Circular City + Living Systems Lab

September 17, 2020

CCLS Presents at the 2020 AIA/ACSA Conference

Take a look at what’s next for the CCLS – a presentation on two papers that explore long-term carbon solutions for the built environment.


September 16, 2020

CCLS presents at RAI-RGS Virtual Conference

Prof. Proksch and lab member George Lee presented Urban vs. Peri-Urban, a GIS-based mapping investigation of urban agriculture.


September 1, 2020

Seth Connell Publishes “A Beginner’s Guide to Aquaponics”

CCLS congratulates Seth Connell on the recent publication of his book, Beginner’s Guide to Aquaponics!


July 10, 2020

Global Sustainability Scholars Final Presentations

Concluding the first round of research for the Global Sustainability Scholars, a virtual presentation was held to showcase the work done in the previous months.


June 16, 2020

CCLS + UiL receive COVID-19 Research Grants

The CCLS and UiL received two Economic Recovery Research grants as a part of the University of Washington Population Health Initiative’s funding program to further understanding of the spatial and economic impacts of COVID-19.


June 15, 2020

CCLS Presents at the ACSA 108 Virtual Conference

Professor Gundula Proksch and CCLS PhD student Erin Horn presented at the ACSA 108 Virtual Conference held in June 2020.


June 3, 2020

CBE Chronicles #4

The CBE Chronicles, hosted by Alex Barr and Andres Flores, have a conversation with Professor Wittington and Professor Proksch about their developing COVID-19 research.


June 1, 2020

Design for 203X

CCLS team member George Lee presents his vision of what residential architecture would look like if sustainability was the primary driver of all building, resulting in designs that address social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


SYM: Ballard Community Hub

SYM is a mixed-use community hub exploring the mutually beneficial relationship between a commercial aquaponic operation, an industrial ceramic workshop, and housing within the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The SYM project proposes a synergistic resource flow between these different programmatic elements to create a vibrant, resilient, and productive urban landscape. Centered around a public courtyard,…


Seattle Global Greens

Overlapping culture and use is the central theme of the Seattle Global Greens project, a controlled environment urban agriculture venture in industrial Ballard. With a tiered volume-separated greenhouse, Global Greens creates microclimates suitable for the cultivation of warm-weather produce year-round. A closed loop nutrient and water system will produce various fish, and a pier photovoltaic array…


Gather + Grow

The Gather + Grow project is a mixed-use building campus featuring two residential buildings, a market plaza, and an aquaponic growing operation. The project takes advantage of a unique pocket of breweries in Ballard’s industrial zone to create a synergistic water and energy district. This collection of breweries, the strong industry presence, and Ballard’s active…


Ballard Market Landing

The Ballard Market Landing is a passenger ferry terminal and public market house with integrated aquaponic operation that proposes to expand access to Ballard’s unique shopping and dining districts via Seattle’s waterways. The integrated aquaponic operation with rooftop greenhouse provides fresh produce to the public market house where farmers and artisanal food crafters connect directly…


Agricultural Learning Center

The Agricultural Learning Center promotes public knowledge and community engagement in this unique and little-known food production system. This building program was conceived and spatially organized with the intent of engaging Ballard’s community to Grow, Create, and Engage. Students and visitors witness hands-on the large aquaponic growing system and rooftop gardens as well as chicken…


The (Tree)tment Center

The (Tree)tment Center is a state-of-the-art cancer rehabilitation clinic that explores the potential for therapeutic biophilic design. The (Tree)tment Center integrates an aquaponic growing system to provide a unique and resource-efficient support hub for cancer patients. Connectivity to the aquaponic growing systems and koi ponds is tantamount in the (Tree)tment center, where patients, visitors, and…


Spring 2020 Research Studio + Seminar

In this research studio students explored the intersections between our built environment and food systems by envisioning how aquaponics could be integrated into cities.


May 11, 2020

The CCLS Instagram is Active!

Follow the CCLS on Instagram for updates on our research projects!


CCLS COVID-19 Research Featured in the Daily

Read the article published by the Daily featuring the CCLS’s new COVID-19 research on how local businesses are adapting to the pandemic.


April 29, 2020

CCLS Receives COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant CARD

The CCLS is one of 21 UW research teams awarded a grant to help further investigate the effects of the pandemic on the design of essential services and facilities.


April 10, 2020

CITYFOOD Article Featured in TAD

Read CITYFOOD’s article featured in Technology | Architecture and Design’s most recent Spring 2020 publication.


February 20, 2020

Prof. Proksch Officially Launches CCLS Lab

Read about Gundula Proksch’s initial launch of the research lab and how she sees this lab as an opportunity for CBE students to engage in topics such as urban agriculture, living systems, and green waste management.


December 20, 2019

Rooftop greenhouses from idea to reality: technical, operational and legal considerations

Forthcoming book chapter in Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems, Springer Abstract Space is a valuable commodity in cities. Competing with traditional land uses, urban farms have been resourceful in finding vacant sites. Existing rooftops have been widely identified as underutilized sun-exposed urban resources, though few have been used to cultivate vegetation, and fewer still have been…


Urban Integration of Aquaponics

Forthcoming book chapter in Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems, Springer Abstract Aquaponics is a circular food production system that combines fish and plant cultivation to harness nutrient flows in controlled mimicry of a natural ecosystem. Its benefits, including resource efficiency and localized production, align well with the goals of the urban agriculture movement and…


Building an Ecosystem: Integrating Rooftop Aquaponics with a Brewery to Advance the Circular Economy

Forthcoming conference paper for 108th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, San Diego Figure 5: Aquaponic rooftop greenhouse and brewery systems combined; preliminary interaction diagram. Abstract As cities transform to manage the food-water-energy nexus sustainably, architectural design that is intimately involved with the industrial processes that buildings host can play a…


CITYFOOD: Research design for an international, transdisciplinary collaboration

Forthcoming article in Technology | Architecture + Design Figure 7: Expertise of CITYFOOD’s research consortium, main research activities, and interaction with stakeholders. Abstract Twenty-first-century cities face challenges such as potential food shortages, water scarcity, and dependence on non-renewable energy sources intensified by population growth. The development of innovative solutions for the Food-Water-Energy Nexus requires transdisciplinary…


December 2, 2019

Integration of Aquaponic Systems in Cities

PhD student Erin Horn was interviewed for the sustainable lifestyle podcast NeuPlanet by Aidan Hersh & Xander Kipp. In this episode, the hosts discuss what urban integration of aquaponics means, as well as exciting new areas for developing research.


October 25, 2019

IGB Tour

The CCLS visited the aquaculture and aquaponic facilities of the Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) during the second annual CITYFOOD meeting.  


ECF Farm Systems Tour

Members of the CCLS team connected with ECF Farmsystems, an urban farming company based in the Malzfabrik business incubator in Berlin.


October 24, 2019

CCLS Meets with infarm

While at the Aquaculture Europe 2019 conference, CCLS visited the headquarters of Berlin-based infarm, a rapidly-growing urban farming company with a mission to lay the foundation for a new urban food system.


October 22, 2019

CCLS Tours IGZ Greenhouse

During the second annual CITYFOOD meeting in Berlin, Germany the CCLS team visited greenhouses on the grounds of the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) in Großbeeren.


October 20, 2019

Aquaculture Europe 2019

Members of the CITYFOOD team attended Aquaculture Europe 2019 in Berlin, Germany to present research work and meet with members of the aquaponic community.


June 29, 2019

The CCLS Hosts Global Sustainability Scholars

In the summer of 2019, the CCLS hosted GSS students from many higher education institutions around the country.


June 14, 2019

Urban Food Systems: Applying Life Cycle Assessment in Built Environments and Aquaponics

Abstract As the building sector faces global challenges that affect urban supplies of food, water and energy, multifaceted sustainability solutions need to be reexamined through the lens of built environments. Aquaponics, a strategy that combines recirculating aquaculture with hydroponics to optimize fish and plant production, has been recognized as one of “ten technologies which could…


June 3, 2019

Aquaponics in the Built Environment

Book chapter in Aquaponics Food Production Systems, Springer International Publishing 2019 BIGH Ferme Abattoir, Brussels , 07/05/2018 Credit : Daina Le Lardic / Isopix Abstract Aquaponics’ potential to transform urban food production has been documented in a rapid increase of academic research and public interest in the field. To translate this publicity into real-world impact,…


April 1, 2019

Global Aquaponics Practitioner Survey

The CCLS has launched their survey out to existing aquaponic farm operations hoping to connect aquaponic farmers, researchers, and decision-makers around the world!


December 9, 2018

Garden City Presentation

Prof. Gundula Proksch has appeared on an episode of ThinkTech Hawaii to discuss her work on sustainable infrastructure for cities, with a focus on urban aquaponics.


January 2, 2018

Review of Built to Grow: Blending Architecture and Biology

Abstract The emerging discipline of biomimetics converges biology, chemistry, and engineering to offer a scientific approach to bio-inspiration. It develops methodologies for the in-depth analysis of nature to derive technological advances.1 In the field of architecture, biomimetic research primarily has the potential to contribute to the design of innovative building systems and structures, such as efficient…


December 21, 2016

Growing Urbanism: A Manifesto toward an Ecological Urbanism

Article in Blur>d3: dialog International Journal of Architecture and Design Visual Data Overlay: In an interactive, visual overlay the user receives additional information about the surrounding site, shown here while looking at a self-regulating building in downtown Seattle. Abstract Imagine a city of the future where nature has re-emerged into the streets, food grows in…


December 1, 2016

Creating Urban Agricultural Systems: An Integrated Approach to Design

Routledge, 2017 Citation Proksch, Gundula. 2016. Creating Urban Agricultural Systems : An Integrated Approach to Design. 1st ed. New York: Routledge. https://search.proquest.com/agricenvironm/docview/1999775647/6BCE38C1DCA448F7PQ/1.


October 4, 2014

Growing Urbanism: An Evolutionary Urban Ecology in Cascadia

Book chapter in Now Urbanism: The New City is Here, Routledge, 2015


December 4, 2013

Growing Sustainability – Integrating Algae Cultivation into the Built Environment

Abstract Designers are expanding the definition of Sustainable Design by incorporating biological processes and systems directly in their projects. Systems like green roofs and living machines have proved themselves invaluable for reducing a project’s overall environmental footprint. More recently, advanced algae cultivation technologies – some still in the testing phase – inspire architects and designers….


December 1, 2012

The Built Environments Laboratory: An Interdisciplinary Framework for Studio Education in the Planning and Design Disciplines

Journal article in Journal for Education in the Built Environment, 2012 Collective vision of the site, including building prototypes, urban agricultural production, and community engagement developed by a interdisciplinary student group. Abstract Interdisciplinary education is becoming a hallmark strategy for preparing and providing students with the skills necessary for addressing the complexity of our contemporary…


March 1, 2012

Photosynthetic Energy and Ecological Recycling: The Architectural Potential of Algae Cultivation

Conference paper in Digital Aptitudes: Proceedings of the 100th ACSA Annual Meeting, 2012 Algae as wastewater treatment Abstract Designers are expanding the definition of Ecological Design by incorporating biological processes and systems directly in their design. Systems like green roofs and living machines have proved themselves invaluable for reducing a design’s overall environmental footprint. Algae-based…


April 20, 2011

Urban Rooftops as Productive Resources: Rooftop Farming versus Conventional Green Roofs

Conference paper in Considering Research: Proceedings ARCC, 2011 Green roof and rooftop farm construction types Abstract Rooftops in our urban centers represent a vast potential of currently underused space. The transformation of these urban rooftops into an environmental, ecological resource through an increased implementation of green roof technology is becoming standard practice in many cities…


March 6, 2011

Urban Water: Re‐Introduction of Sustainable Water Cycles through Urban Agriculture

Conference paper in 99th ACSA Annual Meeting, Montreal, CA, 2011 New York City: Eagle Street Farm Abstract Despite severe catastrophes cased by heat waves, droughts and desertification, global water problems have not yet penetrated into general consciousness. This study looks at the imbalance between the pressures on cities to provide their inhabitants with fresh water…


May 11, 2010

Hybridizing the American ‘Parkway’: The Potential of Urban Agriculture to create more Sustainable Cities

Conference paper in Landscape Legacy: Landscape Architecture Between Art And Science: Proceedings of the 2009-2010 CELA Conference, 2010 Abstract Hybridizing the American “Parkway” demonstrates how existing historic ‘parkways’, a legacy of American Landscape Architecture, can be overlaid with sustainable interactive programs, particularly with regard to urban agriculture, to increase their environmental, social and cultural values….


March 4, 2010

Urban Cultural Greenway – The Potential of Urban Agriculture as Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

Conference paper in REthinking: Proceedings of the 98th ACSA Annual Meeting, 2010 Park systems in the city of North Vancouver Abstract Presently a large number of green spaces in North American cities show poor ecological performance, offer little cultural value and lack public use. This article examines how the integration of programs related to urban…