Aaron Mararuk and Tristan Copley Smith are co-founders of AKER. The project evolved out of a citizen science project the two fouded previously called Open Source Beehives. Both thought digital fabrication could be applied to creat innovative, snap fit solutions for the urban farming movement.
A modular growing system for producing food and increasing biodiversity in cities. Using a common design aestethic and simple, snap-fit assemblies, AKER is lowering barriers for city dwellers to participate in greening their cities. Envisioning a city where grey walls, rooftops and balconies are transformed into living ecosystems, the current range of kits includes a chicken coop, vermicomposter, three plant beds, and two sorts of beehives.