In an Olmstedian effort to bring city dwellers back to nature and to produce a sustainable, local assortment of fruits and vegetables, urban farming company Agripolis is bringing what will be the world’s largest rooftop urban farm to Paris. Situated along the périphérique in the city’s 15th arrondissement, the 150,000-square-foot sprawling green space will sit atop the Exhibition Center at Porte de Versailles when the space opens in 2020. Designed by local French firm Valode & Pistre (who were also responsible for the recent transformation of Gare du Nord), the urban farm is a part of the decade-long renovation project to make the exhibition center a model for sustainable development as the rest of the city follows suit.
“Today, large metropolitan areas are the focal point of a number of ecological issues,” says Clément Lebellé, cofounder of Cultures en Ville, a partner in the project that specializes in urban agricultural development. “These issues include the loss of natural ground cover, pollution, and rainwater management but also societal issues such as the lack of connection between urban dwellers and their food supply.”