Submission: April 18, 2015
Registration: April 02, 2015
Location: New York, USA
Prizes: 1st € 5000 , 5x Honorable Mentions
In the 2000 Dickson Despommier, professor of the Environmental Sciences at the Columbia University in New York, developed in collaboration with various architectural firms, the concept of vertical farms.
The urban vertical farming means the cultivation of agriculture products and livestock in vertical, in multi-storey structures energy self-sufficient inserted within the metropolitan areas.
The benefits offered by this technology are:
- continuous, non-seasonal, supply of agricultural products.
- elimination of the possibility of damage to the agricultural production caused by natural disasters such as droughts, floods.
- contribution to the reconstruction of the ecosystem balance through the reduction of cultivated land.
- reduction of the CO2 emissions by eliminating the use of pollutants machineries such as tractors and vehicles for the transport of goods for long distances.
- reduction of the water consumption.
- decrease of the cost of food products.
- social benefits such as creating new job opportunities and education for the community.
The goals to achieve are:
- meet the requirements of the World Green Building Council.
- determine which materials are best suited for the construction of the vertical farm.
- identify resistant, light, transparent and long-term materials.
- experience the most innovative materials.