© Matteo de Mayda 2014, © Studiomobile 2012, © Linv 2012
Our team is composed of biologists Stefano Mancuso, Elisa Azzarello, Camilla Pandolfi, and Elisa Masi from LINV (International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology), and the designers Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto from Studiomobile. Pnat is under incubation to become a spin off of the University of Florence.
Many coastal communities are particularly exposed to water and food security, and climate change is going to exacerbate even more local weakness. In sub-Saharan Africa, hotter and drier conditions have reduced the resiliency of local communities which experience the effect of cyclic droughts.
Also in the refugees camps located in coastal areas overpopulation and scarcity of resources in terms of cultivable land and safe water harden the condition of vulnerability of people. Finally, coastal areas affected by seawater flooding preventing the cultivation of land and causing the contamination of fresh water, cyclically face water and food scarcity.
Re-Watering is a simple, soil-less system to grow plants indoors. It is an artwork consisting of three ovules and a column made of ceramic as well as an ingenious system to continuously recycle water in order to irrigate a small vegetable garden. Most of the system components are handmade.
Re-Watering is a system to grow your own small kitchen garden. Mint, lettuce, basil, strawberries, and ornamental plants as well, will grow in your house or work space. It takes up little space and allows you to have fresh vegetables and aromatic or ornamental plants all year long!
Re-watering is a closed system, thus does not pollute the environment. It reduces the need for using pesticides against parasites (which generally live in the soil) and eliminates the need for herbicides. During the natural process of photosynthesis, in which oxygen is emitted and carbon dioxide absorbed, the plants of your Re-Watering system will also purify your air.
Nature and Ecology
Biodesign and Urban Ecology
Horticulture and Crop Production
Plant materials and Biomechanics
Pollution and Environments