The concept of the PACIFIC GARBAGE SCREENING was originally the master thesis of my architecture studies. I knew about the pollution of the oceans, but I didn’t know about the tracking and size of the problem.
A short time later, while on vacation, I personally witnessed the ocean pollution while diving on Cape Verde. Once I saw the tons of plastic waste scattered along beautiful coast lines and plastic bags floating in front of my diving goggles, I was unable to forget it.
Suddenly, I wanted to do something to solve it!
In the ensuing months, I began studying and researching the issue. I wanted to know the answers to these questions:
- Where is all the plastic waste coming from?
- What are the sources?
- How is it endangering marine flora and fauna?
Little by little I realized that an architecture on its own is not sufficient to deal with the problem. So, I began looking into fluid engineering, production of plastic, consumer behavior, recycling processes, the marine food-chain, anchorage of offshore drilling rigs, algae cultivation and much more. As I began to understand the full complexity of this problem, I became passionate about making a significant contribution to help save our oceans!