8-Story Antigravity Forest Facade Takes Root

August 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm (ecology, Psychogeography) (, , , )

Probably one of the best ideas I have seen all day:
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When Patrick Blanc was a boy, he suspended plants from his bedroom wall and ran their roots into a fish tank. The greenery received nourishment from the diluted—ahem—fertilizer and purified the water in return. Forty-five years on, the French botanist’s gardens have grown massive in scale. One inside a Portuguese shopping mall is larger than four tennis courts, and there’s one in Kuwait that’s almost as big. But Blanc’s recently completed facade for the Athenaeum hotel in London (shown) could be his most high-profile project yet. Looming over Green Park, it’s an eight-story antigravity forest composed of 12,000 plants.

(the rest: Wired)

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Living root bridges

August 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm (ecology, Psychogeography) (, )

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In the depths of northeastern India, one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown. What could 21th century architects learn from these dynamic construction principles? I would like to see this applied on highways.
Full story at NextNature.net

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