Wacky Wednesday

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Lilypad – A floating Eco Town

Vincent Callebaut, a French-Belgian architect, has designed an ambitious escape for the more ecologically sensitive. Lilypad is a floating eco-town that can accommodate over 50,000 people. It is powered by renewable energy, and has a freshwater lagoon that collects and purifies rain water. Homes, offices, and malls fill the mountainous designs. The habitat is completely self sufficient but was designed with 3 ports for light commerce and necessary travel.

The international scientific community predicts that a temperature elevation of 1°C will lead to a water rise of 1 meter, resulting in massive land loss and the displacement of millions of people world wide. Vincent Callebaut is responding to this issue with his proposal, Lilypad, A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees.
Submarine view of aquaculture fields and biologic farms
Lilypad is touted by Callebaut as a prototypical auto-sufficient amphibious city… a tenable solution to the rising water levels. In addition to providing housing for those displaced by the transforming land/water relationships, Lilypad also produces sustainable energy for developed regions.

Entirely sustainable, Lilypad takes up the four main challenges launched by the The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in March 2008: climate, biodiversity, water and health. Lilypad is a true amphibian – half aquatic and half terrestrial city – able to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants and inviting the biodiversity to develop its fauna and flora around a central lagoon of soft water collecting and purifying the rain waters. This artificial lagoon is entirely immersed, ballasting the city. It enables inhabitants to live in the heart of the sub aquatic depths.

The multi functional program is based on three marinas and three mountains dedicated to work, shopping and entertainment. The 3 mountains are ecological niches, aquaculture fields and biologic corridors. These areas are covered by a stratum of planted housing in suspended gardens and crossed by a network of streets and alleyways with organic outline. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature, exploring new modes of cross-cultural aquatic living.

The floating structure are “branches” of the Ecopolis inspired by the highly ribbed leave of the giant lilypad of the Amazonia Victoria Regia. This is called Biomimicry, using nature’s models to design processes to solve human issues.

The double skin is made of polyester fibers covered by a layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) like an anatase which by reacting to the ultraviolet rays enable to absorb the atmospheric pollution by photocatalytic effect.

Lilypad reaches a positive energetic balance with zero carbon emission with the integration of many renewable energy sources (solar, thermal and photovoltaic energies, wind energy, hydraulic, tidal power station, osmotic energies, phytopurification, biomass), producing more energy than it consumes.

What’s next you might wonder? Whale Garden!

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