Recycled Park Opens

Recycled Park Opens

7 January, 2015
Self-Sufficient and Efficient
The Rotterdam Recycled Park Brings Architecture to a Whole New Level
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The idea of self-sufficient, recycled parks has garnered remarkable positive feedback from governments and communities all over the world, as people continue to learn and recognise its countless benefits. The Rotterdam Recycled Park celebrated their opening in December 2014, as the first of its kind, marking a new beginning in the green architecture industry.
 
The Rotterdam Recycled Park is an initiative of the Recycled Island Foundation and is a local response to the global issue of plastic pollution. Every single river and ocean in the world is highly polluted with plastics, and the litter just keeps increasing.
 
WHIM Architecture, the brains behind Recycled Islands, unveiled their renderings for Recycled Park in June 2014, a floating recreational space that retrieves plastic waste from the Netherland’s Nieuwe Maas river right before it reaches the North Sea. This trash-cleaning green space proposal was created by WHIM Architecture in collaboration with Rotterdam municipality, WUR (Wageningen University), and SK International, in addition to intercepting plastic waste. The park will also be made up of recycled plastics that will be modified to allow plant matter to be grown on it.
 
The Recycled Park aims to limit outbound plastic waste by collecting the waste in its built-in platforms and transforming them into building material. WHIM Architecture hopes to expand the concept to other rivers around the country, to serve the additional purpose of creating a breeding ground for aquatic plants and native mussels, thus catering to and nurturing a new and healthy river ecosystem.
 
In December 2014, Recycled Park, together with designer Drijvend Groen, was awarded the Encouragement Prize within the Water Innovation Prize 2014. The Unie van Waterschappen annually hands out the Water Innovation prize to innovative water projects that are designed to result in dry feet, clean and sufficient water.
 

By: Ecozine Staff
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