Carbon Capture Refuge X by Bless Yee | Redesign the World | Dezeen

Bless Yee’s proposal for floating habitats that capture carbon from the air has been awarded joint third place by the judges of Dezeen’s Redesign the World competition powered by Twinmotion.

Named Carbon Capture Refuge X, Yee’s project imagines a world where scientists have developed a network of floating living environments that sit within the Earth’s troposphere.

These habitats are home to refugees who are engaged in environmental research, Yee imagines.

Each infrastructure features solar panels and direct-air-capture fans that extract carbon from the atmosphere, converting it into electrical energy.

The energy runs through neon strips within the infrastructure’s floors, walls, and roofs.

Yee describes the strips as “veins” designed to circulate utilities throughout the refuge. They also act like “muscles” that elongate to accommodate the system’s growth and open and close depending on the weather to allow air and natural light inside.

Yee’s entry has been named joint third place in the Redesign the World competition. The other third-placed entry will be revealed tomorrow.

“Yee’s entry is an imaginative vision for a floating, technologically advanced future city,” said the Redesign the World judges.

“Despite seeming farfetched, the concept actually showcases achievable technologies such as carbon capture, which will have an important role to play in reversing climate change.”

Redesign the World is the ultimate design competition, which called for new ideas to rethink planet Earth to ensure that it remains habitable long into the future.

Launched in partnership with Epic Games, the contest asked entrants to visualise their concepts using architectural visualisation software Twinmotion.

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