The Vertical Farm: Exploring Applications for Peri-urban Areas

  • Kheir Al-KodmanyEmail author
Part of the Modeling and Optimization in Science and Technologies book series (MOST, volume 17)


This chapter reviews recent advances in greenhouse technologies, including hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics, and explains how they have provided a promising future to the vertical farm concept. It argues that compact high-tech agriculture is not only applicable in dense urban areas but also in peri-urban areas. Indeed, new high-tech systems represent a paradigm shift in farming and food production and offer suitable and efficient methods for peri-urban farming by minimizing maintenance and maximizing yield. Upon reviewing these technologies and examining project prototypes, we find that these efforts do plant the seeds for the realization of efficient and compact forms of large-scale indoor farming. The chapter, however, speculates about the consequences, advantages, and disadvantages of the vertical farm. Economic feasibility, codes, regulations, and a lack of expertise remain major obstacles in the path to implementing the vertical farm.


Food security Climate change Environment Health Economics Ecology Sustainability Innovative technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urban Planning and PolicyCollege of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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