Skyscraper on the "Eighth Continent"
Project: Floating Garbage Recycle Skyscraper
Location: North Pacific Gyre
Project Registered (US Copyright Office) VA 2-253-373
The Filtration Skyscraper is a highly modularized prefabricated waste-management and waste-to-energy power plant megastructure that contains several Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and Water Treatment Plants (WTP) to recycle the floating garbage continent and clean seawater at all levels from the different oceans across the world. The innovation serves to be self-sustaining and helps to resolve the world energy crisis in this coming century.
The Filtration Skyscraper works as a waste-management and waste-to-energy power conversion plant skyscraper located in the “Eighth Continent”- a continent often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean that spans water from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The size of the patch is estimated to be 8.1% of the size of the Pacific Ocean, twice the size of Texas, and thrice the size of California. The rubbish layer in the area is, on average, 100 feet thick. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not the only vortex; while the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean have trash vortexes, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has the largest one. In addition, shipping routes in smaller bodies of water, such as the North Sea, are also developing garbage patches.
Unlike conventional material recovery facility that mainly relies on gravity and uses multiple conveyors to raise garbage mainstream several times for sorting and distribution, The Filtration Skyscraper uses seawater to pump garbage and polluted water to the apex of the building and then filters water and recyclable material down to the bottom. Eventually, non-recycled material and recycled material will be transported away by tidal power.
The main structure – the tree truck core allows for a flexible and inclusive range of facilities and plants to be attached. Such facilities range from Plastic Recycling Facilities to Waste-to-energy Power Plants, all of which can be accommodated in vertical aggregation on four sides as idealized and efficient dwellings at the tower's foundations. Most facilities are composed of modular parts that can be replaced at requirements.
This proposal provides a sustainable and even regenerative solution to floating waste and a second chance to reconstruct the relationship between nature and human beings.
Since the project was published in 2019, it has been featured in a wide range of media globally and has received worldwide attention and support. Currently, it is ongoing and in the preliminary development phase. The project is undergoing a series of research and feasibility studies with the collaboration of multiple experts, including architects, engineers, contractors, and specialty consultants, to work together to bring this project to fruition.