Accessible Vertical Farming (AVF)

The designer wanted to change the way how society works together to achieve sustainability goal in a specific community, the landfills in Tropical countries, as the same time, find a better way to optimise current tyres recycling process.

He wanted to bring marginalised population who lives around and relies on landfills into this ambitious sustainable plan.

He started his research by discovering the disadvantage of the current tyre recycling industry and mushroom production. After a significant load of investigation, he found a magical meet point to solve both of the problems.
When people reform used tyres into new ones, tremendous toxic waste born. When we chop used tyres up for building playground or urban infrastructure, the fragment degraded naturally and remained harmfully for creatures in the ocean at last. It is also a bad idea to store them in landfills because they remain for hundreds of years and, with their shape, tyres are hotbeds for mosquitos, bacteria and virus under warm sunshine and high humidity.



Designer faced three essential questions.Is using the inner surface of used tyres as the place to grow mushrooms a good idea?

1. With most wasted food from local London restaurant as substrate, can farmers grow mushrooms out of basements or wirehouses whos shady environment powered with energy consumption?

-Are mushrooms growing in tyres eatable?  

(With local London farmers suggestion, Pei chose eight kinds of mushrooms naturally grow in the U.K for the experiment. He founded a team with friends from the biology engineering department of Imperial College. They successfully harvested mushrooms grew in recycled tyres in their yards from local garages. Later on, they did toxicity detection in Bio lab. The result is negative. But the test of “if mushroom can help degrade”)

2.How can this technology fit different environment needs in all possible district on this planet?

-How can they check “what do they need to do” or “which fungi type of growing” as a user or client?

He tried to contact people from the programme of meteorology and geography, and origin people from target place to help detect and make a user map. Unfortunately, at last, Pei just found only one set of valid data, Thailand as the place, coconut skin and shell as substrate, Chanterelle mushrooms as the fungi type. But he trusts that if here’s more time and help, he can achieve a user map 

3.Why people use this technology?

-How can this technology change the way to reach sustainability goal?

Pei’s original idea of this technology is to help litter pickers who live on landfill, and then,  drop them in together with the whole society,  to help our living environment. As the same time, to give another option to our community to recycling used tyres, to save energy used to supervise and control the environment in current mushroom production. Finding abandoned tyres in landfills, then taking them back to communities for growing mushrooms as food, eating them or selling for money. The fact is, Childrens living on dumps have averagely $1.5 income per day, and they are taking a significant risk of the terrible living environment gives. Garbage importing countries’ government can also benefit a little bit by producing meagre cost and biodegradable substrate from wasted food, then popularise to their citizen. Another thing, the technology itself is full of educational meaning. Here are far more aspect the Accessible Vertical Farming can help 



1. 以伦敦当地餐馆的大部分废弃食物为基质,农民可以在能源消耗驱动的阴暗环境中的地下室或铁丝网中种植蘑菇吗?- 轮胎中的蘑菇可以食用吗?


- 作为用户或客户,他们如何检查“他们需要做什么”或“哪种真菌类型的生长”?


3.为什么人们使用这项技术? - 这项技术如何改变实现可持续发展目标的方式?

我对这项技术的最初构想是帮助生活在垃圾填埋场的垃圾捡拾者,然后与整个社会一起将它们丢弃,帮助我们的生活环境。作为同时,为我们的社区提供另一种选择,回收废旧轮胎,节省能源,用于监督和控制当前蘑菇生产的环境。在垃圾填埋场找到废弃轮胎,然后将它们带回社区种植蘑菇作为食物,食用它们或者卖钱。事实是,生活在垃圾场上的儿童平均每天收入 1.5 美元,他们正在冒着可怕的生活环境带来的巨大风险。垃圾进口国政府也可以通过生产微薄的成本和来自废弃食物的可生物降解基质,然后普及到他们的公民。另外,技术本身就充满教育意义。这里有更多方面的 AVF可以提供帮助

The piccture attached below is the stakeholder map  👇

Pics about the process