Urban Greenhouse Challenge#3

The third edition resulted in twenty breath-taking designs, three of which made it to the podium. The winners of the Challenge were team LettUs Design (1st place) with their “block by block” modular concept, followed by team USC Stack (2nd place) with a fresh food distribution network on wheels and AMS Catterpillars (3rd place & “Local Resident’s Award”) with their butterfly Inspired greenhouse and community space.

Learn more about the team submissions, partner feedback and more challenge stories in our Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3: Exploring the potential of urban farming for creating social impact magazine.

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make a difference!

At Wageningen University & Research top scientists and students from all over the world join forces to work on projects that make a difference to the quality of life. The explosion in urban growth and related opportunities as well as challenges to our environment and our food systems are recurring topics of our cutting-edge research. We live and breathe sustainability and therefore realise that we need to utilise the potential of urban farming to create a liveable and healthy environment for urban dwellers. Now we invite you to make change happen with us. Join the Social Impact edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and make a difference!

The Challenge

In the Social Impact edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, we challenge you to develop an urban farming site that significantly improves the quality of life of local residents in one of the most diverse lower-income neighbourhoods of Washington D.C.

From November 2021 until June 2022 and with the support of top experts, you will develop an urban farm concept that not only ensures year-round sustainable and affordable food production but also generates incomes for the local residents. This is the toughest edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge so far!

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Partners & participants about the Challenge


Check out the latest news about the Urban Greenhouse Challenge#3

Winners UGC: “After nine months of working together, friendships for life have been forged”

Their Masters graduation thesis mentor asked them if they were interested to participate in the Urban Greenhouse Challenge. And then, one day in September 2021, Eren Gözde Anil and Sarah Hoogenboom met with seven other students who responded t...

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The modular concept of LettUs Design wins the last edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge

LettUs Design has won the Grand Finals of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and will receive a sum of €10,000 for their modular and inclusive urban farming design. The other winners are USC Stack and AMS Caterpillars. AMS Caterpillars has also wo...

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De oogst van de Urban Greenhouse Challenge

Studententeams van over de hele wereld streden ook dit collegejaar weer met elkaar om het beste idee voor stadslandbouw te presenteren. Dankzij deze Urban Greenhouse Challenge zijn grote studentenwedstrijden niet meer weg te denken uit Wageningen....

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The Urban Greenhouse Challenge is organized by Wageningen University & Research in close collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia and Soapbox, and with support of a broad network of partners.