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January 5, 2011
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Vertical Farm Section by jonorobo Vertical Farm Section by jonorobo
Modeled in Sketchup and edited in Photoshop.
The is one of the sections that I did for a vertical farm concept in downtown Halifax for my first year of masters. It is of the south side of the building.
Some of the write up I did for it:
The Vertical Farm Project is a site specific program located on the property of the demolished Chronicle Herald building. This project was posed in a hypothetical near future in which smaller scale studies needed to be done in or to determine the feasibility of large scale projects. The building design is a direct response to the sun and the needs of plants with the floor plates rotating and reducing in area as the building height increases in order to maximize sun exposure. The southern corner of each growing area slopes down to become more perpendicular to the sun in order to reduce the angle of incidence. The building also takes advantage of wind/solar power and the collection of rainwater. The project would provide an opportunity for the public to buy produce grown on site, eat at restaurants serving food grown on site and have a hands on learning environment here they can learn about urban agriculture.

Link to more images of this project:[link]
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GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello Jon, 

I wasn't able to find an email contact for you (tried LinkedIn, your blog, and architectural sites), and I would love to feature this project on a Scientific American blog that I co-author. Time is short though!  Please email me at theflyingtrilobite over on gmail dot com. Thanks! 

-Glendon Mellow
jonorobo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi. I have been away for a while. If you still wish to get my contact info, let me know.
GlendonMellow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Certainly would, Jonorobo! You can reach me at theflyingtrilobite using gmail dot com. 

Thanks for getting back in touch.
verticalcity Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really great! Vertical farms have so many advantages, far less water use per unit of food, no pesticides, year round harvest, taking up much less space than a normal farm. The only problem is the initial cost.
I really love your design!
jonorobo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I always love reading comments from people on the topic.
Lyra-Elante Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this would be a wonderful idea.
jonorobo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Check out my new vertical farm idea if you like.
brokenheart1410 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
i like ur work :)
GOONSxCMYK Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Interesting idea, though I'm not sure the additional images clarify very much. In the case of this piece and your other section of the music school, a corresponding plan or at least a key plan would be helpful to orient the viewer. What part of the building is this? Is south to the left perhaps? I like the idea of graduated growing areas, but some sun studies would also be useful to justify the angle and placement of the floors. As it is, it looks like most of your growing area is in shade...which, um? Perhaps an open atrium would help with that issue. Good work so far, I am interested to see what else you are working on. :)
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