SeaOasis: floating aquaculture for smallholders' global food security
After thousands of years of evolution, humankind has achieved a stage of civilization where many people take it for granted to enjoy strawberries in the wintertime, drink water from the other side of the globe, and fly around the world (if effective vaccinations against threatening viruses are available).
Unfortunately, this quality of life is often achieved at the expense of others suffering from starvation, water shortage, or environmental pollution. This fatal unbalance will likely increase due to a constantly growing population.
The problem of ensuring food security and production at sufficient levels to support future populations is among the key challenges for the 2050 horizon. Considering the combined effects of population growth, soil degradation due to climate change as well as limited available agricultural land, sustainable, and holistic approaches and design solutions must be explored.
The SeaOasis is an experimental design response aimed at tackling the challenge of increasing food security through sustainable design. Problems and opportunities relating to current food supply were analyzed to formulate a specific design brief.
The brief aimed to identify key research directions that could support the improvement and sustainable future growth of current food systems through targeted design interventions and innovation.
The basic hypotheses of utilizing water surfaces to expand agricultural land, tailoring design solutions to smallhold farming and hybridizing traditional and industrial sustainable farming technologies derived from the brief were further applied to develop a practical design for a novel aqua-farming system: SeaOasis.
Appraised in terms of potential implementation locations and scale as well as economic feasibility, the SeaOasis provides a potent example for an economically viable, scalable modular solution, with potential applications in a variety of locations across the globe.
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