The Earth Awards Announce Their Winner

By Brian O' Hanlon

Few people have come to grips with the projections that our world’s ocean fish supply will collapse by 2048 or sooner, but it's true. Brian O’Hanlon’s vision, realized by Open Blue Sea Farms, is a method to solve this crisis safely and sustainably, creating healthy and nutritious food and jobs throughout our world.

Open Blue Sea Farms is a pioneer in deep open ocean aquaculture development. We call it “The Open Blue Revolution”. Open Blue farms seafood far from shore into the open ocean where strong currents and deep water support the biomass without impacting sensitive ecosystems. This translates to environmental and social impacts reduced or eliminated, stakeholder impacts are avoided, energy consumption is reduced, and coastal conditions are improved along with a sustainable supply of healthy and safe seafood. Open Blue technology can also be transferred to other countries and climates to produce other species of fish for new and existing markets, locating farms closer to major markets, reducing transportation energy needs, creating locally farmed seafood products while training and employing local work force teams.

By Tom Sieu, Mary Scott

The R3 project investigates the need for better products and less waste...Within our project, each student evaluates the lifecycle of a product and looks for new design opportunities throughout the course of a semester. They apply a sustainable approach to redesigning the product using the 3 Rs (Recycle/ Reuse/Reclaim) as a strategy for reinvention.

Through this process they are able to better understand the value of a product and how it can be improved upon at every stage of its lifecycle. Examining how products are made, what they are made of and what happens to them once their immediate usefulness has expired can change the value of a product. This is the core idea of cradle-to-cradle. Each student product redesign incorporates ideas for new or more affective materials, energy efficiencies and ergonomic design as ways for increasing its value and longevity in the marketplace.

By Amanda Jones, James Brown

The Reverse Osmosis Sanitation System (ROSS) the highest specification product in a patented range of water transport, sanitation and storage devices designed and developed by Red Button Design Ltd for use by individuals across the developing world.

The unit is pushed to the nearest source of surface water where the 50 litre tank is filled and then rolled back to the community. Meanwhile, the rotation of the wheels drives a filtration system so that once the user has returned to the community the water dispensed is sanitised and safe to drink. Currently the average individual living in Sub-Saharan Africa has to walk 6km to find safe drinking water from a pump and can only carry around 10-15 litres back per trip. Because the ROSS can sanitise the collected water, a family could use their nearest water source, lake or waterhole which is on average just 1.2 km away.

By Young Duk Song, Yang Yoon Sun, Kim Ga Ye

Energy Prepayment System… Similar to the mobile SIM card, the subscriber can recharge the electricity for their homes by simply recharging the precharge card at the nearest bank or convenient store. Electricity can only be used for the precharged amount, therefore electricity will go out unless it's recharged on time. The unnecessary plug in your outlet causes waste of energy and leads to faster consumption of energy on the precharge card. Thus people will become more alert with the amount of energy they are consuming and eventually lead to energy saving. As a result we can reduce CO2 that caused by waste of energy.

And the Winner Is...

FAB.REcology, which combines the principals of biomimicking with the design and construction of built environments, and dreamed up by Neri Oxman was selected as the winner of The Earth Awards.

By Neri Oxman

FABREcology is a design technology innovation, re-thinking the relation between fabrication and ecology, which aims at reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment by offering a novel design fabrication technology that is able to produce lightweight materials with continuously varying mechanical properties. The method and its technological implications will promote significant reductions of a building’s skin dead loads relative to its probabilistic load and thus reduce its energy input. The fundamental concept is a first-generation rapid manufacturing tool for depositing material with gradually varying physical properties such as density or elasticity per unit volume. In building scales this method offers construction without assemblies such that material properties vary locally to accommodate for structural and environmental fitness requirements.

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