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Dr. Dickson 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 has a PhD 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. He is now an emeritus professor at Columbia University and adjunct professor at Fordham University. At present, Dr. Despommier is engaged in a project with the mission to produce significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings situated in densely populated urban centers. 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 vertical farms up and running in Japan, Korea, Singapore, 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. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations) Related PostsDickson Despommier On Vertical FarmingThe Vertical Farm as the Ecosystem of the City – Dickson Despommier – AVF summit 2016Dickson Despommier On Selling the Vertical Farming ConceptDickson Despommier on THE VERTICAL FARM, coming this fall from St. Martin’s PressTHESIS 2013 RMUTT – INNOVATION VERTICAL FARMING FOR FUTURE […]

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  • A Cap 1 year ago

    free energy running cities were already made up and mapped out by one guy back in the 70s i think and just never used for fear of oil reduction and non profit making energy sources

  • pete h 1 year ago


  • Lasse Koski 1 year ago

    good presentation

  • Fringe Wizard 1 year ago

    >another 3 billion people

    More like another 3 billion muds that will just keep on fucking and reproducing no matter how much food you send to them. Let them die out already amd get them out of white nations.

  • TheFaceOfSpace 1 year ago

    congrats on knowing the word "exponential" though….

    not that you're actually using it in the mathematical sense, rather I suspect you are using it verbally as most people do.

  • TheFaceOfSpace 1 year ago

    no , seriously, go read a science book. regardless of tipping points, mankind can not accept the full blame for climate change.

    you should look at Venus…that planet experienced a runaway greenhouse effect btw, and I'm pretty sure we weren't to blame for that.

  • Julian W. - Gwangju 1 year ago

    Yeah, okay.
    Meantime, please read up a bit on the issue of tipping points, and why all the climate scientists – especially those that write books – are writing (and talking) about "runaway" climate change. What exactly does that mean?
    Hint: It has a bit to do with "exponential" growth (which is related to maths, but still…)
    Main point: Sometimes we don't notice a car when it first starts to move very slowly. We're at that stage now. If the car gets rolling down hill though it's harder to stop.

  • TheFaceOfSpace 1 year ago

    yes. please read a science book.

  • TheFaceOfSpace 1 year ago

    wrong. the one in chicago doesn't need it. neither does the one in singapore.

  • Chris Canaday 1 year ago

    Let´s do this with Urine-diverting Dry Toilets to have a civilized interface for users while safely recycling nutrients for the plants in the vertical gardens. Google inodoroseco, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance and ecosanres. It would be a pleasure to help make this happen.

  • eretzsus 1 year ago

    This will require XL pipelines from the oceans, connected to massive desalination plants.
    It will have to have a constant flow of fresh water to every city and town, even in the desert regions.

  • Julian W. - Gwangju 1 year ago

    "PARTIALLY" caused global warming? We have only "partially" caused climate change? Wow. Interesting…!