The vfi sees in Vertical Farming the potential to increase the overall energy efficiency of cities, to implement sustainable local economic structures, and to increase social interaction or the quality of life in urban areas. In addition, alternative farming methods have the potential to enable new or subsequent use of unused building fabric.
Essential plant-physiological and architectural typological considerations, potential analyses of climatic conditions, the conception of necessary building services as well as communication- and control technology cover the content of the discussion. Cultivation conditions are determined based on a specially created catalogue of crop varieties, thereby developing typological foundations for the architectural development. Based on this, a building typology is derived, which is examined for its energy requirements.