As the world's population expands, demand for water increases. Unfortunately, there will probably be less to go around. Italian architects Studiomobile have been working on various designs in the United Arab Emirates, and their most recent, the Seawater Vertical Farm, attempts to address these issues.
Designed for the needs of Dubai, where there is plentiful water but in the wrong place, the Seawater Vertical Farm uses seawater to cool and humidify greenhouses. The humidity is converted back into fresh water to irrigate crops.
The design is like a giant tree with five cocoon-greenhouses fixed to branches. The tree's structure makes optimal use of minimal amounts of water, and there's some compelling science behind it. Whether the citizens of Dubai take to it is as yet unsure, but it's in keeping with their grand designs of late, so why not? RM