Sustainable – During lockdown, Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto of London-based architecture and research firm ecoLogicStudio and their two children, Giacomo and Lulu, joined an algae cultivation schooling workshop focusing on the collection of data on air pollution. “The kids loved harvesting Spirulina algae. We made vegetable protein bread every week with it now,” says Claudia Pasquero.
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Following this experiment, ecoLogicStudio decided to develop the concept further and to create a minimal kit for indoor cultivation that includes the BioBombola, a harvesting kit for simple collection of fresh Spirulina ready to be consumed, a nutrients bag and a starter batch of Spirulina cells. “BioBombola absorbs carbon dioxide and oxygenates homes more effectively than common domestic plants while fostering a fulfilling daily interaction with nature.”
“We believe that this product will contribute to re-design some of the logic that led us to the current health crisis. If we, collectively, transform air pollutants into highly nutritious aliments there will be fewer opportunities for viruses to exploit unsustainable food supply chains and for polluted atmospheres to reach and attach to us.” say Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto.
Each BioBombola is composed of a single customized photo-bioreactor, a one metre tall lab grade glass container, filled with 15 litres of living photosynthetic Spirulina strain and culture medium with nutrients. The kit also includes an air piping system and a small air-pump that constantly stirs the medium. The gentle bubbling keeps the algae afloat, aids oxygenation and produces a calming sound that emanates with the fresh oxygen in the surrounding environment.
The photo-bioreactor absorbs the equivalent of two young trees in CO2 while producing the same amount of oxygen as seven indoor plants.The harvest is a simple and entertaining process that can beperformed several times per week, collecting up to a table spoon of Spirulina per day, which is the daily recommended intake for a family of four.
BioBombola can be easily assembled and dismantled, with zero waste, during the production, assembly and dismantling phases. The photo-bioreactor adapts to any environment and any ceiling height, and it should be installed in a spot with direct sunlight or next to a grow lamp.
BioBombola is part of Photo.Synth.Etica www.photosynthetica.co.uk, an ongoing research programme, started in 2018 and developed by ecoLogicStudio in partnership with the Urban Morphogenesis Lab BPROof The Bartlett UCL and the Synthetic Landscape Lab of the University of Innsbruck. In a recent collaboration with UNDP, ecoLogicStudio has been testing the potential of Artificial Intelligence to develop Deep Green, a new green planning interface.
The team is also currently working on a Photo.Synth.Etica curtain for post-pandemic adaptation of retail and commercial environment. Moreover, ecoLogicStudio has been selected by COS for a project for their flagship public art programme at the Milan Design Week and is continuing a partnership with the pharmaceutical industry for the development of urban health projects to improve polluted public realms.
All photos by ©NAARO, courtesy of ecoLogicStudio.
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