T H E S A L T P R O J E C T
BUILDING WITH SEAWATER IN THE DESERT
COME VISIT US
AT THE INNOVATION EXPO AND FAB CITY CAMPUS
The Salt Project is a biomimetic attempt to create architecture using seawater in the desert. By using locally available resources we can grow plants and create architecture without producing waste.
The United Nations consider desertification the ‘greatest threat to our planet’ (The Guardian, 2010). Every minute of every day 23 hectares of arable land are lost to encroaching deserts, leading to a staggering number of 12 million hectares of land lost every year. 52% of the world’s land used for agriculture is affected – leading to problems for 1.5 billion people world wide. In the meantime the global population is ever increasing to an expected 9 billion in 2048 (UN World Population Prospects), meaning higher demand for food and the threat of an even quicker degradation of our soils due to exhaustion.
This project is a biomimetic attempt to utilize locally available resources in order to create a scalable solution to combat desertification that is able to grow organically whilst providing a valuable addition to the existing ecosystem. The premise is to pump up seawater to arid areas and use the sun’s energy to distill the valuable frµesh water in greenhouses. The resulting salt is then turned into a building material and used for construction, creating a ‘closed ecosystem’ with no waste.
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Formally educated as an architect at the TU Delft, now looking to change the world through sustainable innovation.