Join us for a free panel discussion exploring ideas to make urban farming in high-density environments a realistic proposition.
Imagine our fresh food being produced in skyscrapers, right in the cities we live in. Many see this as only a fantasy, others as a technical necessity.
Vertical farming in our cities is at present not financially viable. While advances in high intensity consolidated farming processes have greatly increased yields, they have not achieved a level that would allow farming programs to realistically compete with the commercial market on a financial basis.
FarmHD is a part of a suite of design-led research investigations that are questioning what would need to shift in our cities in order to make urban farming in high-density environments a realistic proposition.
Cities such as Hong Kong have witnessed the explosion in highrise and super-dense environments, and have experimented with vertical living and commerce for decades. At the same time, Australia is a major exporter of high quality fresh produce, with a strong track record of research and innovation in agriculture.
The dialogue between Australian and Chinese approaches to this pressing issue of food security, local food accessibility and practical architectural approaches for high-density agriculture have yielded new insights and industry collaborations in this field. The project will gather experts and designers to speculate on these questions, and to propose new ideas.
The FARM HIGH DENSITY project aims to continue and deepen the conversation about farms in our future cities.
Thomas Chung, John Doyle, Graham Crist, Paul Minifie, Mauro Baracco, Tony Bundock, Sasaki Associates, ZAA Architects, Sumperimpose Architects, Mark Jacques, Juliette Anich.
Walk to the intersection of Victoria and Swanston Streets.
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street. Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.