Land is a precious thing on our planet. Though as we’re increasingly realizing, it is also finite. Wars have been waged over the acquisition of land and as we continue using it all up to build the future, the question lingers on: what happens when we run out? For two architects, however, this question can be easily answered – in space!
“2250 AD. Earth is highly urbanized. Nearly 50 billion of people live on the Earth. New technologies offer several kinds of sustainable food production, but every piece of land is occupied. The Plantage Skyhanger would therefore solve local food production and supply problem in highly urbanized equator area. The basic idea is to provide real food – real soil medium, real daylight, original organic plant species – by vertical farming in new structure, hanged from space, which is hovering above the city.”
– Michal Ganobjak & Martin Koiš, eVolo
Based in Slovakia, architects Michal Ganobjak and Martin Koiš believe the future of architecture, and even vertical gardening, will become increasingly reliant upon our access to the cosmos which surrounds our planet. By harnessing skyscrapers from a space station orbiting the Earth, we’ll be able to provide an affordable and safe means of vegetation which relaxes our reliance of land. These skyscrapers would be known as Plantage Skyhangers.
Photo Credit: Michal Ganobjak and Martin Koiš
To achieve this, we’d first need to construct the space station. According to the architects, these hubless stations would serve as both counterweights for the skyscrapers and as seed banks. To ensure strength and stability, the stations would use rope made out of carbon nanotube fiber which would hang from the station down to Earth. As the planet continues rotating, the station and skyhanger would rotate simultaneously. Both the station and hanger would remain in operation 24/7.
To learn more about the Plantage Skyhanger, be sure to check out eVolo’s website for more information.