Kick-off Urban Greenhouse Challenge: the second edition has officially started

15 October marked the official kick-off of the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge. The event took place at the Wageningen University Campus, and was part of VertiFarm, a conference on vertical farming organized by ISHS. The event attracted a full house of interested and participating students, partners of the challenge, and other interested parties. The students abroad were able to join the event via a livestream.

Developing an urban greenhouse in China

This year’s Urban Greenhouse Challenge invites students worldwide to design an iconic and circular urban greenhouse for the city of Dongguan, part of the Greater Bay Area in Southern China. The Greater Bay Area is one of the largest urban areas in the world and is the China’s innovation hub. The greenhouse will be situated within the Marina Center Agricultural Park. This large agro-park is currently being developed by Country Garden Agriculture, one of the main partners of the Challenge.

The student teams need to design an urban greenhouse that produces safe and healthy food for the local neighborhood and commercial markets, as well as to stimulates a healthy lifestyle and interactions with city dwellers. All in all, both the student teams and their urban greenhouse concepts should be interdisciplinary.