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Image: 3D impression new floating habitats constructed from marine litter
Marine litter is not easy to collect from the Ocean. One of the major difficulties is to get the plastics from the ocean water without harming marine life. The plastics, after being in the ocean for years, break into smaller fragments. Samples of these plastics are taken with small mesh sized nets that also catch organisms living in the ocean.
There are many wonderful examples of structures made from recycled plastic, but we still need to test the best recycling method for the plastics that have been floating in the Ocean. These plastics are affected by the salty water and the sun and have become a kind of their own.
Taking this project step by step the proposal is to design a small floating habitat from coastal pollution. Besides the marine litter, there are also huge quantities of plastics being deposited on coastlines.
Image: Coastal pollution, Dakar, Senegal
The realization of a prototype will physically prove our theory and will give us the opportunity to test the strength of the recycled plastics and will stimulate the further development of the project. In this the most suitable recycling techniques are considered. The prototype should be built from hollow building blocks made by recycling the plastic waste from coastlines. These hollow elements will be the components from which Recycled Island will be constructed. The prototype is a small version of an overall concept.
The typical components of the family home: shared space, private space, garden, and service spaces have new constraints imposed by their new littoral contexts, and so the organization of the components themselves is rethought. The recycled plastic creates the possibility of translucent materiality and more fluid connections between spaces.
The creation of the prototype will illustrate:
1: The potential of (sea) plastic recycling.
3. Sustainable and self-
The prototype can eventually be on display in any major (harbour) city.
1. Single family home.
2. Solar roof.
3. Agriculture for food. Use of compost (toilet).
4. Seaweed cultivation for food and fertilizer.
5. Blue energy from wave motion.
We will further design the prototype to be seaworthy and self-
Image: Section prototype
Principle section prototype:
1. Platform; Hollow blocks, covered with vegetation.
2. Balustrade; Hollow blocks, filled with soil
3. Roof, Blocks filled with none recyclable waste, covered with solar cells
4. External wall, Blocks filled with none recyclable waste, green façade
With the success of the prototype more sustainable and flood-
We need your support to further design and develop the prototype of Recycled Island. We already have a concept, a first sketch, contact with several plastic recyclers and are sharing our ideas and experiences with volunteers to collect the plastic from coastlines. The unique character of this project results in the interest of the worldwide press.
Image: 3D impression from the prototype at a coastline
Now we need to continue the design so that we can expand the contact with plastic recyclers effectively and start testing the realization of the prototype. The progress of the project can be followed on our website: www.recycledisland.com and on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Recycled-
The budget is required to have a complete design of the prototype in a little bit less than a year. For more information please see our website.
In the past years
Recycled Island started as a proposal to build a new floating habitat from marine litter in the North Pacific Gyre. This project came from my own personal interest in the possibility of habitats that respond to the rising sea level as well as in the recycled plastics, in particular, sea-
Image: Sketch design prototype Recycled Island
Recycled Island prototype
We need your support to further design and develop the prototype of Recycled Island. Recycled Island is a proposal for a floating habitat constructed from waste materials. As a building material, for the prototype, we see the potential in recycling coastal pollution. The budget is required to have a complete design of the prototype in a little bit less than a year. With the success of the prototype more sustainable and flood-
Call for support on Youtube: Recycled Island call for support
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Lecture Recycled island in Delft, the Netherlands
Recycled island is presented on the Kennisfestival in Delft on June 13th 2012.
Video presentation of Recycled island online.
Recycled Island collaboration in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Students of the Rotterdam University are exploring the potential of recycling the plastic pollution in the river the Maas to a new floating habitat. The project is a collaboration with the Rotterdam Municipality.
Marine litter is human-
Large parts of Rotterdam are below sea level. Floating habitats are climate proof and resistant to flood.
Image: Rotterdam and the Maas via Google Earth
RE:Villa; Temporarily design prototype floating villa
Together with a naval architect and a building engineer WHIM architecture is further developing the Recycled Island prototype of coastal pollution. The prototype is a floating house with surroundings. This floating villa is constructed from recycled plastic and self-
RE:Villa is a proposal for a floating habitat constructed from waste materials. As a building material we’ll recycle plastic coastal pollution. With the success of the prototype more sustainable and flood-
For more information please contact WHIM architecture via email@example.com
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Floating park of recycled plastic in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
WHIM architecture is exploring the potential of recycling the plastic pollution in the river the Maas to a new floating landscape.
Marine litter is human-
Large parts of Rotterdam are below sea level. Floating landscapes are climate proof and resistant to flood.
Image: First sketch Floating park of recycled plastic in Rotterdam
‘Good practice’ mentioning at the Eco-
Rising demand for a better environment has led to an expanding supply of environmentally friendly techniques, products and services in both the industrialised and developing countries. Europe’s first major drive to boost eco-
WHIM architecture has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces.
Image: Screenshot website http://ec.europa.eu/.
Support from the Creative industries fund NL.
The research to explore the potential of recycling the plastic pollution in the river the Maas to a new floating landscape is supported by the Creative industries fund NL. This support allows us to work more intensively on the project and to set up new collaborations to move this project towards realization. Within the project we are looking into the possibilities of creating a new floating park landscape with the recycled plastics as an important building material.
The Creative Industries Fund NL began operating on 1 January 2013. It operates within the context of the Dutch government’s culture policy and focuses on all the designing disciplines and on E-
Image: First sketch Floating park of recycled plastic in Rotterdam
Recycled Park Rotterdam in progress.
Recycled park is the proposal to retrieve plastic waste from the river the Nieuwe Maas just before it reaches the North Sea. The plastics are recycled to give new value to the river. Floating platforms are created from the plastics for a new green environment; a floating park.
Floating parks are a plus for the city of Rotterdam, but will also fulfill an ecological role in the river water. The building blocks are designed in such a way, that not only can grow nature on top, but in the water new life will have its sole for existence as well. The bottom of the platform will have a rough finishing where plants can have enough surface to grow and fish a place to leave their eggs.
More information on: http://recycledpark.com/
Image: Collage Recycled Park in Rotterdam WHIM architecture
Recycled Park Rotterdam starts
Recycled Park is the initiative to retrieve the plastic pollution from the New Meuse, just before it reaches the Sea. The retrieved plastic is recycled to give new value to the river. With the plastics we make floating blocks to form new nature landscapes; a floating park.
We are starting with the first retrieval of plastics. These plastics are analyzed and tested for best recycling technique. We want to proceed with the plastic retrieval and start with the creation of a prototype park.
We have found the budget to do the first plastic retrieval and to have the plastics sorted and analyzed by the Wageningen University.
We also want the Wageningen University to find the best recycle technique. For this we still need the additional funding and ask for your support.
You can contribute in finding the best recycle technique and the realization of the prototype by supporting us via:
Encouragement prize for Recycled Park Rotterdam
Recycled Park together with Drijvend Groen received the encouragment prize within the Water Innovation Prize 2014. The Unie van Waterschappen every year hands out the Water innovation prize to innovative water projects that can be implemted and result in dry feet, clean and sufficient water.