︎ Creator: Alex Le        
︎ Supervisor: Peter Yeadon

How can the production of materials become sustainable, circular, scalable, and affordable?

In response to this question, Alex Le proposed focusing on the production of seaweed and algae/kelp, which are fast-growing organisms that have a variety of biomaterial applications. In his design, not only is the process of growing these organisms incredibly cheap, efficient, and sustainable, but they also serve as natural carbon sinks.

Additionally, Le’s proposed farm utilizes a unique property of algae to remove up to 90% of salt from seawater through a terraced filtration system. Thus, it can desalinate water and the use that same water to grow other plants. This extremely passive, inexpensive biorefinery system provides fresh water to local communities and ecosystems, by design, allowing them to flourish. 

The design allows the farm to be developed on hillsides, valleys, and flat planes, making it very versatile. Furthermore, the farm can serve as a public park, educational center, and even a rental space for events such as weddings, corporate retreats, and conferences.

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