As cities continue to look for new ways to drive sustainable growth, the concept of urban agriculture is helping cities become more resourceful and mitigating the ecological impact that they have. In cities like San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and even New York, urban agriculture has been rapidly growing and successful in reducing the ecological footprint of those cities. Architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and engineers are continuously looking for different ways to innovate and take urban agriculture to the next level. In reality, urban agriculture is a multi-faceted solution, where it induces sustainable growth, helps cities become more independent, and feeds people that live in impoverished areas.
The city of Camden, New Jersey, an impoverished city of 80,000, only had one full-service supermarket within city limits. Community gardens were built at 44 different sites throughout the city which has led to harvesting 31,000 pounds of vegetables, that can feed 508 people three servings per day. However, larger cities that have a densely built infrastructure, with little to no land available have had to get more creative. As a result, vertical farming, which is the practice of producing food in layers that are stacked vertically, is becoming a common practice. Due to its tight, densely built environment and booming population, San Francisco is one city that has invested heavily in vertical farming and is looking for new ways to implement urban agriculture within the city through urban design.
On November 10, 2016, Microdesk will be holding its BuildingSuccess event at the SPUR San Francisco office where attendees can learn how the Bay Area is building for a more sustainable future through urban agriculture and vertical farming. Understanding how to solve for the challenge of balancing a booming population due to the growth of the tech industry, while ensuring that the resources of the demands of the population are met, are topics that will be explored.
The event will feature presentations from Eli Zigas, Food and Agriculture Policy Director at SPUR; Sean Quinn, Sustainable Design Director - Pacific Region at HOK; and Henry Gordon-Smith, Vice Chairman of the Board at the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF).
“In order to generate the resources that we all need to survive, especially in urban areas, it requires a lot of resources,” said Sean Quinn in a recent interview. “Food and farming are becoming an increasingly important issue that we must address. We need to start working proactively to instill farming into our urban areas and to further the social movement to become more sustainable within our cities.”
Other topics discussed by the presenters will be looking at what strategies have worked in other regions, the role that innovation and technology play, and how public policy can be a driving force in in the development of urban agriculture and vertical farming.
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