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Floating garden study inspires cooperative design book

Curtin University postgraduate Kate Ferguson has published a book on collaborative design and architecture, based on a project to improve access to fresh food for floating villages on Lake Tonle Sap in Cambodia.

Ferguson led a team of engineers, designers, landscape architects and freshwater scientists working to build floating food gardens in an area that supports around 1.2 million people.

The 270,000 hectare lake is the largest in southeast Asia, and is also classified as a UNESCO biosphere. The lake’s floating villages are a popular tourist attraction, but remain one of the country’s poorest rural areas.

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