FRIDS pod

The Food Resource Integrated Data Sharing pod is an evolution from Osian’s tower. FRIDS will be a sustainable, open source food production solution. A variety of reusable materials may be used to build the pods. In order to ensure biodiversity, collaborations can be forged with non profit heirloom seed distributors like KokoPelli.

Light and heat distribution

By slightly modifying the Jean Pain method developed in the 1970’s, the pod will have an internal biomelier or compost heater. Additionally, a reflective surface prevents the need to make the cylinder turn for equal light distribution on the vegetation. The planting cylinder will stand in the middle of two larger circular rails: an outer rail, and a slightly smaller inner rail. Below the rails will be a pit to fill with compost material. Heat produced by the decomposing biomass will be conducted from tightly spiral piping that gradually opens as the spiral moves from inside the compost, up through the inside of the tower, directly among the plant roots, between the watering system and the wall of the planting tube.

Sensors, data collection and sharing

The pods computer adjusts outer insulative shells based on collected sensory data, and programmed specifications for the vegetation and local weather conditions. Data will be collected and shared between pods, becoming the FRIDS network, creating a wealth of information on climate fluctuations and how they affect food production; as well as providing access to fresh food without the need for environmentally harmful transportation.

  • Concept & Research: Amir. H Akhavan, Amirali Sadeghi (2019 – )