The folks at New York magazine asked four architects to come up with fantasy buildings for the plot at Canal and Varick in NYC. We like this one from Work AC that is an apartment building topped with a working farm. The concept was born out of ideas generated during at Young Architects Program at P.S.1.
"We thought we'd bring the farm back to the city and stretch it vertically," says Work AC co-principal Dan Wood. "We are interested in urban farming and the notion of trying to make our cities more sustainable by cutting the miles [food travels]," adds his co-principal (and wife) Amale Andraos.
Unfortunately, of the four concepts in the article, this one is presented as the least practical. Growing food near where people live? Doesn't seem all that impractical to us!
See the other 3 concepts here.