The Problem

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POPULATION GROWTH

Global population is expected to grow 33% by 2050

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URBANIZATION

70% of people will live in cities by 2050

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FOOD

Food demand is expected to increase 78% by 2050

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WATER

Agriculture currently drains 70% of freshwater withdrawals

A growing demand for local food means a growing need for water. Agricultural infrastructure must evolve to utilize water more efficiently, especially in water stressed regions and rapidly growing cities.

 
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Our Solution

We are rethinking urban food systems to be more locally attuned, self-sustaining, and symbiotic by harnessing water from atmospheric sources such as rain, fog, and humidity. Our product, called AquaWeb, captures, stores, and distributes water into local food production.

Using biomimicry, regenerative innovation inspired by nature, we build products and systems based on the functional principles and strategies of organisms and ecosystems.

 
 

Benefits

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INEXPENSIVE

Saving on water and energy costs
makes growing produce easier and
more affordable.

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eCO-FRIENDLY

Passive strategies, benign materials, and responsible resource management reduces negative environmental impact.

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modular

Flexible, intuitive design allows for integration with various farming strategies and material waste streams.

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food security

Irrigating with local water sources
allows access to local farming in regions without arable land.

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water security

Tapping into atmospheric sources and storing within building envelopes improves resiliency regardless of climate.

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decentralized

Distributed water infrastructure enables off-the-grid solutions for food production, supporting sustainable farmers.

 

Modularity

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STRUCTURE

AquaWeb incorporates natural structural principles to allow for simple self assembly, scalability, and adaptive building integration.

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components

Each of AquaWeb’s parts can be swapped out for easy maintenance, continued upgrades, and tailoring to local environmental conditions.

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MATERIALS

We actively integrate materials that are biodegradable, recycled from other waste streams, or strategically fabricated to approach a net zero footprint.

Design

Designed Using Biomimicry

We borrow design advice from nature. With biomimicry, we implement 3.8 billion years of research and development to stack solutions that are not only sustainable, but regenerative.

Product

AquaWeb’s overarching water management strategy emulates epiphytes, including mosses, lichens, and ferns. These are non-parasitic plants that grow on the surface of other plants. Epiphytes wick moisture from the air and make that water accessible to neighboring organisms. Similarly, AquaWeb acts as absorptive infrastructure for atmospheric water in the built environment.

In structure and function, our system employs a host of biomimetic strategies including how a spider web captures water, the common ice plant’s distributive water storage technique, the way mycelium transports water to plant roots, and the structural support of a beehive’s honeycomb.

AquaWeb is a living product that continues to evolve as we explore new adaptations, test, and iterate.

BUSINESS

From a business perspective, NexLoop mimics a mycelial web’s vast matrix of interconnecting networks. Our team is multidisciplinary and internationally distributed to build unique relationships with diverse stakeholders and bank resources for the greater ecosystem. We share education and business resources, connect communities, and promote both growth and resilience.

 

How It Works

 

The AquaWeb will be featured on a hydroponic vertical container farm as part of a public Circular Economy pilot project in Spring 2019

About

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We envision a food system that taps into naturally abundant, local resources; a supportive ecosystem built on mutually beneficial relationships, restorative materials, and flexible, multifunctional design. Together we will cultivate conditions conducive to life.

 
 

NexLoop represents the inherent Food-Water-Energy nexus and closed loop processes that fuel the natural world.

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Mission

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Design and establish food systems that are locally attuned, responsive,
adaptive, and safe.

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Collect atmospheric water for use on site to enhance sustainable food production.

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Build multifunctional biomimetic infrastructure to make agriculture more resilient, affordable, and secure.

 

Team

 

Contact

Interested in cross-pollinating, collaborating, or supporting? Get interconnected! We are always looking for like-minded people to join our mycelial web.

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NexLoop Networks

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New York, NY

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Boston, Ma

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San Francisco, Ca

 
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Stuttgart, Germany

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Zadar, Croatia