The current condition of the world’s cities is one of growing urban populations, resulting in diminishing open space and an unprecedented need for alternative fuels. The city of Mumbai, the best example of a city with an extreme deficiency in open space, has a population of nearly 14 million and offers less than two square meters of open space per capita. Tokyo and New York are not far behind. This project confronts the growing lack of open space, and need for alternative forms of energy production by providing a single space for both public recreation, and urban kelp farming.
To do this, the project looks to the waterways surrounding cities (using New York City as a prototype). The project proposes space which is developed not as a static passive recreational park, but one that can actively assist and benefit from energy production. Alongside activities such as bird watching, fishing, and general recreation, kelp is grown and harvested to produce bio-fuel. Employing a special growing apparatus, the early growth stages take advantage of the calm waters ideal for public park space before the kelp is shipped to high quantity ocean farms. Inversely, the recreation spaces takes advantage of the unique landscapes and experiences provided by the kelp farms, as well as the wildlife (birds, fish, etc.) that these farms attract