Smithsonian Presentation

January 24th, 2011 by dan

I recently came across this video of a presentation I did back in October at the Cooper Hewitt. The program was entitled Food and Transportation: New Systems Approaches to Transforming Cities Sustainably. We talked about the vertical farm, food distribution, and what an integrated transportation network would look like. My segment follows Dickson’s at the 33 minute mark. Take a look.

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Dickson Despommier @ TEDx Windy City

November 4th, 2010 by dan

New Vertical Farm Video

October 15th, 2010 by dan

Check this out. A new VF video. Pretty cool stuff.

I think this idea is on the brink. It’s time now for the right team to come together and make Dr. Despommier’s vision a reality.

Ohh, be sure to pause at :47 and 1:15!

The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

October 12th, 2010 by dan


Very exciting to see this finally hit store shelves. Dr. Despommier is a visionary and has made an incredibly compelling case for vertical farms. The book elegantly describes the costs of conventional agriculture and proposes a solution that if implemented could go a long ways towards preserving our place on this planet.

In the past the Sci-Fi nature of the vertical farm has ruled the media. This book sets the record straight with facts, observation and sensitivity to the complex and dynamic nature of how we feed ourselves.

I’d highly recommend this book to all!!!

On a personal level I’m honored to be a part of this vision and to be involved with crafting the next steps. I’d like to thank Dr. Despommier for being such a great supporter of our work.

Live in Australia!

September 27th, 2010 by dan

Take a look. My first live TV interview!

Sydney Australia’s channel 7 Weekend Sunrise called me up and asked me if I’d be interested in sharing my thoughts on vertical farming with their audience.

Live TV is a little different then doing a presentation or interviewing for CNBC. All I had was a ear piece and told to talk to larger than life eyes above the camera. I had no idea what they were showing and when they started with the yokel music I got a little concerned. Apparently, they also thought I was Amish. Entertaining…

What a great experience!

Sustainable Ag in Cuba

July 26th, 2010 by dan

Check out this article I recently came across about Cuba’s sustainable agricultural practices. Originally posted on The Solutions website the authors chronicle the development of Cuba’s agricultural practices a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resulting sanctions. For the past 40+ years Cuba was forced to develop methods for growing produce independent of petrochemicals. In Havana, urban agricultural practices account for 80% of produce consumed. Read the rest of this entry »

Newark Vertical Farm

July 24th, 2010 by dan

Here’s the Newark Vertical Farm press release. Take a read through and check out the images.

July 23, 2010

At a time when the world ponders how to feed its nine billion people, Seattle architects Weber Thompson have designed a Vertical Farm for the Garden State to help solve that problem. The Newark Vertical Farm (NVF) a radically new prototype for Newark, NJ, illustrates the ideas promoted by Dr. Dickson Despommier for an approach to high capacity controlled environment urban farming. Principal Peter David Greaves, AIA, LEED AP and Ecological Designer Dan Albert, Associate ASLA, LEED AP and Dr. Despommier made a presentation of the design to government officials including Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Stefan Pryor and City Councilman Donald Payne, Jr., along with leaders from the Greater Newark Conservancy and Brick City Development Corporation. Read the rest of this entry »

“Why Design Now?”

June 2nd, 2010 by dan

Holland Cotter, staff art critic at the NYT reviews the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial - Thinking Green: Function Over Form. Sadly, no mention of the Eco-Laboratory but who blames him – there’s a ton of amazing design work to chose from.

Eco-Laboratory @ the Smithsonian!

June 1st, 2010 by dan

The Eco-Laboratory is currently featured in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s fourth exhibition, entitled “Why Design Now?” This exhibition is part of the National Design Triennial series and will be on view from May 14, 2010 through January 9, 2011. The exhibition explores the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design – from architecture, to product design, fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design. The title, “Why Design Now?” challenges audiences to examine why design thinking is an essential tool for solving some of society’s most urgent problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Dan Barber @ TED

March 19th, 2010 by dan

So, I’ve been checking out a lot of TED videos lately and came across another great presentation by Dan Barber of Blue Hill Farm in New York. Dan’s a very accomplished chef an has a great environmental ethic. He featured as of the top ten people changing the face of food.

What I really liked is that as a chef he was talking about ecology. After all out food should come from natural processes and once divorced from the ecosystem it become apart of the industrial food chain. Which is unsustainable as he notes. 10 calories to produce 1 calorie of food? That’s not right. Ultimately industrial food supplies are not sustainable.