Food for Thought, How to Biodesign, New Materials

Vertical farming in an existing environment – recap How To Biodesign #6

How To Biodesign – 6
In June 2020, we hosted the sixth How to Biodesign: a conversation about vertical farming in an existing environment. Special thanks to Wythe Marschall and of course William Myers for being co-hosts of the night and contributing from a historical and relevant worldwide perspective.

Eike Sindlinger from ARUP focused on biodiversity as the way to go forward, either high-tech & vertically integrated or back-to-basic small neighborhood initiatives was insightful. The entrepreneurship of Jason Kiem and his team at FeedBackFarm investigated a third way, producing all kinds of food – like insects and fish – grown on organic waste directly at a farm where the leftovers are producerd. The initiative that was mentioned in the talk was  Rotterdamse Munt, herb-garden in Rotterdam. Attached, you find the visual summary of the conversation made by Herman Weeda.

This month’s speakers

Jason Kiem – FeedbackFarm

What if protein rich insects can grow on farm-waste and serve as feedstock on that same farm? That is exactly the project Jason Kiem and his partners are working on, called FeedbackFarm. Next week, he’ll share his learnings on how to integrate wastestreams in local production systems – the Dutch National Authority for Entrepreneurs (RVO) gave the project a special permit to combine waste and food in a living system.
Jason co-founded InsectoCycle three years ago. He works with three co founders on getting the black soldier fly in business in the Netherlands. Insectocyclce aims at becoming the main supplier of high quality eggs of the flies to a variety of markets. Therefore they work on structuring circular supply chains in which these flies play a large role: as feedstock for instance, grown on the organic waste of a farmer. growing black soldier flies in containers on the farm. Their project FeedbackFarm is an interesting prototype of how to upcycle waste streams to protein rich black soldier flies.

Eike Sindlinger – designer Algae Haus bij ARUP

Cities not only have to provide affordable housing, education and employment, transport, energy, water and food for their citizens; they also have to make the transition to a more sustainable low-carbon economy and become more resilient to the consequences of climate change and disaster. Eike is one of ARUP’s creative masterminds working on large-scale., systemic solutions. One of his projects was the Algae Hous in HAMBURG from 2013.

How to Biodesign Meetup

Climate crisis asks for regenerative design. With the meetup series How to Biodesign, BlueCity Lab provides a platform for and by bioneers (pioneers in biodesign). Together with William Myers (curator, author, and teacher in Biodesign), we explore the opportunities from a systemic approach to raw material flows, making smart use of the latest knowledge and expertise about circular design, but also from biotechnology and biochemistry.

The monthly meet-ups facilitate interaction between bioneers who are already working and those who want to get started with biodesign and biofabrication, provide a platform for sharing stories and experiences and actively share knowledge, know-how and insights from the meetups to a broader audience.

Let’s stay connected

– You are welcome to join this linkedin group for Bioneers to be able to connect with each other outside these meetups.
– Check out the Guardian article on BlueCity. And follow BlueCity Lab on instagram to stay tuned on what’s growing in our Lab
– In case you have no clue what we were talking about when mentioning the Doughnut Economy: check this video for the great work of Kate Raworth and her team.
– You’re invited to the upcoming How To Biodesign meetups, check the agenda of BlueCity for upcoming meetups.