Floating Farms Singapore By Forward Thinking Architecture


“The world population is predicted to grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.” United Nations

Some places like Singapore imports over 90% of its food from other countries all over the world. To rely on such a practice is quite dangerous for the future, first the cost is high and what if the availability of food becomes low?

We are so comfortable with the way we live but we forget that we have to adapt and develop new ways of living to survive. Reducing food mileage and bringing the structures close to the city are inevitable. That means reducing the cost, less pollution with transportation, less risks of contamination.

While Singapore might not have much land to spare to grow food, it is surrounded by plenty of water. Barcelona-based architect Javier Ponce has designed what he calls Floating Responsive Agriculture providing some much-needed space to grow food.

The proposal addresses the pressing issue of global food security .Imports are almost the only source of food supply to Singapore which represents aprox. the 90% .Singapore limited land availability(land scarce) ,a dense nation,land premium prices and fast growing are some issues which led us to propose Singapore as a testing spot for Floating Responsive Agriculture, aka “F.R.A”. Inspired by Singapore’s Floating Fish Farms of Jurong’s Fishery Port, we aim to create a territorial network of Vertical infrastructures located close to the city areas which can produce local quality controlled food based on the cities real-time Food consumption data analisys.We propose a change from a consumer-Importer city to a Self-Productive City.We aim to Integrate technology and internet protocols with food consumption to produce exactly the amount and type of crops people need, also reducing food waste.The information layer system will inform a series of CPD’s(crop Production Devices) localized on Singapore’s water perimeter about the food supply demands according to established protocols and logics.

Why Singapore?

– Limited land availability(land scarce) and land
premium prices
– Singapore as a small sovereign city state has food security issues which the project can help reduce
– Avoid such an amount of imports
(+plus guarantee local food quality control)
– Singapore:strong government with clear long-term vision and strategies (forward-thinking)
– Towards Self-sufficiency / environmental sustainability – maximize resources
– Singapore fast growing pace

Buddha who said quite a few insightful things, once said:

What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.

So let’s all imagine a better future for our planet and for us.

About The Author

Stephane Marquet
Creative Director

First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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