Architect Re-Envisions Cuban Port as Urban Farm and Food Hub

Architect Gonzalo Nicolau’s vision for an “Agro Factory” at a future Havana Food Port

For anyone who has been following Local Grown Salads’ work in the indoor vertical farming space, it will come as no surprise that we are always interested in what’s happening in our industry, and its surrounding spaces, as various individuals, companies and organizations work to maximize food safety, improve nutrition and combat food insecurity. So, naturally, we got a shot of inspiration this week when we saw Argentinian architect Gonzalo Nicolau share his vision for revitalizing a portion of Havana Harbor by converting it into a combined urban and international food hub. Posting a somewhat translated explanation of his concept for what he calls the Havana Food Port on the digital architecture and design magazine designboom, Nicolau delves into the current setup of Havana Harbor, concerns with our current food production and distributions systems, and his vision for revitalizing the Harbor, complete with stunning concept renderings.

Nicolau, from the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design – UNC, envisions the Havana Food Port as a space that combines production and distribution with education and public green spaces, featuring a four-floor “Agro Factory” that grows produce using hydroponics, aquaponics, traditional plots, and a type of growing originated in Cuba called organoponics. The “Agro Factory” facility would even include a complete solar system and water collection system to feed the plants growing within. He hopes that the project would reduce water consumption, increase productivity, and have a beneficial social and health impact locally.

You can learn more about the concept in Nicolau’s post on designboom, or, if you read Spanish, you can read his original proposal on Archinect.


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  1. Hydroponics/Aquaponics is an eco-efficient Agriculture and massive global industry worth billions, but development countries the people who need it most are being left behind.( Globally, it was estimated that the hydroponic farming industry was worth $21.4 billion in 2015, with its value projected to grow at 7 per cent per year. Slowly but steadily, farming appears to be changing)

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