Aquaponic build phase 2; plus some pump tests

Pump arrived and I was worried about it being underpowered so did some tests... ​​ Not good results.  Maybe the straw pipe is too narrow? See below... Caught a time lapse of the second build phase (in full this time) today.  ​​ Downpipes fixed and inlets / outlets drilled. Nearly ready to start farming. Plant… Continue reading Aquaponic build phase 2; plus some pump tests

Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

You may have noticed IKEA have some hydroponic systems on sale on their website.  I think they're also proposing to get in on the market for off-the-shelf indoor aquaponic units for farming at home too.  Apparently they're meeting with GrowUp to hone this further?  You used to be able to buy an off-the-shelf aquaponic system from… Continue reading Building your own hydroponic / aquaponic farm

Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

Post on dezeen of the winning entry to the 2017 International Skyscraper Competition, The Mashambas Skyscraper.  It's a modular farm tower in Africa that can be expanded as needed to include many other community facilities like a nursery, doctor's surgery and drone landing port for transporting goods on /  off the tower.  An interesting precedent for… Continue reading Precedent | Modular Mashambas Skyscraper | Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

Precedent | MVRDV | Almere Floriade 2022

MVRDV's winning proposal for the Floriade 2022 'Green City' being built in Almere for the year... have a guess...2022.  They are not proposing to create "a Utopia but a real urban area where ideas are tested and refined".  A very commercial approach, but this is a particularly fitting precedent for any aspiring horticultural city designs.  Almere Floriade should prove… Continue reading Precedent | MVRDV | Almere Floriade 2022

Tutorial: Brief Brainstorm

Had a chat about the design workshop from Friday and what was discussed to try and iron out an approach to the brief. Main important elements: The brief and site should come as a development of the masterplan.  The site selection should be a marriage between city context, master plan, and concept ambitions. Concept should incorporate knowledge… Continue reading Tutorial: Brief Brainstorm

Kevin Frediani talking at Oxford Farming Conference

Vimeo post of Kevin Frediani's presentation on Urban Agriculture titled: 'Urban Agriculture, a SMART solution to complement sustainable intensification?' He talks about vertical farming among other related topics and the challenges of urban and peri-urban agriculture.