06th - 11th October 2016

Cities of Tomorrow: Vertical Farms

Friday 02nd October 2015 from 14h15 to 15h45
Salle 3 / IPGP
Session for High School students

This film will be preceded by the short-film Illustration : Compostage, directed by Elise Auffray and produced by Compostioles.

Cities of Tomorrow: Vertical Farms

Directed by
Benoît Laborde
Produced by
ARTE France - Docside Production - Rare Media France / Diff : ARTE, Ushuaïa TV

Documentary, France, China, 2014, 52 min

Competition High School

Very soon, big cities will have to address a considerable challenge : feeding 7 billion citizens. Everywhere, experts already try to limit the distance between production and consumption places. 

In order to thoroughly transform today’s metropolises, an environmental science professor once had a dream : buildings that would be capable of sustainably producing great quantities of fruits and vegetables. His vertical farm concept has met a great success : if such agricultural skyscrapers have not been built yet, a new generation of scientists looks forward to using all available technologies to make the dream come true. In Singapore, people are already trying to save cities’ most precious resource – space – by building 10 meters high green towers. But the gigantic ambition of this project has not only triggered positive reactions. Some people are indeed concerned about the possible future of these urban farms : what if the food-processing industry hijacked them for its own profit ?


Debate with :

  • Benoit Laborde, Film director
  • Christine Aubry, Engineer for the SADAPT/INRA

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