In 2008, Dickson Despommier published the book ‘The Vertical Farm’. His vision of growing up rather than outwards intrigued the world and ignited the imaginations of innovators who would build on his ingenuity to create sustainable, agricultural production systems even in the most land poor locations. Since the release of his book, his creativity has … Continue reading vertical farming: when high-tech meets food production
It is not uncommon to hear about the challenges that will be faced in feeding the growing population of the world. One of the main concerns is the lack of arable space, an issue that can be attributed to land-use changes, especially urbanization. Subsequently, the rapid growth of cities contributes to a number of issues, … Continue reading zero acreage farming (zfarming): what it is and how it can change the future of (urban) agriculture
Cities require a concentration of food, water, energy, and materials that nature cannot provide. In turn, a multitude of resources from long distances are necessary in order to meet the needs of inhabitants. This requires non-renewable inputs for transport and puts pressures on other systems that are being utilized to meet the needs/desires of urban … Continue reading question: what are the reasons to believe that current design of cities is not sustainable?