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Aquatectural vision: Integrating fish and vegetables with the built environment

Aquatectural vision: Integrating fish and vegetables with the built environment

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Published by: Aquaponics on Dec 18, 2010
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Integrating sh and vegetables with thebuilt environment will create a new urbanagricultural economy.
 AquaPlanet is a multidisciplinary team promoting sustainable foodeconomies, with strategic planning, design and communications. Weenable new growers, starting small.
Economic and environmental trends have required that we rethink how we feed ourselves.New models of food production for high density urban areas are being developed that involverooftop gardening and
aquaponics
. These projects are making progress. Financial viability willlikely be proven on a commercial scale in the near future. At that point investment capital for expansion will become available.AquaPlanet promotes aquaponics and related systems to communities and organizationsseeking a point of entry with the technology. The team’s expertise covers
design
,
engineering 
,
communications
and
business development
. Workshops are being planned in the Raleigh,NC area to introduce small local growers to the near-term market opportunities for produceand sh.Aquaponics has been developing as a technology since the early seventies. Its form wasconceived by Jack and Nancy Todd of the
New Alchemy Institute
. Today, island nations,such as Barbados, Hawaii and Australia have been able to integrate the system into themainstream, with several full-time operations running continuously. The growth continues inMilwaukee with Growing Power, a nonprot, and Sweet Water Organics, the rst large scalecommercial operation that is getting consistent mainstream media coverage.AquaPlanet brings the technology to the local level to train and enable new growers, with astrategic approach to t the community. A one hundred gallon sh tank and one hundredsquare feet of grow space can produce an amazing amount of sh and vegetables over ayears’ time. Scaling upward becomes easier once a grower is experienced. The AquaPlanet expertise and vision also includes the large scale. Partner 
 Wayne Dorband
,with a PhD in aquaculture and decades of experience in
industrial site reclamation
(in fact he helped invent it), has numerous sites across the US, with ambitious plans for converting factories into growing operations with his rm,
 WorldWide Aquaculture
. Clearly, the stage isset for advancing the next level of 
sustainable urban design
.
 Aquatectural vision.

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