Daniel Podmirseg
up!: Contribution of Vertical Farms to Increase the
Overall Energy Efficiency of Cities


Vertical Farming is defined by the high degree of industrialization, the year-around cultivation of food, its adaptability to the needs of a variety of crops. The primary focus of vertical building typology (as well as their programs and functionalities) is optimum plant growth. The building, as the central element of the urban ecosystem, first off is sustainably embedded into the social, architectural and economic environment of the city, and secondly aims to be as independent as possible from the consumption of fossil commodities.

Published on 19 July, 2016 in English and available for purchase.

„up!“ is a blueprint for how to proceed into the next millennium, enabling humans to finally achieve a peaceful co-existence with the rest of nature.

Dickson Despommier, Columbia University

Dr. Podmirseg makes a timely and compelling case for the integration of food within the city limits, with the vertical farm as a means to that end.


Our research deals with all issues relating to the well-being of people and plants inside (closed) buildings. Some of the central topics are the development of simulation instruments (such as daylight simulators) as well as empirical studies of potential space reduction in agricultural scenarios.


You can find general information about the vertical farm institute beginning in 2016, the year it was founded, as well as an overview of our achievements through 2017 as a PDF Download.

Informational Brochure

Download: Portfolio (c) vertical farm institute 2017

Portfolio 2017