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Vertical farm could solve land shortage 2013.08.15
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HONG KONG is a small city with a big population. There is not enough land to support such fast development. And we rely on imports for the food we eat every day. A Spanish architect has come up with a clever way to solve this problem.

Javier Ponce has designed a vertical farming tower that he wants to build in Tai Po district. The tower will be 187.5 metres tall. It looks like a hurricane with rotating floor-plates. The idea is inspired by traditional terrace farming used in China. Ponce believes the rotating floor plates will give crops the most amount of sunlight. At the same time, it can also save space because of the vertical design. The tower will also come with viewing platforms for visitors.

The architect and his team have submitted an application to the Planning Department and are waiting for a reply. Ponce also hopes that in the future, he can spread this idea to mainland China and other Asian cities with a similar problem of land shortage.

Cathy Wong

1. population (n)
    人口

2. import (v)
    進口

3. solve (v)
    解決

4. vertical (adj)
    垂直的

5. crops (n)
    收成

6. similar (adj)
    相似的





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  1. Who is Javier Ponce?
    a Spanish architect
    a Spanish government official
    a Hong Kong government official

  2. What idea has Javier Ponce had?
    to build new apartments
    to build a sports tower
    to build a farming tower

  3. Where would the tower be built in?
    Hong Kong Island
    Tuen Mun
    Tai Po

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