Architecture from Algae

How can public works projects be reimagined and redefined for the country’s future?

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This was the question posed by WPA 2.0, a design competition sponsored by the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design think tank CityLAB.  The winning entry, designed by PORT Architecture + Urbanism, explores the possibility of turning CO2 into a resource rather than a waste product.  They propose algae pontoons that “would attract carbon dioxide from cars and other vehicles and use them in bio-fuel production, and the areas containing the algae would be turned into a vast urban park that included wetlands, aquatic and avian habitats and recreational facilities like bike lanes and promenades. The proposal included a plan for implementation as a ‘algal-architecture’ corridor that follows the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel between Brooklyn, Governors Island, and Manhattan, along a route that the city’s famous development czar Robert Moses proposed for cars in 1936.”

Not quite sure how they would accomplish this?  Watch this video.

Or check out this slide show, courtesy of Port Architecture + Urbanism:

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