Algae installation at the harbour

Exhibition at Dome of Visions 22 May - 25 June

Would you like to experience a living, interactive, architectural folly? Then drop by the harbour where the installation Urban Algae Folly is exhibited next to Dome of Visions.

When: 22 – 25 June 2017
Where: Dome of Visions, Inge Lehmanns Gade, 8000 Aarhus C


Urban Algae Folly.

Aarhus Wet City

The installation is part of the biotechnical project Aarhus Wet City. The project aims to collaboratively test the new application of digital and biotechnologies to the urban realm in the city of Aarhus. To achieve this goal, a living folly is installed in the harbour, which works as an incubator of the micro-ecologies present in the city’s urban waterways.

The installation will make such ecosystems visible to all and instigate visions of a future where microorganisms contribute to the city’s own expanded metabolism by filtering urban wastewater, digesting organic waste, growing biofuels and producing super-food for humans and animals.

At the same time, a new urban planning interface is proposed to harvest the collective intelligence of Aarhus’ population in the crafting of the future blue-green plan for the city.

The project is run by ecoLogicStudio and ADAPT-r PhD fellow Marco Poletto, who is currently completing his PhD project Systemic Architecture: From cyber-gardens to bio-cities at Aarhus School of Architecture.

Read more about the Aarhus Wet City project:

The project is supported by Aarhus Municipality and the Ministry of Education and Research.

What is an urban algae folly?

Urban Algae Folly is the world’s first living architecture integrating microalgal cultures and real-time digital cultivation protocols within a soft ETFE skin.

A special CNC welding technology is at the core of it. This technology makes it possible to design and control the morphology of the cushions under stress as well as the fluid dynamic behaviour of the nutritious medium as it travels through it.

Marco Poletto and ecoLogicStudio have exhibited various projects around the world, e.g. at the Venice Biennale: