We love finding out about all of the green ideas and projects going on right here in New England, and this post on Inhabitat really caught our attention here at Sage Builders. Check out TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets.
These beautiful artificial trees were designed by Mario Caceres and Christian Canonico for the SHIFTboston Urban Intervention Contest to help cleanse the air on Boston’s city streets. The TREEPOD system, a great use of biomimicry, replicates natural processes to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, but also harvests solar and kinetic energy. Seesaws on the base of each tree power displays that elaborate on the de-carbonization process, and the harvested solar and kinetic energy also fuel the air filtration process and interior lights.
The trees, fabricated from recycled drink bottles, will be sleek, modern, and stark white, with a vaguely lung-inspired aesthetic, and at night, they will be illuminated with a beautiful, vibrant mix of color.
For more images and information about the TREEPODS, read the full article on Inhabitat (linked above), and visit SHIFTboston to learn more about their projects and events.