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Ema Paulin is part of the founding team of GOOD BANK, the first vertical-farm-to-table restaurant in the world. With vertical farming modules GOOD BANK enables their guests to see how their food is grown and harvested daily - all in the city center of Berlin.

Ema Paulin studied economics in Vienna and worked in electric mobility and architecture before starting her venture. With GOOD BANK she has already won two renowned prices in the DACH region: the “Gastro-Gründerpreis” and the “Silver Palm” of the “16th Leaders Club Awards”.

#newurbanism | smart streets, e-cars, vertical farming: could eco-friendly communes change the future of housing?

As the coliving trend gathers pace, it's clear that modern city-dwellers crave real-world community. At the same time, urban farming is becoming increasingly sophisticated and a reliable local food source. Smart streets and driverless cars cut down commuting times, will there be a need for everyone to cluster in the inner city? Might cities instead become decentralised? And will this fragmentation, ironically, bring us closer together? We are at once becoming more autonomous, able to live in hyperlocal communities that leverage the sharing economy, and yet more together, recognising the financial and lifestyle benefits of doing so.

Watch Laurence Kemball-Cook, CEO and founder of Pavegen, James Ehrlich, the founder of ReGen Villages, Ema Paulin, the founder and CEO of Good Bank, and Paul DeLong, President and CEO of car2go North America, on the question if and how eco-friendly communes might change the future of housing.

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