Welcome to our blog for our latest project as Deepwater Waste Management. This site chronicles our progress through our final architecture studio at PennDesign, under the guidance of Winka Dubbledam. The premise of the course was split into two halves. First, we were asked to dream up a solution for the collection of the millions of tons of tiny, plastic particles floating within the Pacific, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Our solution involves a network of Sensors Buoys, scattered within the Patch, relaying information for the deployment of our Whirlpool Agents; a system of robots able to combine and swim to the targeted plastic and generate micro-currents to further densify the particles. Through this high pressure system, the plastic is vacuumed down for the journey to the second half of our project, the Deepwater Island Habitat. Our design for this floating, artificial island proposes a unique environment loaded with clean-energy systems. This includes a plant for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion and a “Spike” building skin that rhythmically adapts to the local ecology while absorbing wind and solar energies. We have designed a plastics silo for docking the agents where they will deposit the plastic to the submerged factory for recycling and reuse as an innovative architectural building material, embedded with biodegradable matter, highlighting the many fantastic properties of plastic. In addition, our proposal includes research labs, an eco-hotel, amphitheaters, docks, pools and other activities harnessing the unique qualities of a life adrift, as it draws scientists, artists, and adventurists alike through the pressing issues of cleaning, enjoying, and learning from our Oceans.
Tia + Mark
Special Thanks to the many Researchers across the globe for helping to develop our vision: Win Burleson, Mathias Mitteregger, Ebru Kurbak, and Isabella Hinterleitner. Also, thanks to Winka Dubbledam, Todd Costain, and to our classmates.