A Toxic Relationship


Personal Info

Name: Hao Lee

Nationality: Taiwan

Institution / Company: National Cheng Kung University

Instagram: charcoalsheep


Name: YenTing Yeh

Nationality: Taiwan

Institution / Company: National Cheng Kung University

Instagram: yenting1129


-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Landscape


Rising sea levels have flooded Taipei. Buildings and infrastructure were left behind as locals relocated to rural high grounds. While the city broke down, algae slowly crept over the horizon.

Before the tides swamped the city, its residents produced over 900,000 tons of sewage water every day, spreading beneath the surface through 2,700 kilometres of sewerage. With untreated wastewater trapped within the city, the metropolis had become a haven for algae’s malign growth. As towering high-rises became humble islands, elevated highways reduced to floundering causeways, the suffocating growth showed no signs of slackening. There was no way to restore the capital. Thus, the ultimate question remains: how do we tame this virulent city?

As an adaptive mechanism, the Algal Rig takes advantage of the urban dead zones, transforming them into renewable farmlands. Mounted on both sides of the rig, the Pumphouse reaches beneath the sea surface, moving wastewater towards the Processing Network. After arriving at the network, the crew injects the siphoned broth inside algae-based membranes, preparing for deployment. While the harvesting arms located in the front collect fully-grown algae units, the posterior members deploy fresh ones back to the framework as the rig advances on the highway. After collecting the fully grown algae panels, the Processing Network then dries up the algae and grinds them into powder form. 

On an average of six months, the voyaging platform extracts and transports green goods from flooded grounds to the highlands, patrolling and suppressing the toxic overgrowth.


Project Type: Factory, energy plant







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