Floating Jellyfish Lodges Grow Food and Combat Pollution
Human settlements have always been built alongside waterways, or at least, as close as possible to a water source. It’s no surprise then that many of the most developed cities today are found either on the coast or on major rivers. And as you may have expected, these waterways are now polluted. The floating Jellyfish Lodges, designed by Janine Hung for Inhabitat’s Biodesign Competition, can help combat this plight by making use of its many innovative perks.
For starters, the Jellyfish Lodges look exactly like, you guessed it; a jellyfish. But in any case, it is a solar-powered structure which floats on the surface and has the capability to act as an aquaponic garden, home to 4 species of fish. Besides these fish, the Jellyfish Lodge can also grow lettuce, basil, oregano and other such plants.
But besides acting as a floating farm, it can also trap garbage flowing downriver by making use of its submerged tentacles. The lodge will also test the water’s toxicity levels and purify the water passing through its round microbial chambers. This clean, drinkable water is either pumped back into the river or stored for its own use for plants of fish.
These floating farms can act as homes for people tending to them. They are equipped with living area, private quarters, kitchen, and everything one would need for comfort. Though it didn’t win the contest per se, the Jellyfish Lodge was given an honorable mention. The design brings forth one of the biggest problems humanity is facing and how to elegantly solve it. Not only do they help with the tremendous strain we place on the ocean fisheries, the increasing fresh water scarcity, as well as providing with a renewable food source.
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