A concept that harmonizes Poetry and Science to purify urban water ecosystems
The Caravel is a sculptural urban intervention that cleans urban lakes and rivers and produces biomass that can serve as a feedstock for renewable fuels, fertilizers for organic agriculture and even to create bioplastics – to manufacture more Caravels.
The Caravel was designed in such way that, with its rotational movement, two main symbolisms are revealed:
- an iconic and caricature sailboat
- and a drop of water
The Brazilian Furf Design Studio teamed with M.Sc Bruno G. Libardoni, a young scientist specializing in environmental quality, to create a truly ecological, democratic and high-impact response.
Through algal bioremediation it is possible to treat, at a microscopic level, water pollution in large cities using a costless, renewable and natural resource, with a mitigated operational impact.
The Caravel enhances the application of this method in a simple, effective, scientific and poetic way.
A single Caravel (10m²) produces approximately 350g of dry algae (biomass) per day and has the potential of a daily removal of 10g of dissolved phosphorus in water, a key factor when promoting bioremediation.
Cleaner waters can improve the state of an entire environmental cycle, reduce energy consumption and cost on traditional water treatment facilities, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life of the population and wildlife.
More than raising a flag, their goal is to hoist sails. Not to discover new worlds, but to unveil a new consciousness over this one.
The Caravel is a result of a design approach upon a scientific base to create a process that can bring forth positive impacts to the Planet.
The Caravel project contributes to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
See also Confetti by Furf Design Studio.