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Floating Ecologies and the Whale

Imagine, seas and rivers occupied with a population of meandering creatures, charged by sunlight and currents creating both man and wildlife mobile habitats, all cleaning our water bodies through bio-filtration.

Architect Vincent Callebaut proposes such an idea in the Physalia, a self-sufficient whale-shaped floating ecosystem which cleans water as it travels through bio-filtration. Inspired by the Physalia physalis jellyfish, the design is intended to by powered by photovoltaic panels and hydro-turbines.

Instantly several adaptations come to mind. Why not extend these concepts to other water-based transports. Slow-moving cargo ships and oil tanker transports are transformed into giant floating ecosystems, cleaning our water while maintaining their purpose. Giant cruise vessels transform from a system of excess and over-consumption to becoming floating utopian-esque tropical ecologies. More eco-tourism then Carnival cruise.


This even could be a prelude to a floating housing concept in response to the impending water level rise. Floating around like algae, our homes and neighborhoods in constant fluctuation, changing demographics and social order/hierarchy, your enemy one day could be your neighbor the next. All of this happening while intensely sucking carbon from the air.

+via Inhabitat

Reader Comments (3)

Completely inefficient. It's both inefficient to build and according to the article, "floats". ... good luck getting anywhere. Also, I would trust an engineer to not mix up their "Their" and "There".

"Slow-moving cargo ships and oil tanker transports are transformed into giant floating ecosystems, cleaning our water while maintaining there purpose."
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSen Lee

The purpose of the post has nothing to do with efficiency at this point. Ideas at their inception do not need to be completely utilitarian. What a boring world we'd live in if every thought went straight to efficiency.

This as an idea, a concept, a starting point to possibly something else. And it does "float", but is propelled by hydro-turbine engines powered by solar energy. So, conceptually, it could get somewhere.

Thanks for pointing out the spelling error. Corrected.
January 11, 2010 | Registered CommenterAdam E. Anderson
The design looks like two of the buildings of Calatrava in the City of the Arts and the Sciences (in Valencia) combined. Furthermore its funny that the above-mentioned buildings lay in an old riverbed and now this is put in a river.
The pictures and the idea is nice though.
January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEK

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