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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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LAS VEGAS | Vertical Farm | 30 fl | Pro

Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm
Las Vegas the tourist mecca of the World is set to begin development of the World’s first vertical farm. The $200 million dollar project is designed to be a functional and profitable working farm growing enough food to feed 72,000 people for a year and provide another tourist attraction to the city that does everything in a larger than life way.

The World currently uses about 80% of the available farm land and 60% of the earth’s population lives near or in an urban environment so the logical choice for farming is to go up for land where the environment can be controlled and where distribution is local. Las Vegas is seen as the perfect location for this project by Nevada State officials who would like to demonstrate their sustainability and environmental awareness instead of projecting an image of waste and excess.

Although the project initial cost is high at $200 million, with annual revenue of $25 million from produce and another $15 million from tourists the 30 story vertical farm would be about as profitable as a casino with operating expenses only being about $6 million a year.

There would be about 100 different crops grown ranging from strawberries to lettuce even miniature banana trees could be grown from each floors specially controlled environment. The products would go straight to the casinos and hotel properties and be a very visible and desirable addition to the overall Las Vegas experience. Design details should be worked out in 2008and the project could open its doors by the middle of 2010.




Revenue from the 30 story Vertical Farm would approach $40 Annually

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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:50 PM   #2
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This is crazy. What is going to grow there?
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:52 PM   #4
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This is crazy. What is going to grow there?
There would be about 100 different crops grown ranging from strawberries to lettuce even miniature banana trees...
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:17 PM   #5
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wow! pretty unique i should say!
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #6
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wow, that is absolutely outstanding. Compliments to Vegas to be the first in the world to experiment such a new technological feature that will probably become common in the future.
Where if not in america?
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #7
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Great project, heard of it before but Don't Las Vegas got huge problem with water? Where are they gonna get all the water needed to the function of this vertical farm?
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:42 PM   #8
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this is gay...
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #9
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Cant wait to hear more news of this tower!
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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #10
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Even more potential places in the future.

Vertical farming in the big Apple
By Jeremy Cooke
BBC News, New York

Is this how farms will look in the future?

Downtown Manhattan is hardly a place you would associate with agriculture. Rather, with its countless restaurants, cafes, shops and supermarkets this is a place of consumption.


link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6752795.stm



'Farm in the sky' planned for New York.
By Matthew Moore


Plans for a "vertical farm" growing crops in the centre of New York are a step closer to becoming reality.


Plan for a vertical farm drawn up by SOA Architects in association with Dr Despommier

Local officials in Manhattan are drawing up a study to investigate whether a farm skyscraper would be economically and environmentally viable.

Urban vertical farms have been mooted by architects for several years, but until now had been widely dismissed as expensive and impractical.

But there now appears to be a real drive to push ahead with a pilot project. "I think we can really do this," said Scott Stringer, the borough president of Manhattan and the man who hopes the pitch the idea to the mayor's office. "We could get the funding."

He added: "Obviously we don't have vast amounts of vacant land, but the sky is the limit in Manhattan".



Mr Stringer's ambition was fired by the designs of Dr Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University, and chief evangelist for the vertical farm project.

The 30-storey towers he envisages would grow enough food – crops, fruit and vegetables - for 50,000 local people, he claims.

They would cut energy use in food production by reducing the distance crops are transported, and would also guarantee urban food supply at a time of rising prices.

Dr Despommier also claims that the towers would be self-sufficient, generating clean energy and purifying wastewater, and would allow crops to be grown without pesticides, as they would be protected from insects and the elements.



Critics point out that the cost of land in Manhattan would cancel out savings in food transportation costs, and the shortage of land in the city may make the project prohibitively expensive.

Even Dr Despommier admits that more research needs to be done into the energy efficiency of the farms.

But he is confident that his dream could become a reality, even if the first vertical farms are much shorter than the 30-storey behemoths he has been proposing.

"It's very idealistic and ivory tower and all of that," he told the newspaper. "But there's a real desire to make this happen."

Last Updated: 12:01am BST 15/07/2008
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link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/mai...eafarms115.xml

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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #11
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This project is just a speculative "vision" being shopped around a bunch of different cities and has never been "proposed" at any location in Las Vegas.

Read this blog.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/gam...yscraper-farm/



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Old January 17th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #12
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this would be so cool
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Old January 17th, 2008, 08:25 PM   #13
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some of you guys are easily convinced, post a rendering and you guys will ask whens construction going to begin, not even considering if its plausible..


im proposing a tower, called vertical toilet...40 stories of toilets...
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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:07 AM   #14
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I remember reading about this in popular science, they said they had plans for a smaller proto-type to be open in 2010, guess this is it.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:41 AM   #15
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im proposing a tower, called vertical toilet...40 stories of toilets...


anyway, The idea and concept is cool, innovative and very interessant, hope someday this get built it any city.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:10 AM   #16
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Great project, heard of it before but Don't Las Vegas got huge problem with water? Where are they gonna get all the water needed to the function of this vertical farm?
I would think some could be recovered thru condensation on the inside of the tower, and some recycled thru the soil, i'm almost sure it is planned to be as self sustaining as possible.

I personally like the idea, projects like this could help in research for orbital or lunar agricultural development....
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:59 PM   #17
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the desert + many hotels in Vegas .... should be possible to do good money with the vegetables and fruits.

and saves a lot of truck transport from outer vegas ...


Is this for producing or science ? anyone knows ?
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Old January 18th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #18
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That's one ugly monster. I don't know what else to say. The idea of growing something in that kind of tower is pretty good tho. But for God sake, degin the facade a little better!
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Old January 28th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #19
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Some more news...

Las Vegas, stomping ground of the high roller, world capital of glitz and glamour, home to the American dream... and very soon farmers.

Yes, it seems those whacky Americans have come up with an idea which will actually have a positive impact on the environment - the first ever Vertical farm to be built in a city that uses about 3,400,000 kWh/year in electricity and wastes more energy than you can shake a stick at.

Its long been realised that in order to cope with the world populations need for housing the only way for housing, work and shopping space is to go upwards but now plans are afoot to take food production in a skyward direction.

When built the vertical farm will have 30 storeys where about 100 different kinds of crops from strawberries to courgettes and even mini banana trees can be grown in fully controllable environments, putting an end to bad whether wiping out entire crops in one foul swoop.

The project developed by Dickinson Despommier will cost a whopping $200 million to get off the ground and revenue per year is expected to be $25 million from the sale of produce with a further $15 million from tourism. It's hoped the farm will be a welcome addition to the Las Vegas experience. This will make it just as profitable to run as a casino but it will have a much lower running cost of $6 million per year.

The farm will grow enough food to feed 72,000 people a year which although impressive is a drop in the ocean as visitor numbers to the city hit over 37 million a year and the produce will be sold to the surrounding hotels, casinos and other local businesses which will reduce both the cost of shipping and the distance covered to deliver them, cutting the carbon foot print further still.

Finishing touches to the design are expected to be complete some time this year and its planned to have the farm up and running by 2010, whether it will just stick to fruit and veg is unknown. In some sort of freak accident pigs may fly, well briefly at least.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 06:57 PM   #20
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An absolutely fantastic idea! Who would have thought that Paily Shore's Biodome movie could have possibly inspired this project.
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