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UrbanFarmers Concept Farm Model Presented at TEDx Zurich.

One of our clients, the start-up UrbanFarmers, was invited to speak at TEDx Zurich to present their urban agricultural concept: good food from the roof. UrbanFarmers is indeed working on the mission to install aquaponic agricultural system on the top of otherwise unused building roofs. Aquaponics is a farming technique that allows to grow fish and plants simultaneously: the fish nourish the plants with their urine, plants clean the water for the fish. You eat both.

They have asked us to build a functioning concept model that can explain this system in an educational way to be brought on stage during the second TEDx Zurich Event.
So we have designed and built a mini aquaponic greenhouse. Yes you can crop and eat the salad when is ready if you wish. Which probably makes it the world smallest aquaponic greenhouse farm ever built.


Related posts:

  1. Fish from the Sky with Vegetables. Globe / Hedron a Rooftop Farm.
  2. FARM-X. The First Modular Vertical Farm Concept (Almost) Unveiled.
  3. Generic Architecture as Strategic Design for Rooftop Urban Agriculture: Aquaponic Farm in Basel for Urban Farmers.
  4. Malthus, a Meal a Day. Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Food and Love the (Population) Bomb.
  5. Harvesting Station, a Reclaiming Device for the Interstitial Spaces of the City.
  6. The Hub Zurich: Toilet/Kitchen Combo Presentation.
  7. READYKEA X-Mass Shop at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.
  8. Meet the Creative Mornings’ Crowd at the Hub Zurich.
  9. ELIOOO. Grow Your Food. Or How to Go to IKEA® and Build a Device to Grow Salad in Your Apartment.
  10. The New Kunsthalle Zurich. An Architecture Report I Wrote for Domus Magazine.



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1 federico 08/10/2011 at 15:24

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

It is very interesting. Would be nice to explore the spatial consequences of such a farm in urban terms. But instead of starting a very banal discussion on scale and phenomenology of such an eterotopia, I was wondering: what kind of fish can one grow? Is it safe? Does it require a vet control?
It sounds soo yummy I might start my hydrophonic farm asap….
Keep up, we always support you from where we are.

2 scarponio 08/10/2011 at 15:35

Hello there!
thanks for comment and staying in touch. There is not much phenomenology to discuss. Greenhouse are exspencive, so they are very costs/production optimized. This is one of those. Period. Regarding fish you can grow: tilapia, greyfish, salmon, carp. One at a time thought. 100% safe. I mean, farming is always a risk but not more risky then nomal vegetables farming and fish farming. But yes you have the complication of both words. But this is why is fun we believe.

3 Josh 24/09/2012 at 11:21

Much of this has been prototyped and is being field tested successfully here:
They’ve an Ebook.

4 Antonio Scarponi 24/09/2012 at 13:41

Thank you very much for your comment.

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