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Recycled Island by WHIM Architecture: Cleaning our Oceans and Creating a Floating City

Geschreven op 14-4-2010 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Afval, Cradle to Cradle, Duurzaam
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Recycled Island30 maart 2011: WHIM architecture is working on the design of a prototype for Recycled island. The prototype will exist of one single family home and surroundings to make it self-sufficient.

With the prototype WHIM Architecture want to show and test the realization of Recycled island. The prototype is a small version of Recycled island, but has similar sustainable and self sufficient characteristics as the overall concept.

The creation of the prototype will illustrate:  1: The plastic pollution worldwide. 2: The potential of plastic recycling. 3. Living with the rising sea-level. 4. Sustainable and self sufficient housing. The image is a first sketch of how the prototype could look like. The design will be further developed over 2011.  Source: Recycled Island

See also: Recycled Park by WHIM Architecture: The Documentary The Making Of Recycled park

Recycled Island

14 april 2010: Ja, geweldig natuurlijk. Briljant, opruimen van de rotzooi. Lijkt mij nog uitvoerbaar ook. Gewoon even al het plastic dat er in onze oceanen ronddrijft verzamelen en er een gigantisch eiland met een complete stad van maken.

Wordt ook gelijk een project van enorme omvang dat gefaseerd uitgevoerd moet worden. In eerste instantie gaat men voor een eiland van om en nabij de 10.000 km2, zeg maar Hawaï.

Daarvoor is de enorme Plastic Soep van de zogenoemde North Pacific Gyre voldoende. In een later stadium gaat men uiteraard op soortgelijke wijze andere drijvende vuilnisbelten opruimen. Gaat aardig richting Cradle to Cradle zou ik zo zeggen. Hieronder nog even het hele plan.

WHIMRecycled island is a research project on the potential of realizing a habitable floating island in the Pacific Ocean made from all the plastic waste that is momentarily floating around in the ocean.

The proposal has three main aims; Cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste; Creating new land; And constructing a sustainable habitat.

Recycled island seeks the possibilities to recycle the plastic waste on the spot and to recycle it into a floating entity. The constructive and marine technical aspects take part in the project of creating a sea worthy island.

The main characteristics of the island are summarized:
1. Realized from the plastic waste in our Oceans. This will clean our Oceans intensely and it will change the character of the plastic waste from garbage to building material. The gathering of the plastic waste will become a lot more attractive.
2. The island is habitable, where it will have its value as land capturing and is a potential habitat for a part of the rising amount of climate refugees.
3. The habitable area is designed as an urban setting. Nowadays already half of the World population lives in urban conditions, which has a huge impact on nature. The realization of mixed-use environments is our hope for the future.
4. The island is constructed as a green living environment, from the point of view of a natural habitat. The use of compost toilets in creating fertile ground is an example in this.
5. It is a self sufficient habitat, which is not (or hardly) depending from other countries and finds its own resources to survive. The settlement has its own energy and food sources.
6. The island is ecologic and not polluting or affecting the world negatively. Natural and non polluting sources are used to let the island exist in harmony with nature.
7. The size of the floating city is considerable in relation to the huge amount of plastic waste in the Ocean. The largest concentration of plastic has a footprint the size of France and Spain together. Starting point is to create an island with the coverage of 10.000 Km2. This is about the size of the island Hawaii.
8. The location is the North Pacific Gyre, where at this moment the biggest concentration of plastic waste is discovered. This is geographically a beautiful spot North-East to Hawaii. By recycling and constructing directly on the spot with the biggest concentration of plastic waste, long transports are avoided. Because of the floating character the position could eventually be altered. Source: Recycled Island

The Plastiki Expedition by David de Rothschild sets Sail – The House of Plastic: Prefab Homes made of Plastic Garbage – Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Plastic Soup and Plastic Planet – Plastic Soep by Jesse Goossens  – Trailer Plastic Planet – The Ocean Cleanup: How We Showed the Oceans Could Clean Themselves

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