Machine for Sustainable Living
Partner UdK Berlin
Valentina Karga, Graduiertenschule
Partner TU Berlin
With the project “Machine for Sustainable Living” I am investigating sustainability and self-sufficiency within the activities of daily life and the practice of the emerging DIY (do it yourself) culture. The project aims to self-production of all goods for contemporary living, such as electricity, biogas, food and biodiesel while collecting heat from the sun and rainwater. It also points in achieving a closed loop system. The design is flexible for application in global scale, adapting each time to local factors.
Benefit and target group
As the proposal aims to realization, the researcher has started building the DIY installations. A working space-lab for constructing and performing and finalizing all installations is necessary. The researcher gets help form DIY internet based communities but a possible collaboration with scientists and engineers to improve the systems could bring a higher scientific value to the project. A blog (www.berlinfarmlab.tumblr.com) with category/tag system is used as online lab to archive the data found on the web or recorded by the researcher himself. The blog is also the medium that connects the research with the global online communities of each particular topic. Simultaneously with the practical research, an architectural- theoretical research of applying the system in a city scale will be done. Interviews with scientists and theoreticians will investigate further the plan.
Contribution of the Hybrid Plattform
The Hybrid Plattform contributes to the interdisciplinary aspect of the project. The aim is to collaborate with scientists that deal with alternative energy resources, food research, ecology and also sociologists, economists, politic science experts that study the new model of lifestyle after the economical and environmental crisis. The collaboration with Prof. Stephan Pflugmacher-Lima from the Department Ecological Impact Research and Ecotoxicology has started with the intermediation of the Hybrid Plattform. Together the team will build and develop a testing small scale of the »Machine for Sustainable living« with the integration of the »Green Liver«, a natural water purification system by Prof. Stephan Pflugmacher-Lima.
Contact at Hybrid Plattform