IDM Grow

  • Designing creative solutions for various gardening challenges

A backdrop of green leaves with "IDM grow" overlaid on it.

IDM.Grow is an integrated program aimed at designing creative solutions for various gardening challenges. By working directly with community partners, students actively engage with end users to create implementable designs. The program operates between two main sites: (1) the Urban Food Lab, located in the NYU Tandon MakerSpace, serves as a testing space for students to test prototypes, and (2) the IDM.Grow Lab, located at the entrance of the IDM department, is both an edible garden and an educational point for all of IDM to enjoy.

Over the period of several semesters, students will be asked to follow an iterative design process that explores brainstorming, ethnographic research, prototyping and user testing to produce a final design.  Students will be exposed to core principles of IDM by promoting an educational program that is committed to sustainability and social justice, while providing students the opportunity to actively engage in an impact-led design process.

Current IDM.Grow Projects

  • Modular Vertical Gardens for Youth Education
  • Making Gardens Accessible for All


Methods & Technologies

  • Action-based Research
  • Human-centred Design
  • Prototyping
  • Computer-aided Design
  • Design Ethics
  • Physical Computing 
  • Systems Design
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Permaculture
  • Social entrepreneurship

Areas of Interest

  • Design and art
  • Sustainable environments
  • Engineering
  • Business

Partners for Student Collaboration

  • Community Partners
  • IDM Faculty
  • FoodLab

Faculty Advisor

  • Vanessa Harden
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