Grow UP? Great idea – you could also put plants that need more light at the top.

Fast Company: As one of the densest countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 people per square mile, Singapore doesn’t really have room for farms. A But could floating vertical farms make local food a reality?

Architects from Barcelona-based design firm JAPA have proposed a new system of looping towers that could float in local harbors, providing new space for year-round crops. Called F.R.A., short for “floating responsive architecture,” the design is inspired in part by floating fish farms that have been in use locally since the 1930s.

The unusual shape is intended to save space and maximize the light that reaches plants. “We used the sun as a design driver,” says Javier Ponce, principal from JAPA. “The loop shape enables the vertical structure to receive more sunlight without having significant shadows.”


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