With global population on the rise, natural resources used to produce food are becoming increasingly threatened by climate change, and urban sprawls are continuing to out-compete farmland, with more creative solutions to growing, distributing, and consuming food urgently needed. One crucial group we’ll have to rely on to build a more food-secure future? Architects and urban designers.

For several years now, the internet has been filled with utopian representations of futuristic cities filled with skyscraper farms. While inspiring, they tend to miss the mark on pragmatism. From a financial, engineering, and even horticultural perspective, the majority of these concepts would never be viable. And if they’re not viable, how can they be sustainable? Addressing this nagging question is what first inspired entrepreneur Henry Gordon-Smith to start writing about the intersection of architecture and agriculture in 2011, under the name Agritecture.

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