What If?

All our food could be grown in the city?

Agricultural and food production are a major cause of climate change. Our food is produced all over the world and travels thousands of kilometres to arrive on our table. What would happen if we could no longer rely on the global countryside for our food production? What would happen if our fresh food was produced in skyscrapers, right here in the city we live in? How would that change the way we think about food?

How would this change the way the city looks, feels and works?


Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
37°48'34.6"S 144°57'20.2"E


FarmHD is a design led investigation exploring how high density vertical farming and associated disruptive agricultural technologies might shape the future of cities.

Through the lens of architecture and urban design the project has explored what would need to shift in cities in order to make urban farming a realistic proposition, and where the opportunities for design might be in the future.

The world is urbanising at an incredible rate. While the population expands rapidly, more people are living in cities. As of recently more than half of the world’s population live in cities, and the megacity is the fastest growing urban type. At the same time man made climate change is drastically reducing the world’s arable land, jeopardising the world’s food supply. The future of food production lies in intensive industrialised processes that make maximum use of land and other resources. While not yet practical, or economically feasible, this future might include high density vertical farming.

Far from the romanticised view of urban farming, we speculate that the adoption of disruptive urban farming technologies has the potential to dramatically change the way our cities look and work, and that a radical re-thinking of the relationship between urban production and consumption is necessary to sustainable future cities.