Our diverse team is mainly studying the master's degree in Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MADE), a joint degree from Wageningen and TU Delft at the AMS Institute. We also have several members from Wageningen University and TU Delft from the programs Urban Environmental Management and Plant Technology in Wageningen and Architecture in Delft.
Our team has a strong emphasis on challenging the status quo by combining our diverse backgrounds to find innovations in every detail. We do this through collaborative design, using knowledge from all our domains.
We are driven by the need for more resilient and sustainable food systems. Climate change and increasing urban populations increase the pressure on agricultural systems to provide adequate food. Therefore, as a team, we want to be part of providing ideas through real-world innovation. We strongly believe in being part of a community that brings innovations, technologies, and theories learned throughout our academic careers together to solve a challenge like this one. This drives us to envision resilient urban agriculture systems by connecting resource streams, cutting edge technologies, society and tradition to shape a healthy and sustainable future.
What we want to achieve
We aim to create resilient urban agriculture systems by connecting resource streams, cutting edge technologies, society and tradition to shape a healthy and sustainable future.
What are the main starting points of our concept?
Our concept, nicknamed “The Turtle”, is developed around creating synergies between technology, society, and traditions. The aim is to incorporate each of these aspects in our concept. Our concept starts from the challenges currently faced by the Marina Bay Center Agricultural Park, which includes adapting to climate change, agricultural resilience, and green waste management. The challenges are incorporated into the building while keeping in mind the need for circularity, sustainability, and innovation.
What are the main functions of our building?
The functions of our building are tailored towards the societal context it is situated in. This means that the concept aims to facilitate societal functions, such as providing energy, food, and research insights. It does this by providing the following functions: a high tech multi-season greenhouse, an R&D center, a living lab platform, a green power plant, facilitating co-creation between science and people, and an attractive shared space
What are the unique selling points of our concept?
Research: In the urban greenhouse, all seasons will be simulated in 4 separate greenhouse pods. This creates 4 controllable environments for investigating seasonal crop-sequences. Therefore, this provides an excellent research opportunity to develop a resilient agricultural system including state-of-the-art technology and full circularity.
Green Resources: The greenhouse incorporates a green energy plant, which turns green waste into energy and fertilizer. This will connect the green resource streams and provide energy for the Marina Bay Agricultural Park.
Social Program: Citizens can participate in the green exchange program facilitated by the greenhouse in which green waste is collected by citizens who in return receive crops grown in house.
Living Lab: The greenhouse also facilitates a living lab platform where researchers and citizens connect technology with the societal context.