building a prototype of urban farm offering around a mixed program of housing, offices and laboratories in ecological engineering, farming spaces which are vertically laid out in several floors and partly cultivated by its own inhabitants. This vertical farm sets up all the sustainable applications in organic agriculture based on the intensive production varied according to the rhythm of the seasons. This nourishing agriculture is furthermore in favor of the reuse of biodegradable waste and the keeping of energy and renewable resources for a planning of ecosystemic densification.”
Program: Metabolic farm for urban agriculture / Mixing uses
Location: New York City, Roosevelt Island
Surface area: 350.000 m²
Heights: Antenna=700m; Roof=600m; Top Floor=575m
Floor count: 132
Agricultural fields: 28
Photos courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures