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Generic Architecture as Strategic Design for Rooftop Urban Agriculture: Aquaponic Farm in Basel for Urban Farmers.

Large, flat, homogeneous and unused industrial rooftops offer great possibilities to install urban farms and provide food within the city. Industrial areas building codes normally do not constrain heights, so farming activities are a concrete opportunity to capitalize the unused industrial rooftop spaces. Urban farming has a lot to do with the use of unexpressed potential of the city space. It is a tool to turn them productive. It is a tool – I say – to grow the city. To cultivate it from all the possible aspects as a living environment.

The aquaponic rooftop farm designed for Urban Farmers in Basel consists of a strategic design to make that happen. The farm is precisely conceived as an urban device to grow the city. It is a generic architecture that consist of two pre-fab modules that correspond to the two main feature of the farming program: the greenhouse for the production of fish and vegetables, and the containers for all the other activities, administration, storage, dressing rooms, etc. Both modules can be “dropped” on the rooftop and be organized in different layouts according to the needs, size and other specificity of the site. In other words it is a generic building for a specific need: to engage the possibility to grow food on top of any flat industrial building.

The architecture consists in the organization of the program into the modular layout that these two simple elements can offer. A third element, namely a the fire security staircase, is needed to be attached to the existing building for direct rooftop security evacuation. The Urban Farmers rooftop farm consists of a 400 square meters industrial installation able to grow fish and vegetables thanks to the so called aquaponic technique. A system in which fish nourish the vegetables and the vegetables clean the water for the fish. Fish and vegetables lives in a balanced environment. This project investigate the possibility to stretch this analogy between the farm and the city itself and overcome the historical dichotomy between city and country side.

Urban Farmers AG Basel. Total Area: 400 mq.
Design to Construction Time: 2010 – 2012.
Design Team: Antonio Scarponi, Architect and principal of Conceptual Devices. Stefano Massa, Senior Architect at Conceptual Devices.
Photo Credits: © Monica Tarocco, 2013.


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  2. UrbanFarmers Concept Farm Model Presented at TEDx Zurich.
  3. FARM-X. The First Modular Vertical Farm Concept (Almost) Unveiled.
  4. Orto Perpetuo. A Year-round Edible Garden Module in Your Apartment. Urban Agriculture Survival Kit, Salone del Mobile, Milano 2014.
  5. La Città Libera. Design Process Workshop. FHNW, Basel, 26-28.3.18.
  6. Malthus, a Meal a Day. Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Food and Love the (Population) Bomb.
  7. La Città Libera. Installation and Workshops at the Swiss Art Awards, Art Basel 2018, 12-17.06.
  8. Harvesting Station, a Reclaiming Device for the Interstitial Spaces of the City.
  9. Fish and Crops: Design Royale Workshop Results Will be Pesented at Fuori Salone During Milano Design Week.
  10. Storie. The Italian Design. ELIOOO Exhibited at the Triennale Design Museum: 14.04.18 – 20.01.19



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1 Mark Parker 21/06/2014 at 06:22

To: Marketing Manager
From: Mark Parker, Engineering Technical Services Provider
Melbourne, Florida, USA

A friend sent to me information that spoke of your Roof-Top Aquiponics Farm Kit ( . I am planning on building an in-door year-round operation on a large scale. I would like to see what you have that can be incorporated into my farm. I will be adding LED lighting and computer for control. The farm is to include water treatment for re-use either within the farm unit or for use on an outdoor farm plot.

Now that I have found your web site, I see that you have more than one product.

I am seeking Kit Part Numbers, Item Description, importing information or USA distributor contact data.

Thank you for you help

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