We understand the vertical farm as a structural element of the city. This new building typology carries the potential to rearrange linear material- and energy flows into circulatory ones. This intrinsically leads to an increase of the resilience of urban centres.
The potential in energy production and in increasing the energy efficiency therefor must be detected on multiple levels, they can’t be restricted on the building unit alone.
The key to unlock this potential is to link the vertical farm with the urban environment. For the energy production renewable energy resources are used such as solar- and wind energy, geothermal energy and ground water. Technologies to use excess heat can be adapted. Energetic synergy potentials of different building programmes can be activated.
The typological concept of the vertical farm therefor offers ideal energetic potentials for a synergetic interrelationship between building entities within a city which faces to achieve a circular economy.