Advisory Board Members

Our Research With Universities

Over time, the company realized that there is more than just aesthetic to living walls and that nature is contributing in many intangible ways. We understood people’s need to surround themselves with a green, healthy environment, that’s when we started to collaborate with Bar-Ilan University and University of Nanjing in China on a study sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The study aims to monitor the environmental, health and the direct and indirect economic benefits of living walls on the urban environment (local climate, temperature, radiation, humidity, wind, and carbon and water fluxes).

Prof. Oded Shoseyov

Prof. Oded Shoseyov is a faculty member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Shoseyov’s research is in plant molecular biology protein engineering and nano-biotechnology where his group focuses on bio-inspired nanocomposite materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific publications and is the inventor or co-inventor of 62 patents. Shoseyov is a TED speaker; his talk was translated to 21 languages with more than 1.5 million views. Shoseyov is also co-owner and winemaker of BRAVDO winery named after his mentor, and partner Prof. Ben Ami Bravdo. Prof. Shoseyov received the Outstanding Scientist Polak Award for 2002, the 1999 and 2010 Kay Award for Innovative and Applied Research, The 2012 Israel Prime Minister Citation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the 2018 Presidential Award for his contribution to the Economy and Society of Israel.

Prof. Dickson Despommier

Prof. Dickson Despommier is a microbiologist, an ecologist and Professor Emeritus of Public and Environmental Health at Columbia University. For 27 years he conducted research oncellular and molecular aspects of the host-parasite relationship and has lectured and taught courses on Parasitic Disease and Ecology. From one of these courses, in 1999, he founded the root for this idea of raising crops in tall buildings: vertical farming. In 2010, he published his widely received book: “The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st Century”. Vertical farms were first regarded as a utopia, but today there are hundreds scattered throughout the world. Vertical farms have many advantages including: organically farmed food (hydroponics and aeroponics), optimization of urban space, year round farming and the elimination of noxious agrochemicals. His idea was regarded as visionary at the time, but today it has become a beacon for all countries where food imports are high.

 

 

Prof. Itamar Lensky

Prof. Itamar Lensky is a faculty member of Bar-Ilan University, head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Lab. Prof. Lensky’s interest is in atmospheric effects on the surface temperature and fluxes with implications on natural, agricultural and urban systems. He has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications. He is leading a research team exploring and monitoring the effects of vertical greenery systems on numerous aspects of the urban environment to assess the environmental, health and economic benefits of green walls.