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love it. something avatar would design'
Dragonfly concept aims for ecological self-sufficiency in New York

The latest concept design from Vincent Callebaut Architects – the Dragonfly – has been designed with the intention of easing the ever-increasing need for ecological and environmental self-sufficiency in the urban cityscape. The proposed development, designed around the Southern bank of Roosevelt Island in New York, follows a vertical farm design which, it is hoped, would cultivate food, agriculture, farming and renewable energy in an urban setting.

The unique 128 floor, 700m concept design is spread over two oblong towers and suggests building a prototype of an urban farm in which a mixed programme of housing, offices, laboratories and farming spaces are vertically laid out over several floors and cultivated by its inhabitants. The architecture of the design proposes reinventing the vertical building, so associated with the New York skyline of the 19th and 20th centuries, both structurally and functionally as well as ecologically.

The functional organisation of the design is arranged around two 600m towers, symmetrically arranged around a huge climactic greenhouse that links them, and constructed of glass and steel. This greenhouse, which defines the shape of the design, supports the load of the building and is directly inspired by the structural exoskeleton of dragonfly wings. Two inhabited rings buttress around the ‘wings,’ and along the exterior of these are solar panels, which will provide up to half the buildings electricity, with the rest being supplied by three wind machines along the vertical axes of the building.

While most would argue that the unconventional design of Dragonfly would be more suited to Dubailand than New York, the conceptual design tackles the contemporary dilemma of food production and agriculture in a city sorely lacking in the horizontal space required to do so, as well as attempting to achieve this in an ecologically sound and renewable way by merging production and consumption in the heart of the city.














 

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Now..... I thought the derelict old mansion where the Green Goblin came to a chilling end in Spiderman needed a face lift. I imagined some of it restored with grand gardens but this plan seems to be more of a major makeover ?......hmmm not NY to me...
 

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Now theres a megatall we could all feel warm and fuzzy about, wouldn't have people trolling the thread to make us feel guilty about slavery and worker exploitation :) I love it, but its just a vision right? Projects like that don't actually happen...imagine if it did though

(Cul, I take it i_am_hydrogen locked the international thread - maybe you could unlock it and move it to the Architecture section???? Its a interesting concept, I think people should be able to discuss it)
 

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It is an interesting design all right, would never get built unless someone like Bill Gates decides he wants to do it.

One gets the feeling this is perhaps some of the few architects still in a job just going to town on an outlandish design just because they have nothing else to do...
 

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gawd, not only would this be mega expensive, it would be an eyesore before it was finished, not to mention food production would more than likely cost a bomb as you couldnt get a tractor up there i bet
 

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I will likely stand alone by liking and enjoying this design/concept. It's futuristic, energy efficient, and within the natural environment. If the future must look like this, and it helps the planet and our race as an added benefit, then I'm happy.
 

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The old mansion in Spiderman was actually an old hospital for tuberculosis patients. It has been stabilized and partially rebuilt.
Are you serious ? OK it's been a while since I visited New York ( 2007) but this area on the southern end of Rooservelt Island looked pretty depraved......I often wonder why prime real estate was so neglected just off Manhattan?
 
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