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With over 50% of the World’s population living in dense, urban cities, the stress on food production is becoming enormous. ‘Land-based’ agriculture remains the traditional method of food production, but as global-temperatures continue to rise, areas where food production occurs will begin to shift. Now, the London-based designers Idrees Rasouli, Roshan Sirohia, Jason Cheah and Sebastiaan Wolzak are developing a method for sea-based agriculture.


In the knowledge that 18 of the World’s 21 megapolises lie next to oceans, their Sealeaf design is a prototype for ‘hydroponic agriculture’, floating around coastal cities. Using Singapore as a prime example (as it imports 93% of its food) the designers reveal that the high cost of land there means urban-farming is not considered a good investment.


Instead, they feel the ‘sea’ may offer a novel solution.They believe that the water surrounding cities is underutilized and that the production of food occurs too far from where it is consumed. Their ‘Sealeaf’ solution is simple, inexpensive and uses local resources such as solar energy, abundant rainfall (especially in tropical regions) and the local fish farming industry.


They have designed a modular floating-platform for agricultural, that can expand in all directions. This platform is constructed of enclosed ‘hydroponic farming-modules’ and walkways that enable farmers to access crops at sea. Plants, like the ‘bok choi’ (seen here) are maintained through using captured rainwater and solar power.


Sealeaf could definitely appeal to countries like India or Asia, where locally grown, fresh food remains an important part of the culture and their young entrepreneurs can begin earning a living by selling ‘produce’ to local restaurants and hotels. Sealeaf recently won a Core77 Design Award and its designers believe that such a system could become mainstream in the not too distant future.

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