These services include the potential improvement in indoor air quality; potential reduction in building cooling loads; reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and urban heat island effects; potential air, water and waste remediation within building envelopes, basements and facades; Potential reduction in noise pollution; and potential to return agricultural lands to original, biodiverse environments.
The compound impacts of increasing urban populations, heavy taxation of land with agricultural uses, increasing hunger, and current energy intense means of methods of building practices have significant implications for human health and wellbeing. Working at the intersection of food security and the design of the built environment, we are linking lessons from controlled environment agriculture with the potentially synergistic ecosystems services and health benefits that could arise from urban agriculture, in order to address the intractable challenges that cities face.
Can we simultaneously improve access to nutrition, air and water quality through the use of building-integrated vegetation?
Image: Sectional perspective of potential integrated agricultural facade systems combining controlled environment agricultural methods with architectural peformance factors including light and heat mitigation at the envelope