WHY?

  • Rapidly Changing Population Habitat Patterns – major shift from Rural to Urban
  • Ever increasing energy costs – resulting in increased food transportation costs
  • Provide some level of Food Security by being able to grow locally – average miles food travels is 1,200 miles
  • Reduce reliance on harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers to grow food and keep it from spoiling
  • Empower the Urban population with ability to learn new skills re growing food locally and naturally
  • Create Employment opportunities locally – market
  • Increase Education of importance of eating naturally grown food free of harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Help reduce Obesity at all levels, increase awareness of nutritional value of local grown food as well as culinary skills
  • Increase the overall health and outlook of the Urban dwellers
  • Re-use, Recycle and Reduce the overall carbon footprint by incorporating as many of the Green technologies as possible
  • Meet the rapidly growing need for Urban Integrated Agriculture– both Commercial Farming and Multi –Use Housing Communities

 

 

Shopping Center Urban AGRI-TECTURE

“Our rapidly urbanizing world is faced with a very real challenge—supporting a larger population with fewer resources. The UN reports that by 2050, the global population will swell to 9.1 billion with 6.3 billion people predicted to live in urban areas.  This unprecedented urban growth requires a novel approach to alleviate food scarcity, and a shift in preconceptions about what the urban fabric can offer.  The re-imaging of cities as a bastion for urban agriculture has spurred a number of provocative designs.  While many of the schemes succeed in bringing food production closer to where it’s consumed, they are still too energy inefficient to serve as viable models…” The Team at Architzer

  1. Is there any Consumer Demand of Urban Integrated Agriculture – both Commercial Farming and Multi –Use Housing Communities
  2. Where – Areas is such demand likely to be the greatest
  3. Who is the consumer who is most interested and willing to invest – buy into such developments
  4. What “Scale” should such developments take – Type – Location – Faith Based or Not – Ownership – Rental?
  5. Construction Costs v Potential Selling Price
  6. Incorporating such Urban Integrated Agriculture into Local Education Systems – All levels of Schools
  7. Incorporating such at Government Buildings– Hospitals
  8. Any External Investor Funding – Business Development
  9. Any Corporate and – or Government Assistance Programs– Federal – State – Local: For developers / consumers

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