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Development of an Urban Farm

Singapore – The aim of the Urban Farm is to unlock and scale up the potential of urban food production and thereby make a significant contribution to food security and food safety .

The assignment
Worldwide, there is a shortage of usable space for all the tasks at hand. Reallocating space is the key to transitioning to a new balance in urban and rural planning. The aim of the Urban Farm is to unlock and scale up the potential of urban food production, thus contributing to food security and food safety. In this way the Urban Farm should contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, namely: no hunger, sustainable city, responsible production, climate action, and clean water.

Set-up and results
By combining knowledge, it is possible to develop an urban farm in which daylight-free and vertical layered cultivation can take place. For the development of the Urban Farm, use was made of an existing logistic building close to the market. This means that fewer raw materials and transport movements are needed. By incorporating circular processes in the Urban Farm, there is a reduction in CO2 emissions and the use of (drinking) water. In addition, with the development of the Urban Farm we contribute in a positive way to the quality of life in the broadest sense, such as:
Stopping the use of pesticides and restoring biodiversity,
Reducing transport by producing locally and only exporting knowledge,
Reducing global dependence by being more self-sufficient,
Less wastage of food; preservability is extended by local and cleaner cultivation,
Less burden on raw materials such as water by smarter and more controlled cultivation,
Reducing the dependence on fertile land and the claims on space in and close to cities by multilayer production
A fairer price for the grower and for the consumer thanks to a shorter chain,
Less burden on health care, by producing clean and safe food through controlled cultivation
Circular processes are more feasible through the use or re-use of rainwater, CO2 from industry and energy from sustainable sources.

Future possibilities
With this first Urban Farm as Proof of Concept, we offer the basis to develop data and train people. This will enable us to scale up quickly and make a substantial contribution to an affordable food transition. During this upscaling the first Urban Farm will serve as a Center of Excellence to support the growth with training of entrepreneurs and employees in this new sector and to conduct further research into new types of vegetables and fruits that can be produced within the technology of daylight-free and layered cultivation in the near future.

Based on this Urban Farm, among other things, the Singaporean government is currently developing a Food Valley of 400 hectares to achieve 30 per cent food security and safety within its own borders by 2030.

Program:
Design
Elaboration
Tendering and construction supervision of a daylightless production unit for producing food in the city
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