Creative Urban Farming Workshop investigated how design, based on creativitycircularity and new technologies, can help to boost participatory food production in the urban environment in a pro-active and productive way, and through diverse scales. Participants designed creative cultivation system projects and tested them developing innovative urban food production prototypes. 

Creative Urban Farming Workshop _ Topics
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Held on 4-5 and 6th of May at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, the workshop hosted 30 contributors from all over the world.

The participants worked on 5 different topics, focusing on emergent strategies and methodologies regarding food production in urban areas.

Workshop topics

  1. Hydroponic cultivation
  2. Materials developed with vegetable plant roots
  3. Pollination
  4. Supernutrients / Algae
  5. Mushroom cultivation
Creative Urban Farming Workshop _ Topics
(ph: IAAC, Federica Ciccone for Creative Foods Cycles)

The workshop programme was structured to give theoretical and practical classes in a complementary way.
The participants coming from different backgrounds, learned about Circular Design and Participatory Processes, Open Farming and Biophotovoltaic Systems, Resilient Foodsheds, Urban Food Metabolism, Conviviality and Food Cycles thanks to CFC Partners (IAAC, LUH and UNIGE) and external experts.

Creative Urban Farming Workshop _ Lecture sessions
(Lecturers: Chiara Farinea and Mohammad Elatab, Federica Ciccone, Mathilde Marengo, Manuel Gausa, Emanuele Sommariva, Sabrina Sposito, Paolo Bombelli)

Following IAAC educational methodology , the participants have been involved in a learning by doing process, driven by digital fabrication and computational design.

Creative Urban Farming Workshop _ Learning by doing method: Mohammad Elatab (Nature-based Solutions, Computational Expert) and Paolo Bombelli (University of Cambridge – Biochemistry and Algae Expert)
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They created 1:1 scale prototypes of one module of their design proposal, aiming at improving food production in urban environment.

Creative Urban Farming Workshop _ Prototypes
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Mutualism Prototype _ Mushroom and Vegetable Cultivation Module (Group 5)
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Discussion on NBS-Chiara Farinea (IAAC), Jonathan Minchin (Open Source Beehives PM)
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Here you can learn more about their work
Final Presentations (Free online version):

GROUP 1 (Hydroponics cultivation)Playponics
Awareness Rising Hydroponic Installation for Public Space
Fabiana Cerruti Rossetti, Giulia Bertoldo, Demi Pradolin, Matias Gatti, Emily Whyman.

GROUP 2 (Materials developed with vegetable plant roots)un-EARTH
Roots Textiles from Vegetable Gardens.
Oana Taut, Elvin Demiri, Michel Grandörf.

GROUP 3 (Pollinations) Parasitizing Urban Voids
Insects’ Hotel and Urban Orchards as Activators of Abandoned Space
Lara Del Valle, Melina Pekholtz, Nikoleta Mougkasi.

GROUP 4 (Supernutrients/Algae)The Algae of Everything
Intelligent network of algae, people, data, things and processes
Cecilia Gonzales Torres, Emmanouli Vermisso, Janine Philippe, Nadina Iona Jurat.

GROUP 5 (Mushroom cultivation)Mutualism
Tile for mushrooms and vegetables cultivation in urban environment
Giovanna Bartoleschi, Evanthia Beristianou, Paula López Barba, Maher Mansour.

Areti Markopoulou[IAAC] _ Creative Urban Farming Workshop Final Presentation
(ph: IAAC, Federica Ciccone for Creative Foods Cycles)

All the projects were presented during a final-open to the public-presentation to an international multidisciplinary jury, with the scope to give to all the participants specific critics and tailor-made suggestions.

Creative Urban Farming Workshop _ Final Presentation
(ph: IAAC, Federica Ciccone for Creative Foods Cycles)
Creative Urban Farming Workshop Participants _ Group Picture
(ph:IAAC, Federica Ciccone for Creative Food Cycles)
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