Efficient Space Utilization

A project log for The Smart Garden

An Arduino IoT Farming Experiment

frank-vigilanteFrank Vigilante 04/14/2015 at 20:520 Comments

When contemplating the utilization of space of my robotic garden, I thought back to my favorite story highlighting wealth creation abilities of my favorite business leader in history:

While seeking a way to improve the efficiency of the exterior floor plans of the restaurants he operated, this man decided that the heating and air conditioning systems on the side of the building were an inefficient use of space. He called up his HVAC company, and told them that he wanted them to install the machines on the rooftop of his restaurants...they thought his idea was crazy, but ended up fulfilling his odd request. To this day, despite the ample space on the side of most buildings, suburban and rural commercial buildings have these machines on the roof.

The Smart Garden's place in the farming landscape is to provide a backyard appliance for the suburban residential setting, and more importantly, to enhance the viability of the green roof by providing not just energy efficiency to the large building, but also a profitable food byproduct. In this way, the Smart Garden pays homage to this great businessman.