Waterpods: Is this the Future of Human Habitation?
The marine science has reached new heights with technology introducing waterpods as the newest ways to explore the marine resources. The name of these structures indicates their use. Waterpods are aimed at making perspective habitat options for humans especially considering the shrinking available land percentage.
These ‘pods’ will be comfortable, remote, movable and will possess an ability to mutate themselves with the incoming tides, for best results. The main idea behind waterpods is to provide innovative style of habitation that very much aims at making permanent residence redundant. It will be everything the planet needs right now- eco friendly, self sustainable and flexible, making it one of the most adaptive technologies of future.
Ideally, it will be designed to allow interactions with its immediate environment, allowing maximum collaboration between them. It is structured as a double domed island, made of materials that are mostly recycled like pieces from sunken vessels etc. It will have space for all sorts of human activities needed, including recreation, navigation, mapping, recording, recycling and even agriculture. The area is divided into separate spheres, with the outer sphere dedicated to art, research and workshops. The second sphere would provide place for agriculture, grey water recycling and power generation. The third sphere is dedicated to kitchen and shower while the fourth includes bedrooms. Idea of its sustainability can be judged from the fact that it is entirely powered by energy produced on the pod itself. Its unique means it can be easily moved to more secure locations in case of natural unfavorable conditions like hurricanes, high tides etc. The Waterpods have been constructed in compliance with coast guard safety instructions, along with necessary emergency drills carried out regularly for maximum training.
Besides making space for future habitation, idea of waterpods is also to revolutionize idea of recycling. Manufactured first at LIC community Boat house and later at GMD shipyard in Brooklyn Navy Yard, these structures have been constructed from recycled materials. Even the soil for growing is obtained by National Parks Service, with rest of the material having been donate3d from Materials for the Arts, the Parks Department, NY Wastematch, Special Projects Management and Sims Metal Management.
Another aspect of waterpod makes up for research component of it. Called the Archipelagos, this component is aimed at raising and meeting new and relevant issues regarding environmental safety and sustainability. It specifically aims at combining art’s insight with ecology’s scientific bend to make a system that is sustainable, even if unconventionally so. The pod has been tested by Lonny Grafman of Appropedia and his Humboldt State University Engineering class 215 who have been working to make this lofty project more and more practical. Making usable energy sources that produce in ‘pod’ energy has been the biggest challenge, for which several ideas have been suggested. Rain water purification, human powered energy sources and solar cooking are some of the most promising looking ideas.
The waterpod project is one of the most breakthrough works in environmental science. It combines marine principles with art and ecology like never before.