A Nation powered by Algae!
Chances are that you never have heard about the country of Liberland?
There is a tiny piece of land between Croatia and Serbia that doesn’t clearly belong to either country and a group of libertarians is hoping to build a micronation, called LIBERLAND. Liberland is a country self-proclaimed on April 13, 2015. Wikipedia goes on and describe the history of the nation and its struggle for recognition. The land is located on the western bank of the Danube river, in a no man’s land between Serbia and Croatia that was formed when engineers straightened the course of the Danube in the late 19th century.
Vit Jedlicka, a libertarian Czech politician who now serves as Liberland’s president wanted something different for the architecture of the country. So much that he called a design competition with the competition’s guidelines to be “radically creative, yet mature proposals for a fertile, high-density city-nation of the 21st century.”
The winning design for Liberland, is a self-sustaining, algae-powered cityscape in which horizontal layers can be built on top of existing ones as the country’s population grows. The proposal showcase a pedestrian-friendly design called Inverted Archaeology.
Basically, it allow a growing number of inhabitants with stackable horizontal structure and build the new country consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. This allow to save place as the entire country is only 3 square miles!
In the design, the bottom of each layer of the city would cultivate algae. These algae will then utilize sunlight energy using photosynthesis and store it in the form of oil. Biofuel could later be harvested and used to power the city.
All human, agricultural and organic waste of Liberland would also be converted into forms of biofuel, and buildings would incorporate photovoltaic and solar panels. Vertical gardens and green rooftops would be used to collect rainwater and grow food.
It’s a lofty goal, but that’s what the competition asked for.
Raya Ani, director of RAW-NYC, the architecture firm that created the winning design says: “I envisioned an intimate-scale city. The horizontal surface layer seemed to be the perfect home to grow algae that could power the city”
There is of course also solar power to help provide energy and a state of the art waste recycling system that will recycle all organic waste into biogas. Additional trash will be incinerated to create electricity.
“It’s a very walkable city where you could reach any point at a reasonable time whether you use the train or you walk,” says Ani.
The future is here and we love that it incorporates algae in our daily life. What do you think?