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February 1, 2010

FLOATING THROUGH THE BIG APPLE


Tree Hugger - Created by a team of New York-based artists, designers, builders, civic activists, scientists, environmentalists, and marine engineers, the Waterpod was conceived as a way to experiment with more sustainable living systems that might be suitable for a future world of "widespread climate change, desertification, overpopulation, and rising sea levels."

Built of repurposed wood, metal, plastic, fabric, and other materials on top of an industrial barge, the Waterpod included space for both hydroponic and soil-based gardens -- growing such goodies as bok choy, strawberries, and squash -- a composting toilet, greywater recycling, and 12 solar PV panels, among other green features. The voyagers were also equipped with a shower, art and yoga spaces, a fuel-efficient stove. . .

The pod has been designed to run on solar, wind and human power; visitors will be invited to pedal one of four onboard bicycles, which recharge the pod's three batteries. . .

One thing the Waterpod is not, however, is an exercise in survivor-style schadenfreude. "It will be quite civilized," promises Ward, a sculptor who fronts the psychedelic rock band the Ruffian Arms. "We'll eat with utensils."


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