If the current farm system is insufficient to sustainably produce
food for our ever-growing cities, then a new model must be explored.
Cities offer several challenges to food production- limited land and
high land valuation make traditional farming difficult (if not
impossible) to use as a productive, sustainable model. However,
hydroponic farming (a soil-less farming method that instead uses
concentrated nutrients in solution fed over the root system of a plant)
has made great advancements in the last five decades, yet still remains
on the fringes of food production. Hydroponic farming uses between
1/10th and 1/20th of the water consumption of ‘traditional’ farming and
is capable of producing food 365 days a year. Local production can
eliminate not only the consumption of fuel, but also the cost and
resources involved in transporting food across the country. Based on
these benefits, my thesis proposes the development of an architecture
of hydroponic agriculture that can be brought successfully into the
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