One of the challenges posed by constantly growing urban populations who live far away from increasingly empty rural areas is this: how are we going to feed people in cities without using up all our available resources?
That very challenge was contemplated by the company Plantagon in 2002 and the innovative answer arrived through a new concept for vertical farming that has now been named “agritechture”. This new farming system is based on constructions that integrate greenhouses in buildings that have other common uses such as living quarters, offices, etc.
Robots care for crops, as they monitor everything that happens from the start of the cycle to harvesting.
For now, we are still far away from seeing these urban vegetable gardens in our cities, but a first step is being taken thanks to the construction of the first Plantagon building in the Swedish city of Linköping.