For upcoming architects, planners and designers at universities semester programmes can be set up with lectures on the state of research, design methods and the invitation of the adequate guest critics and reviewers.
In addition, workshops can be organised from different focal points fitting specific conference topics, school programmes or other public activities.


The lecture portfolio has grown steadily over the last twelve years. In terms of content, the scope of possible messages ranges from presentations on the status of the current agricultural system and its challenges in the future to highly scientific discussions on the state of research into bio-mimicry, in particular the physics of light and other plant-physiological findings that make vertical farming possible in the first place.


The consulting and research activity has been growing exponentially for several years. The realization that food production must once again increasingly take place alongside the consumer, not least in order to strengthen local socio-economic networks (keyword COVID-19) is growing not only at the political level, but also on the side of farsighted investors. Research results of the vfi show the potentials how, for example, cities can activate vacancies for food production. Furthermore, concepts for new building typologies – vertical farms – can open up new business areas and at the same time produce positive externalities in order to come closer to the Global Sustainable Development Goals.


And here we are: One of the most exciting tasks – from an architect’s perspective – is the opportunity to develop new building typologies. Historically, this happens very rarely. Here are two examples: The last new types of buildings, which only came into existence in the last century, were the airport and the shopping mall. The Vertical Farm, as a building, is the manifested implosion of the global food value chain that has become an object. The development of innovative functional and spatial programs are as much a part of the design tasks as the consideration of plant physiological parameters and the associated requirements for electricity, heat and water.

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up! Contribution of vertical farm to increase the overall energy efficiency of cities

Podmirseg, D. "up! contribution of vertical farms to increase the overall energy efficiency of cities", ISBN-13 (Hard Copy): 978-3-73699-305-1. Cuvillier Publisher, 2016

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