The seawater infrastructure is used as a starting point for this expansion strategy of Lusail, a town north of Doha, Qatar. The goal of the strategy is to create a self-supporting community of salt towns that can expand virtually indefinitely.
The starting point is the pump infrastructure providing water to seawater greenhouses. The water evaporates in the greenhouses and salt pans to grow crops and finally become salt. At the same time seawater is used to grow algae. The greenhouses provide a microclimate for native desert plants to grow in their proximity.
Traditional desert architecture and its natural climate regulation properties are often neglected in current quickly expanding desert cities. The salt towns are inspired by high density traditional desert communities with up to 250 capita per hectare. By using shade, colour, mass, humidity and wind as tools we can make the city climate much more bearable and greatly decrease the need for energy consuming airconditioning systems.
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