LilyPOD: A Nexus of Floating Inhabitable Eco-Islands


Name: Muhamad Naqshbandi

Nationality: Kurdish American

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Name: Aaron Danko

Nationality: American

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Name: Jason Tran

Nationality: Vietnamese American

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For centuries, public space has played a fundamental role in the social, economic, and physical development of cities and towns alike. As the value of urban land continues to rise in contemporary society, a new type of public space emerges, one that steps onto the water— the LilyPOD. As a visionary urban design intervention, the LilyPOD produces a new generation of public spaces dedicated to user interaction with the natural environment. Drawing inspiration from nature— specifically the lily pad— this project utilizes biomimicry as a design tool. The LilyPOD consists of three primary components: a curvilinear eco-park above water, a stemmed central core dedicated to user interaction with plant and marine life reaching into the depths of the water below, and finally, a series of leaf-like vegetative rings that stimulate the cleansing of polluted waters and the production of regenerative marine habitats. These three components work collaboratively to produce a dynamic type of public space that reaches both above and below the water surface while positively impacting the natural environment. While nestled within bodies of water spanning across the globe, the LilyPOD responsively addresses a multitude of urban dilemmas to construct a better city of tomorrow.


#Sustainable Impact #Resilient Infrastructure #Regenerative Design #Public Space on Water #Biomimicry

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