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Longyearbyen - Polar permaculture dome

Results 2nd round

The Scientific committee has now completed evaluation of the second submission. The experts involved in the evaluation were the following:

Projects (up to 50 points):

Alberto Custodi (University of Bologna, Italy), Francesco Orsini (University of Bologna, Italy), Chiara Cirillo (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), Mohsen Aboulnaga (University of Cairo, Egypt), Songul Sever Mutlu (Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Turkey), Noémi Kappel (SZIU Faculty of Horticultural Science, Hungary), Luca Parma (University of Bologna, Italy), Antonella Samoggia (University of Bologna, Italy), Alessandra Bonoli (University of Bologna, Italy), Vivian Loges (Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco – UFRPE, Brazil), Gabriele Baroni (University of Bologna, Italy), Matteo Vittuari (University of Bologna, Italy), Aldo Bertazzoli (University of Bologna, Italy), Xavier Gabarrell Durany (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain), Jesus Ochoa (Universidad Politècnica de Cartagena, Spain), Leo Marcelis (Wageningen University, The Netherland), Remi Kahane (CIRAD; France), Anna Lenzi (University of Florence, Italy), Emmanuel Geoffriau (Agrocampus Ouest, France), Francesca Meneghello (San Camillo Hospital, Italy), Gerhardus Griesel (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa), Bernd Polling (South Westfalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Costantina Righetto (University of Bologna, Italy), Isabella Righini (Wageningen University, The Netherland), Joan Rieradevall (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain), Johan van Rooyen (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa), Jorg Schroder (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Juan Fernàndez (Universidad Politècnica de Cartagena, Spain), Valda Rondelli (University of Bologna, Italy), Cherubino Leonardi (University of Catania, Italy), Maria del Carmen Salas (University of Almeria, Spain).

Video (up to 10 points):

Michele Mellara (University of Bologna, Italy), Alessandro Rossi (University of Bologna, Italy).

Ranking of LONYEARBYEN projects:

  • Symbiont-Society project: 46.6
  • The Polar Farmers: 44.0
  • AURORA: 30

In the small residential area of Nyben, in the suburbs of Longyearbyen (Svalbard Island, Norway), there is the Polar Garden, built in 2013 and now managed by the organization Polar Permaculture. In this area the organization, founded by Chef Benjamin L. Vidmar, start to grow fresh vegetables inside a dome, which was set up in 2016 and ordered from Alaska, using it with passive solar energy from end of May until end of September. Polar Permaculture evolved out of the need for Chef Benjamin L. Vidmar to have the freshest, locally grown product in the most northern town of Longyearbyen, while he was working as head chef of Svalbard Pub. People love the project and want to grow more food, and the organisation also want to increase the availability of locally grown vegetables and reduce the 100% import of food from mainland Norway. However, Nyben is quite far away from the town center, not many locals go there.

Moreover, there is only the permission to use the dome and a lab space for now and it is a temporary permission, since Nyben is an old site and the government does not want new structure there, so organisation will need to move the dome once get a permanent location somewhere else. Polar permaculture, in agreement with the local governmental agencis, proposed five possible sites in the town of Longyearbyen (the five site are represented in the dedicated map) as the new possible locations for the Polar Garden. Students can use all their skills to find the best options to set up an urban farm in the town. They will be free to choose one of this five areas and whichever site they will select must also include space to move the dome, set up a zero-waste restaurant, and be a green space for the city.

You can find more information on design in the links below:


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