When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crises, he didn't just think big - he thought up. Despommier's stroke of genius, the vertical farm, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including:
Vertical farms can be located on abandoned city properties, creating new urban revenue streams. They will employ lots of skilled and unskilled labor. They can be run on wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. They can be used to grow plants for pharmaceutical purposes or for converting gray water back into drinking water.
In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us, this is a totally original landmark work destined to become a classic.
©2010 Dickson Despommier (P)2010 Tantor
I absolutely love the dream of this book. My excitement while listening was at 5 stars, but... Unfortunately after study, the book is based on wishes as well as present technology. It is a mix with enough functional technology blended with wishful thinking, to have confused me, initially. I started to 'buy the whole package'..... Fortunately, my Ag background raised resistance to things like, where all the light 'power' might come from, it is a major problem for indoor growers. Then, I looked into his proposition of plasma gasification. That seems to be a dead end for the moment. Plasma gasification plants have been tried in the US, and should be again, but none are working, and the plants have closed. Most plants in other countries (one reported in Germany took US$500 million down with it) have also given up.... For now, I feel like I have listened to a techno version of a Dan Brown novel - believable, but functionally fiction. I wish it were true, maybe this is an image of things to come....
I am an bibliophile, writer, artist, engineering designer, composer, futurist, inventor, and polymath! I am a life-long learner.
A lot of background and history, but I like that kind of stuff. The author finally gets to the main subject and treats it well. The four stars are mainly for the great concept.
If you are looking for a book to convince you that vertical farms will be a necessity in the next 100 years, this is your book. If you are looking for a book that will give you a guide illustrating how one might build a vertical farm with practical, existing technology, this is definitely not your book. He is heavy on history and reasons for urban farming, which I'm all for, but he is light on any practical insights on how one might do such a thing. C-
this is a hugely fascinating and thought provoking topic, well written and narrated. but man would i kill for a whole lot more in depth discussion on possible designs of the facility itself and all the myriad impacts this could have on human society if widely adopted.
in short MORE! MORE! MORE!
well worth the credit.
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