Concerned by the rising of sea water level, the personal fate and global impact of millions of refugees, we are on the way to build artificial islands for the regions in urgent need.
Asap-island is a test ground for such constructions and applied technical solutions; an “Integrated Art” project by an interdisciplinary, international team, co- creating open solutions
It also is a symbol for the needed transformation of our economies and social systems, of our way of thinking and acting.
It´s about co- creating a new world – a sharing/caring community in harmony with nature.
Asap- Island is a cooperative Project from the German artist Joy Lohmann, “Positive Nett-Works”, “Art Escape Goa”, “Design Intervention” and INSPIRE TRUST, together with local partners and international Volunteers.
The ongoing Asap-island project and its OPEN-ISLAND unites makers for humanity, co- creating a platform and suitable applications for maritime research, eco-education and climate change resilience.
The demand for floating islands rises with the rising sea levels. Several projects worldwide address this topic and plan artificial floating habitats within the next decade. But all of them are planned top-down, require a huge amount of investment capital and provide floating space for the less than 1% only.
Open-Island is radically different. It is bottom-up, not-for-profit but for benefit; it is open-source and focuses on coordinated social capital for humanitarian issues and a culture of change.
In 2012 Art Escape, the German Artist Joy Lohmann and POSITIVE NETT- WORKS (Germany) together with the first year Students of Goa Architecture Collage created the first floating ASAP-ISLAND PROJECT in Goa made out of waste plastic bottles, tire and bamboo. The Idea of the Asap-island is to keep it low-tech, low-budget and open source, to empower the people in flooded and endangered areas to fight the results of climate change on their own.
In 2013 Joy Lohmann and his team came back to Goa to collaborate with Art Escape and INSPIRE TRUST and to build the second version of Asap-Island: “THE ISLAND OF LIFE”. This time the Island became a modular, ever growing Island built with recycling material and voluntary effort. It was greened with mangroves and became an eye-catcher on the river Sal in Goa.
The third Version of Asap-Island was built in 2014 and called: “OPEN ISLAND”. It has grown to a whole new level, as a complete self-sustaining Island, using solar and wind energy, providing shelter and space to grow plants.
In 2015 the Asap- Island was build from 5th to 11th January in Ahmedabad. Most of the needed materials are consumer waste like plastic water bottles, old industrial crates, discarded tires etc., and natural material like bamboo. The material for building the open island was sourced from scrap yards and participants themselves.