Density and vertical farming, or New York meets New Hampshire.

March 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm 2 comments

I happened upon another good infographic in one of GOOD’s latest contests. This one is by Shane Keaney:

It presents some interesting thoughts. What if all Americans really did live super densely (the density of Brooklyn), in one tiny little state (the size of New Hampshire)? It’s interesting to me to think about being able to physically get to everybody in the country within the day without pre-planned travel. I wonder if the quality of landlords would be better or worse than they currently are in Brooklyn? I wonder what our accents would sound like (or if we’d even have any anymore)? I wonder how vacation habits would change?

I also wonder what would happen in terms of farming and food production… which got me thinking about a different post on GOOD that asked Could Manhattan Feed Manhattan? The video on this post, produced by The Why Factory, shows a gorgeous (silent) video rendering of the vertical space needed to produce all the food we consume on this island. One of the solutions: a 23-mile high vertical farming tower.

March 19’s design idea is consider the theoretical effects of large-scale population density on your everyday life. I’m honestly not sure if I’m for or against the idea of every American living in a New Hampshire-sized bubble. But I do think it would be pretty cool to have 650 feet of vertical farming on my roof.

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