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Vertical farm wins skyscraper competition

April 15, 2017 03:00PM

Mashambas Skyscraper by Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski

Mashambas Skyscraper by Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski

A conceptual high-rise intended for use in sub-Saharan Africa would taking farming vertical and help eliminate hunger. Now, the architects behind the tower, Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski, have won the the eVolo Skyscraper Competition for their design.

Dubbed Mashambas Skyscraper, The Tower Won First Place out of 444 entries in a contest that asked architects to create futuristic towers, according to Dezeen.

“Over 40 percent of people living in sub-Saharan Africa live in absolute poverty,” Lipiński and Frankowski said in a statement. “More than half of them have something in common – they’re small farmers.”

The modular and scalable building would serve as a farm, an educational centre and a marketplace, while occupying a relatively small footprint.

“When the local community becomes self-sufficient, it is transported to other places,” they explained.

[Dezeen] Christopher Cameron