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"Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn't often, on their own, the hard way."
- Robert Heinlein

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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