Fish From The Sky, With Veggies: The Globe Greenhouse;by Susan DeFreitas: Fish from the sky may sound like pie-in-the-sky, but it’s a real thing, sort of. Conceptual Devices‘ Globe/Hedron design, created in conjunction with Urban Farmers AG, is a bamboogreenhouse intended for raising fish and vegetables on top of generic, flat roofs. And while this design was not an entry in this year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge, we have no doubt that old Bucky would have appreciated it. Not only does it take on the basic human problem of sustainable food production in an innovative and elegant way, it’s built around Fuller’s most famous invention, the geodesic dome.

Optimized for aquaponic farming techniques — i.e., the fish’s water nourishes the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish — a single Globe/Hedron has the potential to feed four families of four year round. Via the magic load-distributing properties of the geodesic dome, the load of the fish tank rests on the frame of the greenhouse and is thus redistributed across a larger surface. Because of this design, the aquaponic farm can be housed on most flat roofs without any structural building adaptation. What’s more, it was designed to be manufactured and sold at a low cost, making it an affordable addition for apartment buildings seeking a built-in community garden.

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