WaterLilly 3.17 prototype fabrication kick off

We are so glad to announce the kick off of the fabrication phase of our new architectural photobioreactor: the WaterLilly 3.17. Check here for more info. Advertisements

Our Algae go East on Domus China

May 2015 edition of Domus China n. 97 features a great 3 full spreads on our WaterLilly universe, including the study for a vertcial algae farm developped last year, and the excerpts of a conversation between Jan Wurm (Arup), Mario Tredici (Florence University), and Cesare Griffa. A part from our contribution, it is definitely a very … Continue reading

Welcome MiniLilly, the smallest member of our Lillies family!

Welcome MiniLilly! With its 2.5 liters of micro-algae solution, it’s the smallest photobioreactor we ever made. It’s meant to be the low-cost good-looking solution for newbies interested in starting their home algae little farm :) More info on the MiniLilly webpage, stay tuned a DIY Kit will be released soon!

ALGAETECTURE | EXPO 2015 PREVIEW: Algae systems to design and feed the city

Milan, 7th April 2014 – Algae is the seemingly unlikely term that is being discussed at the heart of EXPO Milano 2015. As part of the Future Food District project, being developed by Carlo Ratti Associati at the central crossroads of the EXPO site, the pavilions’ façades and canopy utilize new systems of micro-algae, designed … Continue reading

WaterLilly 2.0 @ FuoriSalone 2014

During the Design Week in Milan (8-13 April), and until 18 April, a real scale prototype based on the latest evolution of the WaterLilly family (2.0) will be present in the space curated by Carlo Ratti Associati at the FuoriSalone 2014 in Milano at the Interni magazine  major Exhibition-Event FEEDING NEW IDEAS FOR THE CITY. … Continue reading

Why microalgae biotechnology is important in architecture?

Cyanobacteria (the procaryotic microalgae) are believed to be among the first living organisms that appeared on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. At that time the atmosphere was composed mainly by nitrogen and carbon dioxide, no oxygen. Through their photosynthetic activity, micro-algae are considered responsible of the Oxygen Catastrophe (Great Oxygenation Event), approximately 2.4 billion … Continue reading

WaterLilly on Wired uk

Last month, WaterLilly was featured on Wired UK. Check it out here!

featured on wired italia

CG features with WaterLilly on the story  “Le facce della genialità. Storie di maker italiani” (txt by Lorenzo Mannella, photo by Mattia Balsamini) on the November 2013 issue of Wired Italia. The shooting took place in Rome during the MakerFaire last October. Awesome ;)

cg interview about algae on dutch television (vpro)

During the Dutch Design Week, I’ve been interviewed by VPRO about possible applications of algal technology in design and architecture. funny enough… cg

Lilly-bot @ Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven

It’s an intense fall! After the great Maker Faire Rome, we will be on stage again at Now Future – Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven 19-27 October. If you’re around join us at the Klokgebouw exhibition,  hal 2, position no: 21. We will be exhibiting the brand new member of the WaterLilly family, Lilly-bot, developed with the support of … Continue reading

@ MakerFaire Rome!

Only 12 hours to the first European MakerFaire in Rome… we will be there presenting the brand new  components of the WaterLilly family:  DemoLilly 2013, and WaterLilly_Starter_Kit 2013! Have a preview at the WaterLilly pages, and if you’re around, come to the Faire and join us to grab one of the micro-algae pipettes we are distributing … Continue reading

waterlilly family gets bigger and goes out!

Hey, check out the WaterLilly page. The family got bigger, three new members joined the 2012 components: Lilly_bot 2013, Demo_Lilly 2013, and Lilly Starter_Kit 2013. Lilly_bot-2013 is an automated device to cultivate edible micro-algae like Spirulina in a domestic environment. Having a personal micro-algae farm is an environmentally friendly way to produce and consume a complete nutritional source that grows … Continue reading

WaterLilly @ the Milano Design week show off

Ecco un po’ di immagini di WaterLilly alla Milano Design Week 2013 in mezzo ai suoi amici smanettoni!

WaterLilly a Milano

Continuano le scorribande di WaterLilly che, scoprendo di avere il dono dell’ubiquità, sara’ contemporaneamente presente a due eventi durante il Salone del Mobile in qualita’ di creatura figlia di un modo di fare aperto in cui i tanti progettisti e inventori che hanno partecipato in modo condiviso alla sua nascita hanno apportanto il proprio contributo … Continue reading

Algae and the making of a photobioreactor presentation

A presentation that explains why it’s valuable to include algae as an architectural  feature, and how we built our photobioreactor prototypes WaterLilly.

WaterLilly at MIT

Last February 19th cg presented WaterLilly  at the SENSEable City Lab weekly Tuesday lunch meeting.

Waterlilly on Tinkerkit

Waterlillly has been published in the Tinkerkit project page. WayerLilly is a social creature: when people come close to her, she gets emotional and increases the algae biomass through the augmentation of light and CO2 released in the bio-solution. The electronics that make that happen are based on an Arduino board, and sensors and components … Continue reading

Waterlilly alla festa di compleanno di Fablab Torino

WaterLilly ha partecipato alla festa del primo compleanno del Fablab Torino (e presentazione della pirma Maker Faire che si terrà a Roma il prossimo autunno): brava Sara che sei stata la sua voce :) Tanti auguri Fablab Torino! L’evento è stato pubblicato in giro per la rete: http://barcamper.it/barcamper-per-la-makerfairerome/ http://www.technonews.it/2013/02/18/technogeek-meet-the-makers/ https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/+Arduino/albums/5845205026614888657 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.488159311248020.110536.124208224309799&type=1

WaterLilly su RAI 3

Franco Magni che racconta di WaterLilly al Fablab Torino alla trasmissione “E se domani domani” andata in onda il 9 febbraio 2013 su Rai 3 in un serizio sullo “strano mondo degli inventori”. L’intera trasmissione è disponibile on-line a questo link, Franco e WaterLilly sono a 1h 28min circa. Il servizio racconta abbastanza bene di … Continue reading

Water Lilly @ Abitare il Futuro Conference in Napoli (I)

On 12-13 december, a paper on Water Lilly has been presented at the Conference “Abitare il Futuro” in Universita’ Federico II Napoli. Unfortunately, cg couldn’t go to lecture in Napoli, but the paper is available in the official proceedings.