Agritecture is the art, science, and business of integrating agriculture into cities. The term was first popularized by our Founder Henry Gordon-Smith in Fall 2011 when Henry was researching how cities could use agriculture to develop resilience to climate change. By definition, Agritecture is about applying architectural thinking when designing agriculture for the built environment. Often, architects design farming in the city in a very different way than agriculturalists would. Architects often design impossible vertical farming and urban agriculture concepts that ignore the realities of farming operations. In contrast, agriculturalists often miss some of the greatest design, aesthetic and social integration opportunities when they develop urban farms. Agritecture is about integrating the disciplines of agriculture and architecture.
Architecture is commonly defined as “the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings” and agritecture is about balancing art (design), science (agriculture) and business (social entrepreneurship). Today, Agritecture’s blog covers a wide range of global urban agriculture, local agriculture, greenhouse, vertical farming, aquaponics, hydroponics and regenerative agriculture news. Agritecture’s consulting services are designed to help entrepreneurs, developers, and cities plan and launch successful agritecture, urban agriculture, vertical farming, and local agriculture projects.
A lot of people ask us “what is Agritecture”? To help you better understand what Agritecture is, we have curated a selection of projects and concepts below that illustrate the concept and successfully balance the art, science, and business of integrating agriculture into the built environment.