Posts tagged smart cities
Bridging the gap between Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture

A conversation with Henry Gordon-Smith, Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting, about the future of urban agriculture and our cities. Henry will be teaching the Specialization Track ‘Smart Cities and Smart Agriculture’ together with Maeva Dang, on July 23 at the Thought for Food Academy Summit in Brazil.

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An Accountant, A Farmer and A Teacher

For a city to be 'smart', it must include agriculture. This is exactly why the recent AgLanta Conference brought together professionals from far and wide to discuss the future of urban agriculture, 'smart cities', and the important integration that must take place between the two. Our society tends to be heavily siloed, but at AgLanta 2018 the walls were temporarily removed and the discussions and connections that took place were incredible. This was my experience:

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exploring the smart city revolution

A ‘Smart City’ revolution is underway that applies technology driven solutions to urban problems. But urban food systems, and urban agriculture in particular--despite its unique advantages in making cities more resilient and sustainable--are often left out of the Smart City discussion. To explore these ideas further, Agritecture sat down with Chelsea Collier, founder of Digi.City, to discuss her research on Smart Cities across the globe, and where she sees urban ag in the broader Smart Cities context.

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MAKING CITIES FOOD SECURE

Last month, the city of Gurgaon, India hosted a two day workshop for farmers to promote urban farming. The workshop discussed many interesting topics, including urban and peri-urban farming techniques that consist of farming in vacant plots and small areas, such as balconies. As India is building 100 smart cities, can our cities be self sufficient in achieving food sustainability? The current urban farming trend, with correct policy direction, could be a game changer to ensure food security within urban areas.

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Ideas for Urban Agriculture and Smart Cities

Agritecture is actively planning the 2018 AgLanta Conference on March 27th & 28th. Do not expect the same conference as last year (that isn't the Agritecture way)! The main topic of the gathering will center around how an urban food system can contribute to a "Smart City". Smart is a curious word, and I am interested to hear the voices and opinions being brought into the conversation. Smart can be analog. Smart can be digital. Smart can be slow, grassroots, justice-focused. Smart can be fast, iterative, stakeholder-based. Smart to one can be nonsense to another. Smart can be keeping your mouth shut (Orion!). I'm excited to learn more about how controlled-environment and agtech-oriented urban agriculture can embrace many different perspectives of what smart means.

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The City of Atlanta’s Annual Aglanta Conference Announces New Theme & 2018 Dates

Agritecture is absolutely ecstatic to announce that the Aglanta Conference is officially returning to the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot for a second year. Slated for March 26 - 28, Aglanta 2018 is sure to repeat the success of the inaugural year and solidify itself among the most compelling annual conferences on the calendar.

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