Tag: Design


TEDxJohannesburg Salon – Hacking the Farm

I will be speaking on the design of situated technology for urban agriculture at the TEDxJohannesburg Salon – Hacking the Farm on March 1 2018.

From http://www.tedxjohannesburg.co.za/hackingthefarm.html :

“The nature, texture, and complexion of the farm are changing. The gates are opening—slowly if not surely—to many who were previously excluded. Land reform promises to deliver tangible justice to those who’ve been deprived for far too long. Human population is projected to reach an astounding 9.7 billion by 2050. Every mouth will need to eat, and do so well. Climate change remains a challenge. But human ingenuity is hard to beat. Strategies and tactics will emerge. They must emerge. Business models are shifting—the farm is transforming into a high performance, high growth enterprise. It’s adding value to crops, turning commodities into products, and moving up the supply chain. The modern farm is a brand, with a USP, and a target audience. It can double-up as a factory, distillery, restaurant, place of learning, or even a wedding venue. Today’s farm is experimenting with new production methods and processes: biotechnology, big data, GPS, drones, robotics, and autonomous systems. Even the adjectives are changing: the farm can now be smart, precise, vertical, lean, organic, hydroponic, aeroponic, or aquaponic.

The farm, like the future, is not what it used to be.

Get ready for TEDxJohannesburgSalon: Hacking the Farm. The event takes place on 1 March 2018,  at Tshimologong Precinct, in Braamfontein. We’re selecting our speakers from a range of farmers, technologists, agronomists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, commodity traders, chefs, restaurateurs, analysts, and activists. Each will take the farm apart, and put it back together again. Collectively, they will give us a perspective on the exciting changes that the farm is going through, as it transforms to meet the demands of a rapidly approaching future.

We’re thrilled that a truly awesome group of speakers have agree to participate. They include the following:

Wandile Sihlobo: Agricultural Economist, Columnist

Gertjan Meeuws (The Netherlands): Horticulture Engineer

Michris Janse van Rensburg: Farmer, Inventor

Emma Naluyima (Uganda): Veterinarian, Smallholder Farmer

Thato Moagi: Agripreneur, Nuffield International Scholar 2017/18

Claire Reid: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Gardener

Joshua C. Ngoma: Serial Entrepreneur

Tola Okunlula: Researcher, Afrika Burner

Jimmy Ka-Botha: Farmer

Mojisola Ojebode (Nigeria) : Biochemist, Social Entrepreneur

Busiso Moyo: Researcher, Food Activist

Matt Purkis: Green Economy Entrepreneur

Tracy Ledger: Author, Food Security Specialist

Brad Meiring: Entrepreneur, Geologist

Naudé Malan: Developmental Studies Researcher

Angus Donald Campbell: Industrial Designer, Design Researcher

Brian Dick: Slow Food Advocate

Michael Rudolph: Professor, Urban Farming Advocate

Thabi Nkosi: Agricultural Economist

Edward Mabaya (Zimbabwe, USA): Agricultural Economist, Academic

Stay tuned for more information. Buy your tickets here.”


Farming at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

If you are visiting Cape Town anytime soon head down to the new Moyo at the V&A Waterfront. The open air “African Souk” urban farm and restaurant is designed by architect Tsai from Tsai Design Studio. Tsai’s concept was to increase sustainability and almost completely remove food miles by actually growing all of the produce required for the restaurant on site. Not only does this include aquaponic vertical green walls and trout ponds, but also electricity generating solar louvres providing shade for patrons! Read more about the project here