Wednesday, March 19, 2008


According to a UN report, in 2010 about 50% of the Chinese population will reside in cities. This huge migration from rural regions to new urban settings will create a dramatic cultural and social crisis, a loss of existing traditions and considerable unemployment.

Some of the inevitable results of this mass urbanisation are the depletion of natural resources, the exhaustion of urban infrastructures and natural resources, as well as the disproportionate increase in air and soil pollution.

The winner of the 2nd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing, Knafo Kilmor Architects, presented a concept which addressed all of these concerns. The Agro-Housing program is one that combines a high-rise apartment complex with a vertical greenhouse within the same building.

The idea behind Agro-Housing is to create a close to home space where families can produce their own food supply according to their abilities and choices. This will allow the citizens more independence, freedom, and additional income.

Click here to view and learn more about Knafo Kilmor and their winning concept.