Christine Zimmermann Loessl
Association for Vertical Farming e.V.
To involve civil society in reshaping European cities by organising interdisciplinary urban and vertical farming design workshops in order to support sustainable urban development.
Our current way of living especially in cities is unsustainable. New partnerships are required to associate everyone, who has a stake and a contribution to make. Through this initiative, AVF seeks:
- to empower the civil society to support sustainable development with a focus on safe food and healthy diet, as well as giving access to food for everybody.
- to foster capacity building, so as to motivate people to initiate actions of their own and bring about systemic changes in urban areas.
The outcomes of the workshops are:
1. An increase in stakeholders’ knowledge of urban farming and vertical farming, as well as an awareness at an international level.
2. The development of new collaborations to initiate sustainable projects in this field throughout Europe.
3. Systemic changes in way of producing and consuming in order to respond to current and future needs
4. The generation of creative, feasible, and sustainable models for urban and vertical farming.
Three interdisciplinary teams are invited to design a project that uses the latest technologies to grow local, organic produce at a competitive cost to the surrounding area, and in addition meet restrictions of the site. 21 professionals (architect, grower, engineer, marketer, entrepreneur, and sustainability manager) and 9 students will be recruited. Students supplement the professionals on each team and provide a bridge with the university/college. The activities are: an icebreaker, a tour of the site, workshop sessions, a final presentation to the judges.This presentation is a chance for the teams to show off their concept to the public invited (NGOs, local governances, inhabitants…). Teams will be judged on the creativity, economic feasibility, and sustainability of their projects.
In this project, stakeholders are any person, who is affected by the redevelopment of the selected city and affects it:
- Community governances
- NGOs representing local environmental, economic and social interests.
- Experts: architects, territorial developer, farmers, growers, entrepreneurs, engineer...
The interdisciplinary urban and vertical farming workshop concept is an absolute novelty in Europe. It focuses on the inclusion of many european nationalities to initiate innovative partnerships. Through an integrated approach, citizens are actively engaged to redesign their own environment, so as to improve it. They can increase their knowledge and understanding of urban and vertical farming. This concept is continuously evolving, whilst control actions are defined after each workshop.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses: 7 800 Travel costs: 7 500 Accommodation and subsistence: 3 000 Event costs (room rental, materials, etc.): 10 500 Fees and honoraries (for speakers): 3 000 Public relations (design, printing, forum, social media):4 200 Unforeseen and others: 1 500 Personnel Costs (programme manager, assistants): 15 000
We would welcome comments on our ideas