Local food production can make a city more resilient and create space for social interaction between all kinds of backgrounds and cultures, leading to a stronger sense of community. We aim to showcase a variety of proposals on how to bring agriculture and the city closer together with a focus on alternative agricultural approaches that are space-efficient, ecologically valuable, and sustainable. We also discuss the role of animals within a circular food system. Everyone is encouraged to participate and contribute to creating a vision of a self-sustaining city

A project by Bram de Vos, the continuation of Uprooting Agro-Sytstems.In collaboration with Jonas Görgen. 


We can reduce food waste and get sustainable meat in its place by reintroducing pigs into our food cycle. Pigs like to eat leftovers and can turn 3 kg of waste into 1 kg of meat. This works best with a local food chain and organic farming. In this proposal we want to show that it is possible to make animals part of the solution rather than a problem. Much can be learned by looking at past practices and combining them with current knowledge to arrive at new outcomes. The ultimate goal is to show transparency about the origin and destination of our food and the overall impact this has.

Collaboration with Jonas Görgen. Our division in the work was mainly in the conceptualization. Jonas is the decisive realist, and Bram is the optimistic drive.




Graduation show DAE, January 2020. (Photo by Ronald Smits)

A strong urbanisation growth is asking for new systems 
With increasing urbanisation, finding a way for cities to feed themselves is a big win, easing pressure on the global food chain. So could a city like Amsterdam become agriculturally self-sufficient in the future? Bram de Vos thinks so. With ‘Uprooting Agro-Systems’, he proposes a combination of three agricultural methods. There’s vertical farming, which is useful to guarantee year-round produce, while a food forest offers more variety, despite seasonal limitations. And lastly, there’s syntropic farming: an efficient and eco-friendly alternative to monoculture that involves planting mutually beneficial crops alongside each other without impacting the environment. Together, the pros and cons of each are balanced for the best results.

Uprooting Agro-Systems was also featured by the:

  VPRO Mondo, click here.
  FRAMEWEB, click here.
  Designwanted, click here.

Graduation show DAE, January 2020. (Photo by Marleen Stoker)

Focus on the legend


Goal outcome project: The focus is on a production landscape that combines different ways of agriculture, water management and solar energy. We envision a circular area development, where education, functions for the neighborhood and production come together. The main goal is to include the cooperation and interests of Oostwold and its surroundings in the design.

The phase we have now reached is the development of the 6 typologies into models. This will make it easier for us to enter into discussion with interested parties in the area. By having it visual and tangible, the communication and imagination is easier to understand. We hope this will make the conversations richer, where we can jointly come up with interesting plans, to make it a pleasant and valuable development for everyone.

Start November 2021 - in development.


Textiel Museum Tilburg

The whole textile industry starts with planting a beautiful complex seed. A quite simple process planting a seed, but we as humans made it amazingly hard for ourselves. Since 1995 companies can have there patent on seeds, on Genetically Modified seeds. Monsanto is world leading in the Bt-cotton seed. In more then 20 years they have harmed ecosystems and humans so badly with there Roundup pesticide. They have devastated a large part of world.
So what can we do about this? In my Utopian idea I see vertical farming as the key for our agriculture future. It is a tool, in the tool you have a modern nature. A system that exist for a few years now, but hasn’t found

it’s potential yet. The great thing about it is that you can place it anywhere, you can grow plants anywhere. Tilburg could be covered with vertical farming, on rooftops, or in abandoned buildings. In these farms you can plant hemp for example, a material that used to be in our culture, we can bring that back to make textile again. We can start again working local but way more efficient then how we used to do it and restore nature to its fullest.

Scale model Textiel museum Tilburg, First attempt to design a vertical farm on the roofop.

Hemp sample by Textiel Museum Tilburg

Welcome. My name is Bram de Vos and the common thread in my work is to provide answers to the 'pain' that cities face. This is a mix of complex questions about the climate, the growing population, the equalities in our society, energy, logistics, etc.

This is also called transitions. Municipalities and governments have many questions about this. Only the answers are still missing. At the moment a lot is being invented to give solutions to these urban issues. This development is good, but it still lacks the Master Plan, where everything can come into its own.

That is where my passion and strength lies.  

I am the bridge between the worlds of new abstract ideas and where 'the questions lie'. I design the overarching plan, where many disciplines work together for new possibilities. A master plan which has answers for the future. Focused on the "grey area" between the border of the city and the border of the surrounding landscape. The frayed edges.

A good example of such a plan is my project Uprooting Agro-Systems. I have redesigned the Waterland around Amsterdam into a large productive agricultural landscape by combining three agricultural techniques and involving the inhabitants and farmers.

But I cannot do this alone. I am looking for governments - municipalities - investors - scientists - architects - who want to sit around the table with me. Together we can look at where different ambitions and bottlenecks lie in this issue. From there, collaborations and projects can arise that can bring us a step closer to the big urban challenges.