What I love About the New York Sun Works

Sun Works Center in New York, photo by Ari Burling
  • It brings food production into the city. Whilst this example isn’t intended to be a productive farm, it shows how we can insert hydroponics, aquaponics and greenhouse growing into vacant space. Bringing food growing into the city is a vital pillar for adaptation.
  • Fresh organic produce from ‘farm to fork’, designing out transport related carbon emissions.
  • It brings community together. In this example the community building is in a school environment and centred around education, but it’s a model that is readily transferable to other community types and settings.
  • Rooftop greenhouses can be retro-fitted to existing buildings. It activates the ‘third plane’.
  • It creates recreational, social, gathering space around Nature, typically always in short supply in most of our urban environments. Safely away from the street, and a safe space for communities.
  • Harnesses rainwater, helps cool the building underneath, recycles organic waste.
  • A greenhouse has better ability to modulate the temperature for the plants (they don’t have to be all glass) which in many climate zones will be an important defence against extreme heat and heat events.
  • Food production can continue even when a climate event has interrupted food supply chains into the city, whether that be through damaging crops (floods, wildfires, storms and hurricanes) or blocking access (from floods or wildfires).
  • In this setting children are also learning about growing food, a great investment for a future where climate impacted industrial food chains will experience significant disruption.

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