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Dickson Despommier – Honorary Board Member & Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University Bio: I was born in New Orleans and grew up in California before moving to the New York area, where I now live and work. I have a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. For 28 years, I conducted laboratory-based biomedical research at Columbia University. I am Emeritus Professor at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor at Fordham University. I have always been interested in ecological process and the damage humans have caused to the environment by encroachment (mostly to make room for farmland). I have become an advocate for producing significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings situated in densely populated urban centers (see:,, and The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st century, hardcover, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, New York; soft cover, Picadore Press, October, 2011). Starting in 2010, vertical farms have been constructed in Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the U.S.A. The Milan 2015 World Expo has as its theme “feeding the world”. The United States pavilion features a large vertical farm component. Given the accelerating rate of world-wide of acceptance of urban agriculture, it is likely that some form of vertical farming will become commonplace throughout the built environment on a global scale within the next 5-10 years. Presentation title: The Vertical Farm as the Ecosystem of the City Presentation abstract: Cities of the future will have to become self-sufficient as climate change continues to alter the agricultural landscape. Urban agriculture and vertical farming in particular will become commonplace as the world’s densely populated centers transition from parasites to symbionts. Cities that apply ecological principles to the management of municipal functions are key to re-wilding the damaged portion of the world. In the […]

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