A Group of Designers Want to Turn Egyptian Pyramid into a Desertification-Fighting Skyscraper

By: | April 21st, 2015

One of the major consequences of climate change is desertification. Deserts are growing day by day at an alarming rate. In order to solve this problem, a US-based design team has put forward an ambitious solution: the Bio-Pyramid.

Bio-pyramid: A team of seven designers set their project in Egypt, situated on the edge of the Sahara Desert, with the goal to transform an ancient Egyptian pyramid into a green skyscraper that works to reverse desertification. It is a non-conventional skyscraper that operates as a biosphere.

The designers would convert the Great Pyramid of Giza into a living machine by melding the Pyramid with a modern skyscraper and a biosphere. This 1,280-foot-tall “living machine” skyscraper would house a university, museum, research labs, tourist attractions, and retail shops.

Not only that, there would be an extensive network of planting beds and food-producing gardens. An underground water reservoir would supply water, which would be pumped up through the center of the structure and distributed throughout the skyscraper. To replenish the water, condensation traps, gray water recycling, and other water harvesting systems would be used.

The designers foresee that developing sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems will benefit surrounding urban communities at the same time as reversing desertification in the shadow of the Great Pyramid.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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