Algae Transforming Landscapes

What are ten ways algae can transform landscapes and environments? Here are visions and plans for cleaning up polluted landscapes, restoring and regenerating natural environments, transforming and greening urban landscapes- all using algae – the base of life on our planet.


[Infra]Structural Algae Ecology for Taipei, Taiwan.
Aleksandrina Rizova & Richard Beckett. 1161.

Rain-water will be harvested through the porous urban fabric and recycled for horizontal and vertical farming. Algal photo-bioreactor towers will collect CO2 from vehicles and buildings. Horizontal layers of hydroponics systems will provide food for the city.


The Wilderness Catalyst, Czech Republic.
Collaborative Collective: M. Davidová, K. Hanzlík, M. Dlouhá, M. Krejík, J. Zatlukajová. 1130.

Wilderness Catalyst is a vessel for cultivation and spreading of cyanobacteria over devastated landscapes, such as brown coal basins in Czech Republic. Nostoc species can survive these conditions, absorb soil toxicity, and be the catalyst for further succession of new life.


Shoreline regeneration by algae cultivation in Cigu, Taiwan.
Yen Chang Huang. 1148.

A Sinking Shore Story. Historically, Taijiang Inland Sea was surrounded by seven offshore sandbanks, home to thousands of fishing boats. Now lagoon and sandbanks are disappearing. Algae is the base of the coastal food chain and is needed to build an new shoreline ecosystem.


Algae Energy Exhibition Park, Jingzhou, Hubei, China.
Chen Jie & Gong Ying. 1159.

The site along the Hanjiang river was a coal-fired power plant, with coal ash covering 50% of the whole area, severely impacting air, land and water quality. The design of the algae energy park is to provide the public a comfortable park and popularize alternative energy technology.


The Green Pit.
Hannes Maier. 1166.

Many former coal mines in Germany are abandoned and flooded. This approach is to flood pit mines to use them as cultivated areas for microalgae. The “Green Pit” Pavilion represents past, present and future and consists of an oversized bio-reactor for micro-algae.


Urban Algae Culture in Gangxiacun, Shenzhen China.
Kady, Wong Hoi Kei & Kate, Lau Hoi Ying & Perry Li. 1171.

The Urban River from waste to source. Masterplan for an urban village of 20,000 people in Shenzhen city of 14 million people. Redesign with an elevated urban river roofscape, greening with modular algae units for waste treatment and fuel production, urban farming, community space.


Algal Urbanism: 50 Year Master Plan for Alameda Air Base.
Olga Kozachek, Erin Avera, Audrey Galo. 1177.

Decommissioned since the 1970s, polluted and mostly abandoned, the redevelopment of this site on San Francisco Bay includes remediation of habitat and wetlands, infrastructure, tunnels and towers to sustain re-population and algae production for biofuel.


ECO2 Systems- Algaegardens in the old salt works of Cadiz, Spain.
Melanie Hammer. 1178.

In the unused salt works, algae is combined with crops of salt, farmed fish and saline agriculture for algae biofuel and hydrogen, food, building materials, bioplastics, dyes, pigments, medicine, cosmetics and fertilizer. Microalgae farms are air filters and macroalgae farms are water filters.


Echoes of an Ecos: A New Marshscape in Mumbai, India.
Anshu K.Choudhri. 1150.

From algae incubators to biofilters, a living machine: a hybrid algaescape in Mumbai’s marshes, a connecting tissue between the urban fabric and the ecological mesh of a marsh. Ecology and urbanization pirouette around each other in an intellectual ballet.


A Crude Island: Transformation of Inglewood Oil Fields, Los Angeles.
Jason Immaraju. 1140.

Radically shift this 950 acre oilfield barren landscape into a new Los Angeles Central Park. Step 1- disassemble oil based infrastructure. Step 2- reconfigure for algae biofuel production. Step 3- use biofuel to run cultivation system to restore the original biodiversity.

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02-1130Wilderness10 thumbnail
03-1148Shoreline10 thumbnail
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05-1166GreenPit10 thumbnail
06-1171UrbanRiver10 thumbnail
07-1177Alameda10 thumbnail
08-1178ECO2Gardens10 thumbnail
09-1150Mumbai10 thumbnail
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Algae members Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards are the creators and developers of this International Algae Competition. Their purpose is to expand and share a vision for algae in our future and create an open source algae community and collaboratory.