Two men build a floating "Fatberg" in Amsterdam

March 9, 2018 by  
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Friends Mike Thompson and Arne Hendriks have created a floating island made of fat, a “ Fatberg ” as they call it. With a current weight of over a metric ton, the car-sized Fatberg began as one drop of fat in a glass of water in 2014. Today, the Amsterdam sight is one to behold, and Thompson and Hendriks hope to someday pull it to the North Pole. Why? The Fatberg is part art-project, part political-statement, part ridiculous-human-experiment. “Basically we’re doing this because fat is a very interesting material—it’s probably the most iconic material of time,” Hendriks told Gizmodo . “It’s organic, but it speaks about energy. It speaks about health. It speaks about over-consumption. It speaks about beauty.” The Fatberg in Amsterdam is not related to the fatberg discovered clogging the sewers beneath the streets of London in 2013. London’s fatberg was a product of improper waste disposal, with fat and grease congealing in the underworld. Amsterdam’s Fatberg is a deliberate creation, composed of various animal and plant-based fats. Its creators hope to someday add human fat, sourced from post-liposuction donations, though this remains an artist’s dream at the moment. Related: Boston man crosses harbor in a pumpkin boat To create the Fatberg, Thompson and Hendriks cut their collected solid fat, boil it into a sludge, then pour it on their creation, which floats at its own dock. Although it is not yet strong enough to carry a human, it does seem to have provided a habitat and food source for seagulls. To this end, Thompson sees the Fatberg as serving a practical purpose. “We’re talking about a floating energy reserve,” Thompson said. “We can maybe replace these melting icebergs with this floating energy reserve that allows us to store energy for times ahead. Because who knows what the future holds.” Via Gizmodo Images via Fatberg

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Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands

April 10, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial island , Daylighting , eco design , glazing , green design , IJburg Villa , manmade island , Marc Prosman Architecten , natural light , pine , shade , sustainable design , timber        

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Floating Archipelago of Self-Sufficient Man-Made Islands Wins 2012 Odebrecht Award

October 29, 2012 by  
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The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development awarded Rice University students Joanna Luo, Weijia Song, and Alexander Yuen, with advising professor Neeraj Bhatia, the top prize for the most innovative sustainable architectural, chemical, or engineering idea. Their winning concept presents a bold solution for increasingly scarce natural fuels – a 600 km chain of man-made islands supporting a population of 50,000, crops, and schools. The islands leave no environmental footprint when removed. The top prize grants $40,000 in cash to the students, advising professor and university. In addition, the students receive admission to the process to become an Odebrecht Young Partner or Braskem Associate, highly competitive trainee programs with the global leaders. + Petropia + Odebrecht Award The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alexander Yuen , artificial island , floating buildings , floating frontiers , Green Building , green design , Joanna Luo , odebrecht award for sustainable development , petropia , petropolis , rice university , sustainable archtitecture , sustainable design , Weijia Song

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Aerial Photos Reveal That Dubai Is Building a Series of Dubai-Shaped Islands Off the Coast of Dubai

April 1, 2012 by  
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One might think that emirs of Dubai would learn from their past mistakes after Dubai’s artificial ‘The World’ archipelago surrendered its sands to the sea , but sinking islands and rising tides have yet to flag the Arab emirate’s ambitions of world building . Aerial photographs recently revealed that Dubai has been hard at work creating a new island – one shaped exactly like Dubai’s city center, but 1/3 the size. That’s not all – closer inspection of the photos shows that a smaller island shaped like Dubai is located off the coast of that island, and an even smaller Dubai-shaped island lies off the coast of that one! Read the rest of Aerial Photos Reveal That Dubai Is Building a Series of Dubai-Shaped Islands Off the Coast of Dubai Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “april fools” , aerial photos reveal new dubai islands , Architecture , artificial island , burj khalifa , dubai , dubai island , Dubaisland , global warming , man-made island , satellite photos reveal new dubai islands , sinking islands , uae , united arab emirates

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

August 10, 2011 by  
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What do you do with a “severely impaired” body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species ?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands! In an effort to improve water conditions and restore natural habitats, the American Society of Landscape Architects has designed a series of seven  floating islands (aka floating treatment wetlands). The  islands , which mimic native wetlands, are constructed from non-toxic, post-consumer recycled plastics and then injected with inert polyurethane foam (the kind of stuff found in Memory Foam mattresses) for buoyancy. Read the rest of Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae blooms , American Society of Landscape Architects , artificial island , ASLA , ASLA-MN , Climate Change , CO2 , contamination , eco design , eco habitat , eco-conscious , eco-friendly , Environment , environmental design , Floating Island , floating islands , floating treatment wetlands , green design , green infrastructure , green living , infrastructure , Minnesota , native species , natural habitat , nitrates , pH , polyurethane foam , Recycled Plastic , spring lake , sustainable design , sustainable living , water quality

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