Revolutionary Space-Saving Vertical Farms in China

Due to China’s rapid urban expansion, its no surprise that much of their usable farmlands are disappearing. While the country has the largest agricultural output and supplies over twenty percent of the worlds population, only ten percent of all the land China owns is arable. This was the main driving force behind Spain-based architectural firm JAPA’s latest concept.

Located just outside city lines, Dyn-net or Dynamic Vertical Networks is a series of high-rise towers that supply the food needs of the metropolis. They would be constructed out of lightweight yet high tensile materials with a focus on using as many recyclable resources as possible. Each ring on the skyscraper has the ability to shift and change positions to better suit the plants. The structures use hydroponics to grow produce, using little to no soil at all, and will even be outfitted with labs to better monitor growth and nutritional value of the crops.

The buildings will be open to visitors, allowing them to learn more about local agriculture, while also taking in the 360 degree panoramic views each platform offers. The overall goal of the project is to save land, supply food, and become a biodiversity magnet for travelers from all around the world.

JAPA Architect’s website

January 17, 2017

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home. As a former industrial site, Tour & Taxis was once a symbol of the golden age of Industrialization, and its approximately 100 acres (40 hectares)

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January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

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