Making Cities Smarter through Urban Agriculture

May 8, 2018 · Brooklyn, United States of America

This workshop is part of Smart Cities New York 2018. Once you register to SCNY18, use the code you received in your confirmation email to register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for Smart Cities New York 2018.


All over the globe, cities are turning ‘smart’ and embedding sensors, information management systems, and automation. Unfortunately, most ‘smart cities’ exclude agriculture and food in their dialogue and development. This presentation will ask: “Can a City Really be Smart Without Agriculture”? Henry will bring his knowledge of the spectrum of urban and peri-urban agriculture models and discuss how new scenario analysis tools can help cities understand the potential impact of strategies to make cities smarter through data-driven agriculture planning, management, and distribution. A discussion on lessons learned in working with cities on urban and vertical farming will be discussed as well as best practices for engaging them.


Henry Gordon-Smith
Founder & Managing Director
Agritecture Consulting
Henry is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. He is Founder of the popular blog and a Co-Founder of the Association for Vertical Farming. Three years ago, Henry launched his company Agritecture Consulting, a boutique global urban agriculture advising firm where he helps entrepreneurs with vertical farming feasibility studies, recruiting, and systems design. Henry is an acknowledged global thought leader in the emerging vertical farming industry. Henry grew up cities around the world including Hong Kong, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Moscow, and Vancouver, giving him a unique capacity to develop creative solutions to local and global problems. He earned his BA in Political Science from UBC, a certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. He was voted one of the Top 10 People in Produce and 40 under 40 in Food Policy in 2017. Henry serves as an advisor to multiple AgTech startups and is on the board of the non-profit organization Teens for Food Justice.

Yara Nagi
Operations Director
Agritecture Consulting

As Operations Director, Yara advises on sustainability-related matters for clients of Agritecture Consulting and assesses the economic viability of their projects. She gained an interest in sustainable agriculture from her work experience in the Middle East. Yara has lived in between the United States and the MENA-GCC Region, developing programming aimed to spread sustainability practices within organizations and educational institutions.

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