Could you design the ultimate urban greenhouse?

Could you design the ultimate urban greenhouse?

The explosion in urban growth presents opportunities as well as challenges to our environment and our food systems. Many cities are looking for ways to help feed themselves sustainably and urban agriculture is becoming an exciting new discipline.

To support these developments, Wageningen University & Research is organising a Student Challenge to “Design the Ultimate Urban Greenhouse”.

The Challenge is part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Wageningen University and will be organised every other year.

Why Join?

Are you a student eager to explore your boundaries and expand your horizons? Do you have skills that you want to showcase to the world? This Student Challenge provides a myriad of opportunities for you: a platform for you to demonstrate your talent, a stepping-stone to achieving greater things in life. The Challenge represents unconventional but effective ways of securing internships, scholarships, jobs and exposure to real-world issues.

Who for?

Students in relevant fields at universities or universities of applied sciences around the world.

What’s the challenge?

Submit an urban greenhouse design which brings (professional) food production into urban neighbourhoods, connects it with local energy systems, contributes to a circular city and encourages citizens to engage with sustainable production and consume healthy food.

What’s it about?

Your entry will be assessed on topics such as: renewable energy; citizen inclusion; contribution to the circular city (e.g. recovery of phosphate, water, nutrients); ICT use; business models and of course greenhouse design and plant production systems.

What's to win?

The winning team will be given the opportunity to present their design to relevant international audiences (maximum budget: €10.000).

When’s this happening?

Register before 1 December 2017. You will work on your submission from February 2018 onwards and will present your design for an expert jury during the last week of August 2018. 

What’s next?

Start putting together your interdisciplinary dream team now and get ready to Design the Ultimate Urban Greenhouse!

More info

More information about the Challenge will become available on this website in August and September 2017, so stay tuned! You can leave your name and email address below, to receive updates automatically.

Looking for a Communications Internship?

So you are a social media savvy Communications student looking for an internship. Passionate about telling a story in images and words. Excited about the potential of urban agriculture. Download the assignment for more information.