Indoor Ag-Con’s Las Vegas Agritecture Workshop Hosts Dr. Despommier as Judge in Vertical Farm Design Competition

Las Vegas, Nev. (PRWEB) January 06, 2015 Agriculture is going through a transformation in that harnesses architecture, technology and urban planning to create vertical farms in that decrease resource consumption and re-localize food production within cities. On March 29 and 30, three teams consisting of students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Downtown Design Center and urban farming professionals will envision these farms of the future in a workshop in that will teach vertical farming concepts in a hands-on, experiential setting. The event will take place at the historic Fifth Street School in Las Vegas immediately preceding the Indoor Ag-Con, an international meeting of the brightest minds in urban agriculture, agriculture technology and vertical farming. The event is jointly hosted by the Association for Vertical Farming, Indoor Ag-Con, the UNLV Downtown Design Center and GreenView Global. Dr. Dickson Despommier, a leading figure in vertical farming, will judicial estimate the competition and speak at the event. Despommier is a professor emeritus at Columbia University and the Writer of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century. He spent 38 years of time as a Professor of Microbiology and Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia, where he won the Best Teacher award six times. In 2003, he was awarded the American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for teaching. He has addressed audiences at leading universities in addition to Harvard and MIT, and he has moreover been invited to speak at the United Nations. He will be joined on the judging panel by Maggie Hsu of Downtown Project, a real estate and hospitality company focused on revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas, and by Chris Higgins of Hort Americas, a leading vertical farm supply company. In the emerging fields of vertical and urban farming there are many lecture-based conferences and events, yet the Agritecture Design Workshop is unique ’cause it takes an integrated and experiential approach. The workshop will agree architects, landscape architects, hydroponic growers, entrepreneurs, engineers, marketers, designers, sustainability managers and UNLV students to develop design concepts specifically for Las Vegas. The three workshop teams will design projects in that demonstrate innovation, sustainability, and the feasibility of an urban agriculture project tightly integrated in to the city. …

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