For the first time in its modern history, Syria had to import wheat after a serious drought in 2008 where the majority of the farmers’ crops failed. At the same time, the fertile land of their oases is rapidly disappearing under the increasing urban sprawl – water and green open spaces are very precious commodities in this region.
In response to the alarming situation in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, architects James Murray and Toby Lloyd from the United Kingdom proposed a series of vertical hydroponics oases which provide housing and allotments for local residents. It only utilizes ten percent of the water needed in regular farming. Hydroponic towers can increase the yield and quality of horticulture crops. At the same time, by eliminating the soil, you eliminate soil borne disease and weeds while gaining precise control over quality.
Offices and laboratories are also provided for the scientists as well as housing for the caretakers. A local market is provided at the base of the tower where local produce will be sold.
An external and internal “waffle” structure provides anchor for “growth” pods. A series of structural pipes feed these hydroponic pods which plug-in to the main structural frame. The project also counts with water collectors, purification tanks, wind turbines, and solar panels.
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