Monday, July 7, 2008

High Density Growth

A fusion of vertical greening and urban agriculture, this interesting 'product' was spotted from Treehugger. A company by the name of Valcent Products developed this system for high-density gardening by, you guessed it, going upwards. Some images from the company's El Paso facility:

:: images via Valcent Products

Via Valcent: "The HDVG system grows plants in closely spaced pockets on clear, vertical panels that are moving on an overhead conveyor system. The system is designed to provide maximum sunlight and precisely correct nutrients to each plant. Ultraviolet light and filter systems exclude the need for herbicides and pesticides. Sophisticated control systems gain optimum growth performance through the correct misting of nutrients, the accurate balancing of PH and the delivery of the correct amount of heat, light and water."

I'm pretty sure this is a version of vertical hydroponics, which is not necessarily new. I guess you need the 'sophisticated control systems' but I'd watch out for the DEA snooping around... Another by a company called ecospace... with the ecocube, a modular prefab with hanging planters for gardening. (via Treehugger)

:: image via Treehugger

At first a head-scratcher, this student design is also from Treehugger. "Vert is a rain terrace: a rainwater harvester and vertical garden. This project establishes sustainable water practices through the harvesting of rain, and brings the advantages of a living wall to the backyard through vertical gardening. Vert alleviates a homes reliance on public utility systems while beautifying unused vertical space."

:: images via Treehugger

On first glance, I couldn't quite discern the function behind this one, but some expanded content explains in detail what's happening. Find more info from designer Michael Tampilic's site...

:: images via Treehugger

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post! I'm glad to see some actual products.


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