Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your mornings with the good, the beautiful, the true... Subscribe to Aleteia's free newsletter!
Sign me up!

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

Moveable farm tower wins skycraper competition

MASHAMBAS;SKYSCRAPER
Pawel Lipiński | Mateusz Frankowski
Share

The building would introduce modern agricultural techniques to those living in poverty.

Every year eVolo Magazine holds a competition among architects to see who can come up with the most groundbreaking skyscraper.

This year’s first place winner, the Mashambas skyscraper, was no gleaming tower of glass and steel, but rather, a movable farm tower, designed to introduce modern farm techniques to poor villages in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

MASHAMBAS;SKYSCRAPER
Pawel Lipiński | Mateusz Frankowski

 

The tower, designed by Polish architects Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski, would be constructed where poverty and hunger continue in spite of innovations in farming techniques such as irrigation and fertilization that have raised the standard of living throughout the world.

The designers say that the “green revolution’s” improvements in farming techniques have “never blossomed in Africa, thanks to the poor infrastructure, limited markets, weak governance, and fratricidal civil wars that wracked the postcolonial continent.”

 

MASHAMBAS;SKYSCRAPER
Pawel Lipiński | Mateusz Frankowski

“The main objective of the project is to bring this green revolution to the poorest people,” Lipiński and Frankowski write. “Giving training, fertilizer, and seeds to the small farmers can give them an opportunity to produce as much produce per acre as huge modern farms.”

Crops would be planted on the tower’s upper floors, and classrooms where training in agricultural techniques could take place, a kindergarten, a warehouse and a doctor would be housed below.

 

MASHAMBAS;SKYSCRAPER
Pawel Lipiński | Mateusz Frankowski

Once, the community becomes self-sufficient, the designers say, the building could be taken apart and put back together somewhere else where the need is great.

At this time, the design is merely a concept, and there are no plans to actually build a tower, according to Business Insider.

 

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]
Readers like you contribute to Aleteia's Mission.

Since our inception in 2012, Aleteia’s readership has grown rapidly worldwide. Our team is committed to a mission of providing articles that enrich, inspire and inform a Catholic life. That's why we want our articles to be freely accessible to everyone, but we need your help to do that. Quality journalism has a cost (more than selling ads on Aleteia can cover). That's why readers like you make a major difference by donating as little as $3 a month.