Rise is an intelligent carpet made of 100% natural materials containing local seeds, liquid filters and other materials that make possible growing plants without fertile soil and water in non-fertile zones, using only human urine as liquid source
What is Rise?
Rise was born from the idea of giving a new start to the refugees and any other people in need of help throughout one of the Syrian principal economic activities – agriculture - by the use the human urine. The urine contains significant levels of nitrogen, as well as phosphorous and potassium, that are favorable for plant growth.
As a team, we truly believe that this can be a starting point as well as a fight against the food crisis in places all around the world not having the weather or soil conditions to harvest any crops.
Rise is currently going through the prototyping phase, where we are trying to improve the filters and understand better how the urine interacts with the fabric and the plants to avoid possible health problems. However as industrial designers we are stepping in many areas such as chemistry and agriculture making our process a little bit slower.
Social and environmental impact
Rise is designed for the future, made of 100% biodegradable materials that can last up to 10 years without losing their natural properties and functions. Rise will give the opportunity to the refugees to harvest their own crops. Each family will receive a smart carpet (RISE) with different local seeds. This will help to restart the economic flow by encouraging trade with crops inside the refugee camp as well as the rest of the country.