The world’s first self-sustained floating lounge, Aqua Pods

September 28, 2021 by  
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Aqua Pods, designed by Emirati-owned Aquatic Architects Design Studio (AADS) and produced by Innovative Marine Ventures (IMV), are the world’s first self-sustained multi-purpose floating lounge. The Aqua Pod AP EX1 model comes with a marine e-commerce application to provide consumers with personalized experiences and services. The pods can be used for leisure, entertainment, aquatic sports, tourism and retail off the coast and along the Dubai Water Canal shoreline. The AP EX1 model was designed to align with UAE’s Vision 2021, a multi-faceted initiative to improve the country. It aims to shift from oil as the nation’s primary income, to other means that are more efficient and eco-friendly. Related: Kiribati Floating Houses address rising waters and land limitations One of the six core components of the program is healthy environment and sustainable infrastructure . Aqua Pods aim to contribute to this venture, while taking a consumer-centric approach and exploring the concept of aquatic architecture. The sleek, floating modules are fully solar-powered to utilize the abundant desert sun, thus reducing greenhouse emissions. Additionally, to obtain fresh water, the pods contain a reverse osmosis water purification system to desalinate up to 100 liters of water daily without disposing the brine back into the sea. This is an optimal alternative to typical desalination systems in the Middle East that dump brine consisting of high concentrations of salt and chemical residues back in the ocean that threatens marine life, particularly when the dense solution sinks to the ocean floor Thanks to the multifunctional nature of the Aqua Pod, it is benefits the economy . It can be used for a multitude of activities and serve various industries to bridge on- and off-shore services. The design team has been insistent on creating an integrated commercial marine ecosystem to pioneer the future of floating retail, tourism, leisure and logistics. The floating developments can offer personalized experiences for events, water sports and tourism within the traditional and modern waterways of Dubai . The self-sustained AP EX1s can also be adapted to provide medical ambulatory services or deliveries along the canal, serve as recharge stations for marine vehicles and house cultivation systems such as hydroponics . In fact, the 45 sqm Aqua Pod EX1 model can even be expanded by 25 percent to suit the needs of the customers. AADS and IMV explore floating structures as a means of adapting to rising sea levels and climate change. The AADS team hopes that their projects will spark conversations on the necessity of urban floating developments in coastal regions and to prepare for the inevitable increase in water levels and diminishing coastline . Not only will this approach create resilient cities, but will support progressive, flexible economies around the world. + AADS Images via AADS

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These African farmers carved an important message to the world – into the soil

July 20, 2017 by  
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Most people in Western countries reflect on Africa as a continent in which poverty is rife and economic opportunities are lacking. While this may be true in some cases, it’s a fixable problem. This is the message a group of farmers and villagers in Zambia seeks to share with the world – in the most unusual way. They spent 5 days last December carving data into a field to demonstrate that African farmers can enjoy independence too. The series of graphs in the soil, called the Field Report, outlined key data revealing why investment in agriculture is essential. At present, an increasing amount of young people are moving away from rural communities to urban locations in the prospect of a job. This is a problem, as Africa presently has a quarter of the world’s arable land yet only produces 10 percent of the world’s food. If action is not taken, a food shortage beyond what we’ve already witnessed is imminent. The farmers drew attention to this fact with a giant “11”, pointing out that agriculture is 11 times more effective at reducing extreme poverty than other sectors. Gilbert Houngbo, president of IFAD, which has support from the UN, said: “The Field Report makes the case for investment in agricultural development in the very land that needs it the most. We were inspired by the sheer power and potential land holds to reduce poverty and hunger, contribute to vibrant, self-sustaining communities and dramatically increase agricultural outputs capable of feeding a growing population.” As FastCompany reports, four-fifths of the world’s poorest people live in rural locations and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. If the initiative is taken to improve production and access to markets, families can increase their incomes while at the same time offering more food to society. Related: The Great Green Wall of Africa could fight desertification and poverty Africa spends $35 billion importing food rather than growing all its population needs; with the right tools, its economy could be transformed. “Rising prices and demand hold tremendous promise for the people who work the world’s 500 million small farms to grow and sell more food, lifting themselves out of poverty and food insecurity ,” said Houngbo. “When connected to markets, smallholder farmers can generate an income and create a multiplier effect–sending their children to school and stimulating the economy in order to help lift their community out of poverty for the long term.” IFAD’s main argument is that investment is needed to improve productivity in rural locations and to connect young farmers with technologies that can “connect them with experts and the information needed to best grow food.” Reportedly, what young African need most is access to finance . Once this is accomplished, a new generation of “agripreneurs” can be fostered. Later this week, the Field Report will be presented at a sustainable development forum in New York City. + IFAD Via FastCompany Images via IFAD

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Black Barn is a self-sustaining, off-grid version of historical English architecture

July 7, 2016 by  
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The yet-completed home will feature a bevy of green elements. Charring timber , an ancient Japanese technique, is used to preserve the wood without chemicals. The dramatic line of the roof draws the eyes to its unique angle, which hovers above the wild meadows on a concrete foundation. Locally-sourced timber, aggregate, and flint will be used in the construction, paying homage to the natural landscape. Related: Author builds tiny solar-powered off grid cabin for under $2,000! The home will be equipped with a solar array, bio-diesel generator, and battery storage. On-site sewage treatment and water accessed through a borehole mean the home is completely off the grid . An orchard of fruit trees and vegetable gardens reduce the family’s food footprint in the 300 square meter home. Heating and cooling are simplified with the heavily insulated walls and roof, as well as a widely overhanging gable over the balcony. A southern-located concrete slab absorbs heat during the day and disperses it throughout the space as the indoors become cooler. The barn is a perfect home for a family who loves the countryside , history and architecture as much as living in an environmentally conscious manner. +Studio Bark Via ArchDaily Images via Studio Bark

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Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

November 2, 2011 by  
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Chinese Scientists Create Human Blood Protein From Grains of Rice

November 2, 2011 by  
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Researchers in China have found a way to extract an essential human blood protein from grains of rice, and development of the procedure could help with lessening blood shortages around the world. The blood protein in question is called human serum albumin (HSA), it is used to treat burns, traumatic shock and liver disease. Generally the protein is extracted from blood donations but if it were to come from rice, those blood donations would be left for patients who need whole transfusions and not just the protein. In China especially, where blood shortages are an ever growing concern, this development could save lives. Read the rest of Chinese Scientists Create Human Blood Protein From Grains of Rice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial blood , blood donation , blood donation resources , blood protein , blood shortage , health technologies , Red Cross

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