Binghua Lei

Binghua Lei

Ithaca, NY, US


Realtime Urban Farming

During the global pandemic, the intake of both vegetables and fruits by New York residents has dropped significantly as people prefer snacks and fast food, especially in Harlem, where some retail stores no longer offer fresh vegetables and fruits. Because of the short shelf life of such products, they are bound to cause losses if they cannot be sold out in a short period. Then building an attractive vertical farm in the city and letting customers come in and pick their fruits and vegetables became a solution. The entire building exists as an agricultural infrastructure for the city, with all the plumbing, wiring, and structures that will serve the growing.

The study found that stereoscopic planting needs full wavelength light irradiation, and the atmosphere of this light is very similar to the atmosphere of bars in the city, so the program tries to combine high-tech stereoscopic farms with city bars to increase public participation in urban farming. It will be a unique experience where customers can witness the whole process of strawberries from being picked to being squeezed into juice, and the shape of the building will change with the growth of the plants, thus adapting to the differentiated needs of the product production flow at different times of the year.

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Status: School Project
Location: New York, NY, US
My Role: individual