Project Details: Mobile Lotus Floating Eco-Clinic, Siem Reap, Cambodia, November 2015-Present
Key Role: Project manager and designer, design research, sustainable concept design, documentation, fundraising, presentations, marketing, media and communication, organise and conduct international design and build workshops, community outreach.
Nominated: INDE design awards 2018, The Infuencer.
Published: Cubes Magazine May 2018, Diviasare, Designboom.
The Mobile Lotus aims to provide holistic solutions to the challenges that are faced by the floating communities living on Cambodia’s most precious resource; The Tonlé Sap lake UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is a floating eco-clinic that supports the local infrastructure, enhancing access regular healthcare and health education for the lake’s residents.
The project aims to set a benchmark for sustainability by highlighting the unique bio-diversity of the Tonlé Sap Lake and the environmental challenges it currently faces. Built of local materials and easily assembled, the lotus inspired design offers a community platform. Mobile, it reaches remote floating villages to treat and inform about common illness, sanitation and remedies of supporting the ecosystem. Introducing ideas of sanitation, waste treatment, disease prevention and demonstrations of sustainable living, into a one-stop platform. Mobile Lotus aims to empower lake inhabitants with the relevant tools to support both themselves and the health of the Tonlé Sap lake.
Globalization brought a large amount of technological advancements around the world. In the process, it popularized many ideas that at times overtook cultural knowledge. While it gave Cambodian farmers an easy access to fertilizers and pesticides to increase their productivity, it did not educate the population adequately about the adverse effects and the need to monitor the usage of such artificial aggregates.
Tonle Sap is a unique case where farmers and fisherman share a large common water source. Fisheries are a great advantage to the rice plantation and vice versa. However, use of fertilizers and pesticides to meet the rising demand of rice cultivation has impacted quite drastically the marine life of the historically significant lake of Cambodia.
Due to heavy nutrient drainage into the lake water as well as intense fishing and deforestation in the area, decline in Phytoplankton bacteria can potentially happen in the water body. Those bacteria are vital to the marine health since they are hugely responsible for maintaining oxygen levels in water. Without them a critical condition termed as Hypoxia can arise. This hypoxic water is responsible for rising health issues for people living in and around the lake. Which is certainly an urgent concern. Action shall be taken!
Real solutions lie in a full circle prevention of the causes of the problem. To do so, informed and responsible shift in lifestyle of people are required to restore and stabilize the lake, and by extent the Human beings.