Indus is the winner of an international design competition called Water Futures organised by A/D/O, Mini, New York. The project is developed as part of a research lab called Bio-ID (Bio - Integrated Design) at University College London. Bio-ID lies at the intersection of the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Department of Biochemical Engineering, UCL, UK.
The Indus project is a tile-based, modular bioreactor wall system for cleaning water through bioremediation. The goal is to enable the rural community of artisans, panchayats, to regenerate water for reuse within their manufacturing processes. The tiles of the Indus wall can be made locally using traditional clay making methods.
Inspired by the architecture of a leaf, water flows over a series of vein-like channels containing algae
prepared in a seaweed-based hydrogel. Pollutants such as cadmium are sequestered by the algae and the hydrogel can then be processed to recover heavy metals safely.
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