Vertical Farming and the Eco-city of Tomorrow
Urbanization is taking place at an unprecedented rate, especially in developing countries, a catastrophe due in part to rapid climate change and the associated failure of traditional soil-based farms. We will explore the possibility of creating a system of urban, vertical farms (multi-storied, high tech greenhouses) to meet the food needs of growing populations, and discuss how essential municipal functions, such as energy use, water, transportation, green spaces, and waste management, might be integrated so that the cities of tomorrow emulate the best features of functional ecosystems.
Dickson Despommier is emeritus professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Columbia University, where he earned no fewer than eight Best Teacher of the Year Awards. Today, Dr. Despommier is one of the foremost experts on vertical farming. His work promoting this radical, exciting, and controversial concept has taken him around the world and attracted extensive media coverage, including interviews on NPR and The Colbert Report. His most recent book is The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century.