Fast Future - Dickson Despommier
If Dr. Dickson Despommier has his way, the future will filled with skyscrapers growing soybeans and spinach. A microbiologist and ecologist at Columbia University, Dr. Despommier's latest project, Vertical Farm, not only provides new ways of cultivating the much needed produce required to feed our balooning population, it also addresses issues like municipal waste. You might even be able to go flyfishing on the 40th floor since the robust vertical ecosystem could maintain fish. With one vertical farm feeding up to 50,000 people, it just might be the solution many areas of the world are looking for. Growing food locally also provides other environmental benefits. With the right design, perhaps it could even provide some much needed connection to agriculture for urban dwellers.