There are four researchers from three different research areas, together with a food scientist from SLU in Umeå who will take on this challenge along with Kiruna municipality. They will develop a model to identify optimal locations for growing mushrooms and vegetables based on big data about energy, building, etc. The model should be used to draft a city wide strategy that is in line with the new National Swedish Food Safety Strategy.
"Through the recovery of heat in buildings and the choice of smart building materials, combined with the latest technology in solar cells and LED lighting, we think this can be a success," says Agatino Rizzo, researcher in architecture at Luleå University of Technology.
Environmentally, this type of small-scale urban agriculture will reduce our dependence on poorly controlled food chains while reducing the environmental costs of transport.
"The interest is great for fresh, biologically grown food that is proudly produced locally and can be sold to local restaurants and to other customers. Urban agriculture will bring people closer to nature. It can be a source of education for local schools and surrounding communities," says Agatino Rizzo.