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"There's a tendency to think that maybe if we can just throw enough hardware at the AI problem, then evolution can take care of the rest. Certainly that's how God went about making us."
- Rudy Rucker

Chlorella Plantation  
  A skyscraper designed for food production.  

…the Chlorella plantation, a towering eighty-story structure like the office "In-and'Out" baskets stacked up to the sky. There were mirrored louvers at each tier. Surrounding the big building were acres of eye-stabbing glare. I realized that this was more mirrored louvers to catch the sun, bounce it off more mirrors inside the tiers, and onto the photosynthesis tanks. It was a spectacular, though not uncommon, sight from the air.
From The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by St. Martin's Press in 1952
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The idea of a "skyscraper farm" seems to predate science fiction. Consider this skyscraper sketch from a 1909 edition of Life magazine:

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