Set in discrete spots throughout the Town Center, the technology-enhanced discovery niches are intended to attract the attention of casual visitors and serve as a destination for planned events. Faculty members, students and private sector collaborators are encouraged to submit ideas and content for the niches to ensure that the themes reflect emerging science.
The Future of Edible Education
Aquaponics combines the technology of aquaculture and hydroponics. This accessible technology grows fish and plants together in one integrated, soilless system. Waste from the fish provides a nutrient-rich food source for the plants. The plants, in turn, provide a natural filter for the aquatic fish environment.
Aquaponics produces safe, fresh, organic fish and vegetables. When aquaponics is located within a controlled indoor environment, premium quality crops can be grown on a year-round basis. This sustainable food production method can raise fresh fish and vegetables for a family, an entire village or a profitable commercial farming venture.
How Can I Help?
The design team is seeking out campus partners who would like to feature their research in this project. Whether you are a landscape architect, computer scientist, horticulturist, engineer, food scientist, chemist or educator, your assistance in the design process is valuable. If you would like to participate, please add your name and contact information here.
Apply to Reserve Space
The main floor offers distinct spaces to meet different needs: With 40,000 square feet available, the main floor of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery can accommodate more than 1,200 guests. Known as the Town Center, the space may be divided to welcome groups of various sizes. View the Application Form.