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URBAN FORESTRATION: HANGING GARDEN SPECULATIVE DESIGN

Design Research

3D Modeling

Editorial Design

This project theme is air pollution in midtown Manhattan. I designed a structure that was a collection of green containers with the objective of urban forestation.

I examined lots of spatial data and spatial patterns to locate them in NYC as taking a seminar about graphical geometric systems in Pratt SAVI (Pratt institute Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative). During this project, I created an energy star rated map by using the Carto program with the data from NYC OPEN DATA along with prototyping the green structure.  

Urban trees are excellent filters for urban pollutants and fine particulates. They filter up to a third fine particle pollutans within 300 yards of a tree. A tree can absorb up to 150kg of CO2 per year, sequester carbon and consequently mitigate climate change. Strategic placement of trees in urban areas can cool the air by between 2°C and 8°C. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save energy used for heating by 20-50%. Urban trees reduce rates of cardiac disease, strokes, and asthma due to improved air quality.

Snapshots of Seoul’s skyline when fine

dust levels were “good” (left) on April 4

and “very bad” (right) on April 6. 

From YONHAP NEWS 2018

Repulsion Force

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The main idea of the speculative ‘hanging garden’ is to install magnets at the bottom of the plant container. By using the repulsion force, the floating floors of plant containers are expected to construct a new type of forestation.

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Drainage & weight

Each container measures its weight automatically by installed sensor, excessive water in the container will vaporized into air.

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