Self-Sustaining Urban Area Abode Chapeau

Hydroponic Greenhouse. Turns air we breath out into air we can breath in. Uses solar-powered turbines to pump this air. Converts (biodegradable) human waste into food for plants. Plants are edible by humans. Greenhouse creates condensation which is collected for aquarium-dwelling animals, also edible by humans and hamsters.

Beautiful green building helmets.

How this project would work, hypothetically, is by appointment. Go to your “clinic”, get a prescription, set up a meeting. Have your building evaluated, figure out the logistics of your space, and get ready to set up. Have what they refer to as, wonderfully, a “barn raising event.” And get yourself set up!

All the stuff needed to do this project can be bought relatively cheaply and can be constructed by a group of people without big machines. Urban agriculture, urban architecture.

They’ve made one 40% the size of the projected “real one.” It “works.”* Waste from one part of the system becomes fuel for another part of it. *It is a complex system, and it working in a real, “non-controlled environment,” would require constant maintenance and modification. Check out Cesar Harada below doing a sort of “test-run,” and notice how it is him who is hosting the video documentation.

How real today?

One of these fantastic hippies, Angel Borrego Cubero, says that he does not believe in altruism.

He says it is all about self-interest.

Survive!

Designer: Natalie Jeremijenko and Crew

Also see: NYU.EDU and UrbanSpaceStation.org


URBAN SPACE STATION Sofia, Madrid 2008 from cesar harada on Vimeo.

8 Comments

  • Aaron says:

    Very Cool!
    I like this idea =D

  • Luke says:

    I’m all for blending nature with architecture, but this is a bit far out of touch with reality.

    I mean, really. What are you supposed to accomplish by putting a gas mask and a diaper on some guy who’s then shoved into a bubble to lumber around and stroke plants?

    And what’s with the talk about this thing supposedly enriching air with oxygen and purifying it? You think a few scrawny plants being constantly groped by some lunatic in a diaper are somehow going to work like a HEPA filter and produce enough oxygen during the day to make a notable difference?

    What really floors me, though, is all the New Age babble coming out of the people running this project. This is supposed to take the place of legitimate healthcare? Seriously?

    Urgh, I’d better stop before I go off the deep end.

  • Jen says:

    It is not safe to eat food that has been grown in human sewage.

  • Agreed Luke. The biodome project shows that if you rely on plants for your oxygen, you suffocate. As conceptual art, I like this project. Hopefully it does create an icon for urban farming but I want to see someone make the effort to show what it looks like once scaled up to a functional size. How would it differ in other climates? Really work the calculations.

    You can use human sewage for fertilizer but you'd need to cook it in a furnace to kill harmful organisms. Where's their 500º furnace powered by solar panels?

  • Agreed Luke. The biodome project shows that if you rely on plants for your oxygen, you suffocate. As conceptual art, I like this project. Hopefully it does create an icon for urban farming but I want to see someone make the effort to show what it looks like once scaled up to a functional size. How would it differ in other climates? Really work the calculations.

    You can use human sewage for fertilizer but you'd need to cook it in a furnace to kill harmful organisms. Where's their 500 furnace powered by solar panels?

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