Moss-powered lamp from Cambridge University.
We all learn in grade school that plants create food and energy via photosynthesis. Scientists at Cambridge University are taking the fact several steps further by creating concept designs of gadgets powered by photosynthetic plants. These range in scale from the lamp shown above to “masts” of fast-growing algae, which may supplement solar power in 10 years. Talk about green energy. Literally.
To be displayed at London Design Week in late September.
Tired of those flimsy black plastic pots in which plants are inevitably sold? The Hairy Pot Plant Company has a solution: ready-to-plant “pots” made of biodegradable coconut husks! Thoughts? Will you opt for these eco-friendly containers instead?
Taking ‘indoor gardens’ to new extremes, this Brazilian house is constructed around a plot of ground soil.
Here, a tree is planted in a naturally-irrigated plot of soil, and sits below a glass roof that opens and closes to adjust the amount of sun exposure. In a setup such as this one, a reliable soil fertilizer is very important: the designer analyzed the natural soil and treated it with specific fertilizer to ensure that the tree would grow to maximum potential.
German Village Produces 321% Excess Clean Energy
The village, Wildpoldsreid, produces 3x as much energy as it needs to sustain itself, and also generates $5.7 million (EUR 3.96 million) in revenue from its energy.
Methods used include wind and biogas energy, a natural waste water treatment plant, composting of biodegradable waste, three small hydro power plants, and the adoption of solar panels by individual households.
Amazing how successful a concerted effort to use natural energy can be. Future steps for the village include Project IRENE (Integration of Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles), expansion of district heating system, and adoption of a Siemens Smart Grid.
Tube City is a design for a 21 km long tube running over the Yamuna River in the city of Delhi. Conceived by Abhinay Sharma, the tube itself would be a living sustainable city with in-house farms and residential, commercial and office zones. A central metro spine and road network would keep the tube well connected, and the structure could also draw in water from the river for purification and consumption.
Love a bit of desert charm? Apartment Therapy shows a great way to display your plants in a novel fashion — inside frames! Click here for more info.
Further proof that an edible garden can be just as gorgeous as a flower garden. Be inspired!