Archive for the ‘eco-laboratory’ Category

Eco-Laboratory @ the Smithsonian!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

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. (more…)

Vertical Farming article on

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Eco-Laboratory - Main Entry - weber thompson

This is an article I wrote for the Daily Journal of Commerce special section on green building.

A new use for urban high-rises: farming

In order for sustainability to be viable in the urban environment, we must take into account how we bring food into our cities. Until recently the green building movement has not put a priority on the impact our food systems have on the viability of our urban areas. (more…)

Update: NYC panel discussion

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum: Re-Imagining New York: Designing Urban Farms to Feed our Cities. It was a real honor to discuss these dynamic issues in front of a packed house of engaged New Yorkers. What a rush!

The video gives a great summary of the discussion, but only one or two of my comments made the cut. MAS has a full version of the audio on their website. Also, if your just dying to hear what I had to say you can download the podcast from iTunes click here

CNBC – The Business of Innovation

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

A few weeks back I was interviewed by CNBC for their upcoming special on the future of our cities. The program hits on a lot of the hot issues including smart grids, new transportation networks, security, and food production. They don’t go into too much depth about any one particular subject but it provides a good summary of where we may be headed in the future.

The segment featuring the Eco-Laboratory begins around the 28 minute mark. With a quick introduction to the topic of ecological design and cities from Jason McLennan who’s the president of Cascadia chapter of the USGBC. They go on to interview Dickson Despommier (founder of the vertical farming movement). Then, I have a quick sound bite while they show images from our project. (more…)

NYC Panel Discussion

Sunday, September 20th, 2009


On November 3rd I’ll be in Manhattan to participate in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum. This year’s topic focuses on the role of urban agriculture in New York City. It’s open to the public so, check it out if you’re in town.

ASLA features Despommier & Eco-Laboratory

Monday, May 4th, 2009

asla_logoToday the American Society of Landscape Architects published an on-line article/interview with Dr. Dickson Despommier about vertical farming and urban agriculture. We get a nice mention and they used a diagram I created for the Eco-Laboratory!