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Title: FRAMING VERTICAL FARMING AS A SOLUTION TO SUSTAINABLE HOUSING IN SINGAPORE
Authors: YIT MIN HUI JOELYNN
Keywords: Real Estate
Wong Khei Mie Grace
2010/2011 RE
Environmental issues
Sustainable housing
Vertical farming
Issue Date: 19-Apr-2011
Citation: YIT MIN HUI JOELYNN (2011-04-19). FRAMING VERTICAL FARMING AS A SOLUTION TO SUSTAINABLE HOUSING IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Vertical farming, a recent concept introduced by American ecologist Dr. Dickson Despommier, proposes to conduct farming activities within high-rise buildings in urban areas. This idea presents vast opportunities in terms of increased crop production, elimination of weather-related problems, conservation of farmland resources, organic crops, and the possibility of energy production. In Singapore, it would be rational to conduct vertical farming as it could tackle issues such as food security without the need for vast land resources. Moreover, local food production would lessen effects on the environment by reducing the carbon footprint for transporting food across long distances. Thus, it would help to mitigate environmental effects such as climate change and peak oil. In particular, this study proposes to integrate vertical farming with future public housing designs by incorporating farming along the façade of HDB buildings. This proposal is inspired by the Agro-Housing concept in Wuhan, China. Hence, the public’s receptivity and the feasibility of vertical farming in Singapore were explored. This was done mainly by a survey conducted in Punggol estate, Singapore’s first eco-town. In general, the respondents indicated good awareness of environmental and sustainability issues. Moreover, 83.8% of the residents were supportive of vertical farming and a substantial 40% indicated willingness of time and energy commitment to farming activities. Despite some concerns regarding the maintenance of the farm space and the likelihood of pests, a high 84.8% of the respondents felt that vertical farming was feasible and many look forward to its implementation.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/221876
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