A new farming district, called Sunqiao, will be located between Shanghai's international airport and the city center.
With over 24 million residents, Shanghai is one of the densest cities in the world.
Sunqiao will include algae farms, greenhouses, green walls, a farmer's market, vertical seed libraries ...
... as well as housing, stores, restaurants, and a science museum.
The masterplan was conceived by Sasaki, an urban design firm that has offices in Massachusetts and Shanghai. It calls for the following (measured in total gross floor area): 717,000-square feet of housing, 138,000-square-feet of commercial space, 753,000-square-feet of vertical farms, and 856,000-square-feet of public space.
The masterplan features a vast amount of public outdoor space.
The farms will primarily grow leafy greens, like kale, bok choi, and spinach. Those will be sold to restaurants, grocers, or exported. In the future, Grove says the district may also raise fish in vertical aquaponic farms.
The district will be developed and maintained by Shanghai Sunqiao Modern Agriculture United Development Co. Ltd., which is working with local planning officials.