Final Report of Student Challenge: Design the Ultimate Urban Greenhouse

Published on
November 2, 2018

Multidisciplinary student teams were challenged to bring professional food production (back) into an urban neighbourhood, connecting it with local resource flows and e.g.
local (smart) energy systems. Their designs had to be based on an existing location in Amsterdam: the former Bijlmer prison. It had to encourage citizens to actively engage with the sustainable production and consumption of healthy food. Their business plans had to show which values are created and prove that their design is worth investing in.

The Challenge integrated social, economic, environmental and technical aspects. The Challenge was open to student teams from all around the world. Fourty teams preregistered, 24 teams from 10 countries were admitted and fourteen teams made it to the Grand Finale.

TheStudent Challenge “Design the Ultimate Urban Greenhouse will be organised every two years, each edition based on a different location in the world. You can find more information about the Student Challenge on

The final report to the Student Challenge 2018 can be found here.