- 12 September 2012
A set of floating inverted skyscraper-like structures capable of coverting ocean litter into energy have been designed by architects.
The 'seascrapers' would be self-sustaining mobile facilities floating in the ocean. Much like icebergs, they would remain submerged largely beneath the surface, but would actively seek to collect materials such as waste plastics. They would also be capable of recycling organic matter. Each seascraper would compromise three zones - waste collection units at the bottom, recycing and energy recovery facilities in the middle and housing/recreational estates above sea level.
Each structure would have a central hole to allow for mass to be adjusted. When large amounts of litter are collected, water would then be released in order to stabilise the scraper and keep it floating.
The structures were dreamt up by a Serbian architectural cohort in response to the pressing issue of ocean pollution in areas of the world such as the Great Pacific 'garbage patch' - a floating mass of waste residing in the northern portion of the Pacific Ocean.