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Keywords:

  • Eric Vergne, Dystopian Farm Skyscraper, Manhattan, New York, 2009;
  • urban high-rise farm;
  • ‘growing surfaces’;
  • genetic engineering;
  • aeroponic watering;
  • nutrient technologies;
  • new and unforeseen urban experiences;
  • ecological preservation

Abstract

In this project for Manhattan, the typology of the high-rise is redefined. Farmers (producers) and city dwellers (consumers) are brought together in close proximity. Eric Vergne describes how rather than embracing the bucolic notion of the rural farm where food aspires to be grown in its most natural or organic state, this ‘dystopian farm’ by necessity embraces technologically advanced modes of food production such as genetic engineering. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.