November 10, 2010
An ESDi student develops a vending machine of food crops

The progressive human flow from rural areas to cities consolidates on 2008, when the world urban population outnumbers, for the first time in history, it’s rural counterpart. Power is increasingly self-entrusted in population hubs and the city-states emerge, with deep implications on goverments and authority. As population frees agrarian areas, ecosystems increasingly recover those spaces. In this way, human agglomerations could be seen in a positive light, through the liberation of natural spaces and ecological niches. Do these new dynamics represent a real opportunity to a sustainable future, or will they definitely compromise the global sustainability? Could higher degrees of sustainability be achieved by the use of the adequate logistics and production services?


is a vending machine of food crops. While biorector for growing a superfood - the spirulina microalgae (Arthospira Platensis)-and automated avandgarde cuisine. A cyborg utero. Mechatronic ecosystem where life establishes a symbiosis with technological systems. A sustained but open system with the typical inputs and outputs of an entity which depends on a chemical-energy exchange for its persistence. The machine produces algae as the ultimate goal but needs to be recharged with a minimum contribution of nutrients, being able to reduce this cycle of exchange to: algae for human consumption (output) and excess human urine (input). A super-reduction of the traditional agricultural system, synthesized and compacted to produce hyperlocally on urban areas. The dispenser of the machine represents a potential ecotone for urban citizens committed to the sustainable production-consumption binomial, so defective in such a globalized and asymmetric world. HABERLANDT, a vending machine