Aquastor

Use local resources to promote soil growth in desert areas and slow the advance of desertification.

Project Statement

20% of the earth’s land is desert, and 43% of the land is threatened by desertification.  AQUASTOR is desertification remediation vessels. AQUASTOR vessels can promote soil growth in desert areas and slow the advance of desertification. AQUASTOR will be placed on the edge of the desert in a triangular arrangement. Eventually, the AQUASTOR vessels will be completely degraded and turned into nutrients for the land.

Background

Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. While land degradation has occurred throughout history, the pace has accelerated, reaching 30 to 35 times the historical rate.

Concept

Use local resources and low-tech methods to produce AQUASTOR at low cost. The structure of my design that can block the movement of sand particles affected by natural wind and adjust the temperature difference to alleviate the further expansion of desertification.

Difference

My goal is not agricultural planting in desert areas, but avoid further expansion of the desertification and promote soil growth. The material use all local resources in desert area, leaf litter, stone particles, calcium carbonate, sand, sodium bentonite clay and sulfur substance.

Principle

Use structure to adjust the temperature difference and slow the advance of desertification. The temperature difference between the surface and the internal structure of my design is used to change the air pressure difference to create a thermal circulation and accumulate moisture.

Specification

The size of my design is 450mm*450mm*480mm. The height above the exposed ground line is 320mm. It can prevents the movement and expansion of sand particles affected by natural wind. These structures are arranged on the edge of the desert in a triangular manner at intervals of 1 meter by 1 meter.

SUSTAINABLE VISION AWARD

THE NEW SCHOOL

PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN

MFA INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

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