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The Mashambas skyscraper, a green revolution project to solve hunger crisis in Africa.

April 25, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.comIt’s a pure architectural concept which won in 2017 the Award of the first place at the Evolo Magazine annual skyscraper competition from a pool of 400 entries. This annual award founded in 2006 invites architects and designers to conceive futuristic towers to recognize visionary ideas that through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the classic understanding of vertical architecture and its interaction with natural and built environments.

The Mashambas skycraper has been conceived by 2 polish architects, Pawel Lipi?ski and Mateusz Frankowski. The interest to focus on it is based on the solutions this concept is featuring to bring solutions of poorest populations in Africa. The concept has been congratulated by many newspapers, magazines, engineers, officials, citizens, institutions worldwide. It remains to be materialized physically. The designers did not declare any specific sites for the 1st experience but they just suggested it could be in south of the Sahara desert.

Mashambas is an incredible vertical farm tower to serve as an educational and training center in modern farming techniques, as farming spaces, as a market. It can be easily assembled, deconstructed and transported. On the upper floors, crops will grow and provide seeds and fertilizer. The other floors would have kindergarten classrooms, a doctor’s office and a amazing docking port for drones. Drones would be used to bring construction and agricultural supplies to the Mashambas Skyscraper and would also be used to send surplus food to the most needy and hard-to-reach areas.

The ground floor would be for an open-air market for farmers to sell their crops to the local populations. The skyscraper would be built of simple arch-shaped modular elements, stacked around a central atrium. A ramp would spiral up the void to connect the different levels. The Mashambas tower will take the smallest possible land space from local farmers. The structure will be growing as long as the number of participants is rising.

The tower is said by its author to be able to feed an entire town in Sub-Saharan Africa. The building can also store all necessary equipment. When the region around the Mashamba is starting to prosper, and becomes self-sufficient, it can be simply moved to another region in need. It is called “All-in-One Skyscraper”. That modular, scalable Mashamba would move to areas of the continent suffering from poor soil quality or drought which require help by fertilizers to increase crop yields. Mashambas tower would emerge in the poorest areas of the continent.

Pawel Lipi?ski and Mateusz , the Mashambas skyscraper creators have written: “The main objective of the project is to bring this green revolution to the poorest people. 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. Its name, Mashambas, is a Swahili (Kenya) word that means cultivated land. It would bolster agricultural opportunities and fight hunger in impoverished towns in African countries. When farmers improve their harvests, they pull themselves out of poverty. They also start producing surplus food for their neighbors. When farmers prosper, they eradicate poverty and hunger in their communities.

Over 40 per cent of people living in sub-Saharan Africa live in absolute poverty. More than half of them have something in common – they’re small farmers. Today hunger and poverty may not be only African matter, but the world’s population will likely reach nine billion by 2050. Scientists warn that this would result in global food shortage, Africa’s fertile farmland could not only feed its own growing population, it could also feed the whole world”.

Evolo Magazine annual skyscraper competition proclaimed the 2018 results. People must pay attention to it to see the strange futuristic skyscrapers and their proposals for humanity crisis.


Staff Writer; Abu-Jahlil Astrid Chacha

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