Authors: Krystyna Januszkiewicz
Global climate change poses increasing challenges for food production in the following decades. This paper deal with a new possibility and advisability of creating a systemic solution to resolve the problem of food security in highly-urbanized areas. The first part of the paper defines the main environmental and spatial constrains which humanity is already facing indicate that vertical farms are going to be an important part of the future horticultural production. The second part presents results of the research program undertaken at West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin by authors. The program goes on to attempt to solve the problem through architectural design. This study highlights an integrating large-scale horticultural production directly into the cities, where the most of the food consumption takes place. In conclusions emphasizes, that the design will force architects, engineers and urban planners to completely revise and redefine contemporary design process and understanding of the idea-fix of sustainable design. To successfully migrate food production from extensive rural areas to dense environment of city centers, a new holistic approach, integrating knowledge and advances of multiple fields of science, have to developed.
Keywords: food seciurity; climate change; vertical farming formatting; architectural design; urbanized areas