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Algae dominates Biodesign Competition

October 6, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

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J dropcapill Fehrenbacher writes in inhabitat.com that when it comes to design, Mother Nature has a lot to teach us. The field of Biodesign has emerged as an exciting new discipline that integrates the best ideas from nature with the cutting edge of modern technology, fostering technological breakthroughs that could allow us to live better lives, more in harmony with our environment.

Inhabitat recently invited architects and designers from around the world to submit their wildest visions for a Biodesigned future, and “they delivered so much creativity and ingenuity that it was extremely difficult to narrow it all down to a short-list and then determine a winner,” according to Ms. Fehrenbacher.

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From algae structures, to aquaponic fish homes, to self-healing homes, the judges were thoroughly impressed by the entrants of the Biodesign Competition.

And the Grand Prize winner is… Adam Miklosi, for his Chlorella Oxygen Pavilion. The designer was inspired by the concept of symbiosis to create a futuristic oxygen bar called the Chlorella Pavillion which would allow tired people to enter, relax, and fill up on energizing, oxygen-rich air.

Algaevator urban revitalization, by Jie Zhang

Algaevator urban revitalization, by Jie Zhang

Mr. Miklosi proposes piping living algae through the structure to create a swirling “algae fountain” throughout the exterior and interior of the space. Like all photosynthesizing organisms, algae naturally consume CO2 and produce oxygen through respiration. Humans relaxing (and breathing) in the space would give the algae the CO2 it needs to survive, and, in turn, the algae would give Chlorella Pavilion visitors an extra oxygen boost.

Honorable mentions included the Algaevator, conceived by Jie Zhang, which inserts an algae farm into a weather-tight, transparent and lightweight roofing system that can be used in abandoned buildings to help revitalize urban environments, as well as for various applications in consumer products and alternative fuels, says the designer.

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