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Bioremediation | Water pollution | Algae

Carried out at

MA Biodesign

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Conducted with 

Carolina Kyvik Ruiz

Eleonora Rombolá

Cassandra Quinn

Kit Ondaatje Rolls


Nancy Diniz | Course Leader

MA Biodesign

Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures 

Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems

Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician

Special mention

Saul Purton | Head of the U.K. Algae Network (UCL)

London  —  UK


Feb.   —  March 2020

Using restorative  design to clean the London Canal. Bioremediating water through phycormediation, using upcycled material.

This project was developed using a strain of Parachlorella Kessleri, provided by Saul Purton, Head of the U.K. Algae Network (UCL). This strain is capable of simultaneous growth and bioremediation in contaminated environments, effectively digesting pollutants. The resulting bioreactor has been designed to be installed on London barges for remediating the Regent's Canal in Central London, which is contaminated with heavy metals.

Empty gin bottles, sourced from distillery solid waste, are repurposed as bioreactor containers. In this way, the project showcases restorative design by upcycling local waste, while remaining cost-effective and accessible for numerous barge holders. Moreover, its modularity allows it to be set up on various supports.

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Parachlorella kessleri algae strain | Magnification: 10X, 20X, 40X.

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Experiments set-up | Variants: nutrients, light, temperature, algae concentration.


Algae bioreactor set-up on London barges | Regent's Canal, London.

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