I’m sure many of you know there is quite a problem with plastic garbage in our oceans and are wondering what we as a society plan to do about it. Well, if architect Ramon Knoester has his way we’ll be turning it into a floating city somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii!
Whim Architecture, Knoester’s firm, was recently awarded a grant from the Netherlands Architecture Fund and has begun developing designs for a prototype of the Recycled Island. The prototype would sport a single family home and be completely sustainable with the aid of solar, wind and wave power. There will also be a farm setting to grow food and human waste would be used as a compost material. On top of that the plan also calls for seaweed cultivation which could provide more food and fertilizer for plants living on the island.
The single-family Recycled Island is just the beginning. With the amount of plastic trash floating around the Atlantic Knoester’s ultimate goal is to create a full size city with room for about 500,000 people! Just like the smaller prototype this full-fledged island city would be completely sustainable using the same solar, wind, and wave power to support the island inhabitants.
It sounds like a great idea, though Knoester admits it will take years to gather and melt enough plastic to create such a thing -- not to mention the actual construction time. Thankfully he doesn’t plan on giving up, which is great for us! Who wouldn’t want to live on a sustainable island city floating around in the middle of the ocean?