Typology: Public space for farming
Strategy: Desalination system to provide fresh water to cultivation modules
Jellyfish Barge is a closed ecosystem generating freshwater through a solar still which also provide
suitable conditions for cultivation. It’s an ecovessel able to sail waterways and seacoast and to connect communities promoting agricultural production, local sources and historical methods.
As a flexible and selfsufficient space, the structure is a laboratory about farming, biodiversity and water cycle, to develop awareness of ecological models and living systems.
Jellyfish Barge is an educational experiment to train people capacity to adapt to changing conditions,
an open source experience representing a model of multiple collaborations and a hub between
educators, artist and designers engaged in environmental issues. It is also a gate for alliances with community boards, government, businesses and individuals.
Jelly Fish Barge is built with recycled materials and low cost technologies, is in the shape of a jellyfish.
Within the geodesic greenhouse, a central organic cotton element is located, whose tentacles absorb
seawater through the combined effect of capillarity and vacuum produced by evaporation. When the cotton mass is dampened, the heat of the sun makes the water evaporate inside the dome. Afterwards the steam is driven with small fans to plastic tanks where condenses when in contact with the cooler surface.
|The fresh water produced by distillation irrigates the vegetable gardens on board. The Jellyfish Barge can be used both in the sea and in fouled rivers affected by metal and organic pollution. Jellyfish Barge is a nomadic agriculture ecosystem. It adapt to different environments and contribute to improve damaged conditions, as it may be applied to any environment: rural, suburban, or urban. Jean Cocteau said that “Art is science made clear”. Jellyfish Barge is a floating laboratory imitating a natural ecosystem including the hydrologic cycle and the process of rainwater formation. In our design, technology aims to be simple, friendly and immediately comprehensible.|
|Technology is just a human tool conceived to help men adapting and coexisting with nature. One of the goals of the project is to show that reused construction materials and easy technologies can produce efficient and safe structures and innovative imaginaries.|
Design team: Cristiana Favretto, Antonio Girardi
3D modeling and visualization: Nicola Barbisan