Master Thesis | Max Mannschreck | 4th semester | winter semester 2017/18

This master's thesis is concerned with the question how the exponentially growing population will be able to live on very dense urban space and how to provide it with sufficient food in the future.
In the next 20 years a growth in population of more than two billion people is projected. In order to feed the entire world population, food yield must increase by 60 to 100 percent. Since agricultural land can only be expanded and used more effectively by about 13 percent worldwide, an alternative to conventional food production is needed.

Possibilities for making food production more effective and space-saving in the future are being investigated. Furthermore, we will investigate how our consumer behaviour can be adapted to future nutritional structures.
Since not enough horizontal space is available, a high-rise residential building is to be created in which food cultivation takes place in a vertical orientation. The inhabitants of three floors jointly manage another floor intended for food cultivation. A sense of community can develop among the inhabitants and an awareness of what they consume and how it is grown.

The innovative concept is based on a combination of an aquaponics plant with a bioreactor façade and areas for food cultivation taking place in closed high shelves.
As it turns out, the time has come not only to rely on novel food cultivation systems, but also to combine them with each other in order to enable and harvest the synergetic effects.

The work was supervised by Prof. Sebastian Jehle.