Dickson Despommier - TEDxColumbiaEngineering - 11/29/11

"The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World, Saving the Environment"
Filmed November 29, 2011 - Miller Theatre, Columbia University, NYC

Professor Despommier was born in New Orleans in 1940, and grew up in California before moving to the New York area, where he now lives and works. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. For 27 years, he has conducted laboratory-based biomedical research at Columbia University with NIH-sponsored support, and is now an emeritus professor. He has always been interested in the environment and the damage we have caused by the simple act of encroachment. At present, he is am engaged in a project whose mission is to produce significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings situated in densely populated urban centers (see: www.verticalfarm.com and The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st century, October, 2011). This initiative has grown in acceptance over the last few years to the point of stimulating planners and developers around the world to incorporate them into their vision for the future city. To date, there are four vertical farms up and running in Japan, Korea, Seattle, and Chicago, with many more in the planning stage. It is his hope that vertical farming will become commonplace throughout the built environment on a global scale.
Professor Despommier has received numerous teaching awards (eight Best Teacher of the Year awards at the medical school), and the national American Medical Student Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003. He has published three books, over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and numerous review articles on a wide variety of subjects. He has lectured on the subject of vertical farming at various universities to various city and federal government agencies, including the United Nations, IMF, USDA and USAID. He has recently presented at TED and TEDx, PopTech, Ars Eletronica, IdeaCity, Monterey Design Conference, Seoul Digital Forum, and the Indian Institute for Architecture annual meeting. He live with his wife in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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