Nathan’s food for thought

For those who could not picture how an inner-city building could function as a farm, Nathan Skrivanavic’s ‘Verti-grow’ plans were an eye-opener.

The  Holy Cross College Ryde Year 12 graduate’s Design and Technology major project graced the walls at the Powerhouse Museum’s annual DesignTECH exhibition for the best HSC works by students in the subject until May 10.

Nathan designed a skyscraper-esque building that would act as a greenhouse for different organic produce, with a restaurant and supermarket on other levels to make use of the fresh food.

He said the herbicide and pesticide-free environment aimed to make food production more reliable, and overcome the limitations that season and location can create.

“I learnt an enormous amount during my design and research process about sustainable power and architecture methods, how aquaponics work and the underrated issues surrounding future global food growth,” he said.

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