Παρασκευή, 22 Απριλίου 2011

No Land in Sight - A thesis by Ruben Constanço on creating a self sustainable environment on a house boat

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This conscientious yet meticulously thought out notion could truly be a dream come true for the bevy of ‘closet’ marine adventurers. The ingenious idea calls for a self sustainable houseboat, whose occupants can roam and travel around the world (provided they have flexible jobs). The innovative features of the boat are to be incorporated at such a high level, so that it can sustain them for a period of more than 3 months without any outside help.
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According to designer Ruben Constanço, the boat should only constitute of components that allude to the basic needs of the occupants. And in a righteous bid to provide that, he came up with a hydrofoil (liquid-based structure that provides lift), kite sailboat, whose uniquely ultimate form was defined by the fusion of shapes of exotic marine animals like manta rays and hammerhead sharks and the silent demeanor of secretive crafts. The kite shape itself will provide for better comfort as well as greater controls.
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But it’s not only about visual aesthetics, as the houseboat will incorporate a plethora of profusely ‘green’ features. Renewable energies like solar and wind will cater to different on-board systems. An advanced retractable vertical wind turbine will infuse power for a mechanical-vapor-compression desalination system, which in turn will produce drinkable water. The wind from the turbine will also help in aeration for enhancing the speed of biological waste breakdown managed by a compost reservoir. This frees up to 4 times more space than used by conventional waste reservoirs. Moreover the combined electrical system (solar and wind) will contribute to heating during colder seasons.
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And lastly in an adroit move, the designer also plans to have a sustainable hydroponic garden inside the boat. It can accentuate upon the remaining provisions, by production of ‘boat-grown’ vegetables. The clean water from the desalination system can be used for cultivation.
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Source: Behance

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