The Challenge

Increasing of urban population is leading to re-design and re-place centres of food production in order to make cities more sustainable and to foster the creation of new economies.

To boost this trend, the university of Bologna organizes the International Student Challenge UrbanFarm.

3 months of time to redesign selected locations, having a look at the 3 spheres of sustainability.

Multidisciplinary student teams from the Faculties of Agriculture, Biology, Architecture, Design, Economics, Engineering and Social Sciences, are invited to join the challenge and design innovative urban agriculture systems that integrate the best architectural and technological innovations for food production in urban environments. Their projects will be based on existing vacant spaces in three cities, characterized by different peculiarities. Their design should have a strong and entrepreneurial connotation, promoting the generation of new forms of employment for disadvantaged users.

The competition is open to student teams from all over the world, and teams may comprise students from different universities and universities of applied sciences.


Prof. Francesco Orsini

Coordinator International Student Challenge UrbanFarm
Chair, Division Landscape and Urban Horticulture (ISHS)

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Challenge Tutor

Dr. Giuseppina Pennisi

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