InnovationNetwork develops ground-breaking innovations in agriculture, agribusiness, food and green spatial planning and ensures that stakeholders put these into practice.
These innovations are focused on long-term sustainable development. InnovationNetwork seeks to kick-start these ground-breaking innovations by developing breakthrough concepts which, once implemented, catalyze radical and far-reaching change.
InnovationNetwork was insitutionalized by the ministery of Energy, Agriculture & Innovation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but performs her function independently.
InnovationNetwork and Except work together on projects where fundamentally sustainable solutions neet to meet out of the box thingking. The cooperation started in 2010 with greenhouse area development in Venlo, for which area planning, communication, engineering and visualisation played a large role. Since then, various projects, both small and large, have been developed together, among which various area development projects, research into food-chains in relation to consumers and agricultural concepts such as Polydome.
We developed a sustainabile conversion and development plan for the post-war social housing area Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam. The project provides a flexible and exemplary roadmap for converting the neighborhood into a self-sufficient and sustainable area. It applies innovative energy solutions, urban farming, social and economic programs, secondary currencies, and adaptive redevelopment strategies.
This project was commissioned by housing corporation Vestia and agricultural research network InnovatieNetwerk.
The Portal to Venlo offers the greenhouse industry in the east of the Netherlands a model to develop a sustainable industry. The project re-imagines an existing greenhouse industry area, currently fragmented, inefficient, dangerous for bicycle tourists that cross the area and in general rather unappealing.
Polydome is a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility of commercial scale, net-zero-impact food production. The Polydome system strategically interweaves a wide variety of crops and animals, taking advantage of every inch of the greenhouse while eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
With its high yields (60 – 90 kg per square meter), and diverse outputs (over 50 crops, two mushroom varieties, chickens, eggs, fish, and honey), even a small Polydome system can provide a richly varied food supply for a large population.
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