Yasai is more than the plants within the Vertical Farms, it is a vision of a sustainable future on this planet.
Inspired by the book: "Vertical Farms: How to feed the world in the 21st Century" by Dr. Dickson Despommier, Mark Zahran started a master thesis in Architecture at ETH Zurich that was looking for an answer to the question: "How to integrate Vertical Farming within the Swiss landscape?". The answer was a design, that re-uses a mining landscape to grow and farm vertical. After finishing his studies, the idea of Yasai was born and quickly attracted like minded people from all the edges of Zurich and even across borders. Anouk Scheadler from the University of Arts of Zurich (ZHDK), Philipp from the University for Applied Science in Wädenswil (ZHAW), Stefano & Nikola from the finance sector. Freelancers, advisors, investors & business partners from all around the world share the vision of Yasai and support us every day. The 1st project we planned was to create a feasibility study and design for the largest "Vertical Farm of the world" together with Lafarge Holcim AG, who owns a lot of empty quarries all around the world. Today we are building the first Automated Vertical Farm in Zurich to enable a resilient & local production of vegetables & herbs for a healthy society and a better planet! Stay up to date by following our blog!"