Sustainable farming for megacities
Food is one of the most fundamental elements of human existence. Looking back, the way we produce, store and consume food has evolved greatly. Humans have thrived because our ancestors learnt how to gather, produce and consume food, all with their bare hands. And mankind has sustained due to these crucial elements of knowledge passed through generations. With industrialization came mass production, and with mass production came an influx of consumers - who started paying instead. Skills and crafts related to agriculture and food production are now mostly obsolete in the urbane environment. Mass consumerism through supermarkets and even online mediums is slowly changing how we perceive, acquire and consume food.
This has raised issues like overconsumption, poor quality, high wastage and an over-dependence on manufacturing agencies. In the long run our perception of fresh foods/fruits will be completely eroded by advertisements and fancy packaging, which can have irreversible impacts on health, and hence, the human evolution cycle.
The time to intervene is now.
As a designer how can you bring farming to the cities where people can see, participate or celebrate cultivation - and understand what they eat, much better? Where not only awareness related to food is available, but as a community we become more responsible for our actions. How can you change the image of cities as the ones that only consume, to ones that contribute too? Or make farming so easy for people using technologies of today that makes it easy for people to grow it in their homes? Urban meal mine1(n), is a place where people can generate/learn/contribute to grow food for their city. This is usually located in the heart of the city where skilled labour + abundant transport + short distance logistics + faster production technologies can break even revenue over the high cost land it occupies.
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Chris Jacobs, Director UX
Director of UX, Telenav (Asia)
Founding Principal, Andrew Burdick Architect, NY
Faculty of LA & Architecture,
UMASS, Amherst, USA
Author, Educator, TED Speaker, Founder, GreenBronxMachine
President, Kono Designs,
New York, USA
Sepehr Mousavi ,
Chris Jacobs is an architect turned interaction designer, currently working as the Director of TeleNav (Asia) – User experience division. He completed his degree in architecture from Woodbury University, which followed his explorations in the field of visual design and typography, with his education in fine arts. Since then Chris has worked on numerous real time architectural, visual, interaction, industrial, UI Design, print media etc. projects in Asia and USA, since the past 20 Years. He has always aimed to creating experiences which are immersive and go beyond a regular screen, which makes him a more holistic designer at large. One of his key architectural ideas that got worldwide recognition worldwide, was his collaboration with Dickson Despommier (Emeritus professor of Colombia University), the author of and the author of ‘The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century’, where he created one of the first vertical farming concepts published initially as a center-spread in New York Magazine in 2007. Subsequently, his designs have been published in thousands of blogs, and over 100 magazines around the world as well as featured in documentaries about the future of food.
Andrew Burdick is an architect, design strategist, and civic activist. He is the founding principal of Andrew Burdick Architect (www.aeburdick.com). From 2003 until 2018, Andrew was a senior designer at Ennead Architect, where he most recently was an Associate Principal and the founding Director of Ennead Lab (www.enneadlab.org), the firm’s research and design think tank. Ennead Lab partners with and consults for organizations, institutions, and communities to proactively identify challenges and opportunities of social, economic, environmental, and technological importance, collaborating with diverse professionals and experts to propose research questions and develop catalytic solutions and strategies at the cutting edge of how we live, work, play and build.
Andrew received his M.Arch from the University of Virginia School Of Architecture, where he was the recipient of the AIA Certificate of Merit, the Edgar Shannon Award for academic service to the University community, and the Virginia Society AIA Prize. Andrew’s work has received numerous commendations in regional and international competitions, conferences and exhibitions, including the Philips Livable Cities Award program, Coolhunting.com’s Icons profile series, and the 2017 Architizer A+ Awards. In 2017, based on his work through Ennead Lab, Andrew was asked to write a series of articles for Metropolis Magazine. Entitled “What If…?” , the series focused on the catalytic, problem solving potentials of design through the lens of an architect and design activist.
Carey Clouse is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After completing a degree in architecture and urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she co-founded Crookedworks Architecture with Zachary Lamb (www.crookedworks.com). The award-winning firm specializes in urban agriculture, post-crisis environments, and community-engagement projects. Clouse is also the author of Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture From the Ground Up (Princeton Architectural Press: 2014). She has documented closely how the Cuba has developed itself from a country relying on imports, to an entity which can grow its own food by the people themselves.
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes which they had never imagined — while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx — Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown more than 40,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance. Recently named a 2015 Top Ten Finalist for the $1m Global Teacher Prize, Stephen’s accolades include a 2016 Project Based Learning Champion Award, 2016 Health Champion Award, 2016 Dr. Oz Award, 2015 BAMMY Laureate – Elementary Educator of the Year Award, 2014 Greenius Award, 2014 Green Difference Award, 2013 Latin Trends Award, ABC Above and Beyond Award, Chevrolet / General Motors National Green Educator Award, USS Intrepid Hometown Hero Award, NYC Chancellor’s Award and various others. Stephen has been invited into the panel as a hands on urban farmer who can share his expertise on how architectural design can be a driver of social change in relevance with his experience from the real time world.
Yoshimi Kono was born and raised in Japan, Yoshimi Kono studied architecture in Tokyo. He was a chief designer with Shigeru Uchida at Studio 80 in Tokyo and later became partner at Vignelli Associates in New York.
He founded Kono Designs in January 2000, a practice active in architecture, interior design, corporate identity, graphics and product design. Examples of his work have appeared in numerous national and international publications including Abitare, Interni, Domus, Casa Vogue, Hinge, Interiors, Interior Design, and ID Magazine. He has won several awards including the 2001 Kitchen & Bath Business Product Innovator Awards for Hardware, the 1994 DDA award from the Japan Display Design Association, the 1994 and 1997 Award of Excellence from the Japan Sign Design Association, the 1995 Award for Best Design from the Japan Typography Association, the 2001, 2005 and 2011 Nikkei New Office Award from the New Office Promotion Association, the 2011 Promotion Award from Japan Facility Management Association and the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards.
During 2018, Sepehr Mousavi has been enlisted as one of the '50 world’s most influential global smart city leaders', one of the 'Sweden’s top 33 sustainability personas' and claimed no.19 of the top 101 'Swedish super talents' list published by the leading Swedish business journal, Veckans Affärer. Sepehr is a sustainability strategist and smart city lead with competencies in multi-diciplinary planning, urban ecology, innovation and circular economy. He has been associated with such as the innovation leader in urban agriculture company Plantagon, the United Nations and multiple standardization organizations as chairman of national and international committees.
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