“LAGI 2016 comes to Southern California at an important time,” write Rob Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, co-founders of the Land Art Generator Initiative.[the_ad id=”1099″]
“The sustainable infrastructure that is required to meet California’s development goals and growing population will have a profound influence on the landscape. The Paris Climate Accord from COP 21 has united the world around a goal of 1.5–2° C, which will require a massive investment in clean energy infrastructure.”
For the competition, LAGI asked designers to include either an energy or drinking water component within their design, or both. Canada’s Khalili Engineers designed an electromagnetic desalination device that is powered by solar power.[the_ad id=”1099″]
To align with LAGI’s environmental and social crusade, keeping both the public art and educational aspects, The Pipe is a gorgeous design that allows for public interaction without any ugly or unpleasant side effects that are typically found with energy based infrastructure.
“Above, solar panels provide power to pump seawater through an electromagnetic filtration process below the pool deck, quietly providing the salt bath with its healing water and the city with clean drinking water,” the design team included in their brief. “The Pipe represents a change in the future of water.”[the_ad id=”1099″]
According to Khalili Engineers, their design, visible from the Santa Monica Pier, is capable of generating 10,000 MWh every year, which will power the production of 4.5 billion liters (1.5 billion gallons) of drinking Water. Given the regular drought problem throughout California, an urban micro generation such as these could lower the reliance on traditional utilities and help scale production for the ever increasing demand.
“What results are two products: pure drinkable water that is directed into the city’s primary water piping grid, and clear water with twelve percent salinity. The drinking water is piped to shore, while the salt water supplies the thermal baths before it is redirected back to the ocean through a smart release system, mitigating most of the usual problems associated with returning brine water to the sea.”
The winners of LAGI 2016 will be announced on October 6, 2016 at Greenbuild 2016.
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