Vertical Farming: Towards a new building typology – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute

Vertical Farming: Towards a new building typology – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Food demand will continue to grow. State of the art in detailed analysis of adequately developed new building typologies for Vertical farms indicate potentials to increase the overall energy efficiency of cities if new design parameters for the building typology have been taken into account. In addition the Vertical Farm is a promising typus for urban food supply, it drastically reduces land use – and makes the urban food system independent from hydrocarbon energy. Synergy potentials are expectable not only on an energetic, but also on an economic and social level. Food production could become part of urban daily life again.

About Mag.arch. Dr. techn. Daniel Podmirseg
Podmirseg’s thesis on “Contribution of Vertical Farms to increase the overall Energy Efficiency of Cities” was developed at Graz University of Technology, defended with distinction. He is head of the vertical farm institute in Vienna which concentrates on research to develop new building typologies for Vertical Farming.

About Vertical Farm Institute
„We stand for food production in urban spaces which runs independently from fossil fuels. With the Vertical Farm we drastically reduce the use of resources and we implement energy loops. Organic, local produce have to be grown where the consumers are. Food production will become part of the daily urban life again.“

About  Vertical Farming Conference 
The Vertical Farming Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition:

Scope: The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply. Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed.Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security.

What new business models will be successful, and will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How can we feed more people on limited agricultural land, with limited resources? How can we best use space, light and logistics for an increasingly urban population? What can zero waste and low energy technologies contribute to food production in an urban environment? How to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production? The conference will answer this kind of questions

Focus topics:

  • Available technologies (LED lighting, sensors, tiered growing systems, Big Data, Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence, etc)
  • How to deal with change (from traditional farmer to vertical farmer)
  • Cooperation / Sharing Information
  • Recipes
  • Public Skepticism / Consumer Response
  • Robotics and many more…

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