Currently, Marseille and Rotterdam largely depend on petroleum and gas industries. These energy sources are finite and will gradually be phased out of the current ports. How could this prospective vacant land be re-used sustainably?
Research on the feasibility of urban algae farming presents a vast range of benefits. Algae absorb CO2 to grow, are renewable and can be farmed in diverse water conditions. Algae applications are varied such as fuel, cosmetics, food, and construction materials. Despite the advantageous properties of algae, local implementations have been lagging behind on the advancing technologies. Currently, algae does not appeal to the masses.
These discoveries led us to our project challenge: branding algae as an attractive source for urban activities. Urbanizing Algae Phase 1 tackles this challenge locally and consists of a permanent ‘mother’ installation built into heritage buildings in Marseille and Rotterdam. We believe that interactive education fosters awareness about algae benefits and increases their popularity. Thus, these locations feature an interactive exhibition space which showcases the algae production process from farming to harvesting to product fabrication.
Alongside the ‘mother’ installation several modular ‘baby’ installations exist, promoting algae through food and material making workshops and lectures.
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