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An Old Chicago Packing Plant Succeeds as a New Urban Indoor Farm

Fast Company shared an interesting story on The Plant, an urban indoor farm in Chicago. The farm originated when entrepreneur John Edel took over a vacant factory and converted into a pseudo urban jungle ecosystem. Literally, it’s an ecosystem – a fish farm’s waste fertilizes plants, grow lights give waste heat to the building, and carbon dioxide waste from a brewery helps grow plants.

The intriguing aspect of the indoor urban farm is the possibility of its replication across cities. In an era of pro organic and local, such a concept seems like it can take off in multiple urban areas. With that said, imagine the future opportunities as a facilities manager, an architect, or interior designer. How do these roles change to manage or design a vertical indoor farm? As a facilities manager, you’ll manage not only the space of people and departments, but additionally the space of different farms or gardens. As an architect or interior designer, how will you capture the idea of a sprawling rural farm harnessed within a vertically scaling building?

Given the success story of The Plant, one will definitely have to keep an eye out for similar buildings cropping up in other major cities.

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