The Portuguese designer Marco Balsinha developed a methodology in aquaponics, named DUponix, based on the bio-geochemical cycle of nitrogen, and relying on an autonomous and hermetic system to produce food. With a focus on self-sufficiency in a domestic setting, he proposes a self-contained and simple solution in hydroponics and aquaculture working symbiotically, designated aquaponics. With this technique it is foreseeable the possibility of merging other interests such as aesthetics and strengthening of family bonds around a product mindful of ecology in all phases of its creation, use, and disposal.
Created within a partnership between MARE IPL (Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre) and LIDA IPL (Design and Arts Research Lab) and with its inception in 2015, DUponix allows for the practice of aquaponics in a common domestic environment. For this very reason, the attention given to beautification and usability is paramount. The design was inspired by Marco Balsinha’s former project UROBORO, further evolving over the initial objective of adding self-sustenance in urban housing, namely by creating a living entity inside our dwellings.
Marco Balsinha used red clay as support for flora, using the natural porosity of this medium shaped into simple geometries. The careful use of glazing follows the philosophy of focusing on the employment of monomaterials, creating fluctuation pockets essential for the proper functioning of the system.
This combined with a glass tank serving as habitat for aquatic fauna highlights the concept of the living element which assists on the bio-geochemical cycle of nitrogen of the whole project.
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