SPARK designs urban farming housing for Singapore’s elderly population

The proposal blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming by integrating vertical aquaponic farming and rooftop soil planting into multi-unit housing for seniors.

December 02, 2014 |

Architecture firm SPARK has released a design that it thinks can be a solution to issues surrounding Asia’s aging population, as well as the food and land scarcity that plagues many urban metropolises, ArchDaily reports.

The proposal, named House Farm, blends affordable retirement housing with urban farming by integrating vertical aquaponic farming and rooftop soil planting into multi-unit housing for seniors.

Though the concept was designed with Singapore in mind, SPARK Director Stephen Pimbley tells ArchDaily that there is potential for the design to be “applied at any location that would support the growth of leafy green vegetables on building façades and rooftops.”

Increased life expectancy in many Asian countries will push the number of people aged 65 and above to grow by 314% from 207 million in 2000 to 857 million in 2050, the architect found, which is why programming, planning, and design aimed for such a sizeable aging population is a crucial step in the region.

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