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Living, modular, sculptural 21st century terrariums for discovering new ways to interact with plants.
Living, modular, sculptural 21st century terrariums for discovering new ways to interact with plants.
Living, modular, sculptural 21st century terrariums for discovering new ways to interact with plants.
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New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park - with some help from Plant-in City!

Introducing The Lowline - the world's first underground park. The Lowline will utilize new solar technology to transform a 107-year old trolley station in the Lower East Side of Manhattan into a thriving underground oasis, complete with live plants and trees. The park will not only represent the future, but also celebrates the past by re-invigorating the old.  

Imagining the Lowline
Imagining the Lowline

Support the Kickstarter Campaign and receive one of the three new Plant-in City special edition terrarium pieces created in the spirit of the Lowline. The terrariums are made from oak trees sourced locally from upstate NY. Simple japanese joinery frame the volume, and a wired web of black steel, aluminum and fiber optic cables create an air scape for air plants to inhabit. Each terrarium is charred all-black, through a process called Shou Sugi Ban that preserves the wood, making it more resistant to wind, water, sun, fire, and insect damage. With a little water, sun, and love - these guys will always be by your side!

Low Line Special Edition Terrarium Rewards
Low Line Special Edition Terrarium Rewards
Magician - Special Edition Terrarium
Magician - Special Edition Terrarium

Channeling the spirit of the Lowline Park, this special Terrarium is embedded with LED lights that illuminate a sculptural web of black steel, aluminum wire and fiber optic cable.  A timeless art piece that join technolgy craft and nature.  Portion of proceeds go to the Lowline Lab in Lower Manhattan.  

Thank you for considering and supporting the fabulous project!

-Huy Bui

Co-founder of Plant-in City

What's happening?!

Dear All, 

We are currently working on developing our ideas through site specific installations and exhibitions.  Here's an update to what's going on!  You can also email us directly info@plantincity.com if you have any questions about our ongoing projects.  

Here are recent projects and installations that we've completed.  

For NYCxDesign Week in May, we exhibited a Plant-in City installation at Industry City, Brooklyn, in Collaboration with Wanted Design.  

Industry City in Collaboration with Wanted Design
Industry City in Collaboration with Wanted Design

We Won an award!  

2015 Core77 Design Awards Built Environment Professional Runner Up Entry Title: Hanging Urban Garden

Hanging Urban Garden
Hanging Urban Garden

Huy and Carlos went to Hong Kong for a group exhibition, "Living Architecture" and shared this installation.  

Living Architecture - Hong Kong
Living Architecture - Hong Kong

We also launched a Plant-In City miniature version of our concept, and wanted to give you, our backers 33% off our terrariums.  They are great gifts for the home and office and fit nicely on your desk or window sill!  Grab one today!  (discount code kick33)

Plant-In MINI
Plant-In MINI

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Plant-in City goes Vertical

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Dear All,  

We'd like to give you an update about the progress of Plant-in City.   We currently have an installation at Alternative Apparel Shop in Soho, and will be up until the end of this week Nov 2nd., and if you're around in NYC, come visit, 281 Lafayette St., and ask for a irrigation and fog demo! 

Vertical Garden
Vertical Garden

Installation

The installation explores integrating nature into the city and is sited at the Beautiful Alternative Apparel Shop in Soho that will offer an array of experiences from the street, sidewalk and in-store vantage points. The shop has a large storefront window that offers ample vertical real estate and takes cues of the urban fabric to explore a vertical park system that utilizes Plant-in City’s modular micro-ecosystem that integrates kokedama (plantballs) terrariums, lighting, drip irrigation, sound and technology units suspended within a confined vertical volume.  

The project dives into sustainable design practices and materials that utilizes locally sourced walnut from upstate New York, LED lighting technology, green finishing materials and other re-purposed components. All pieces are fabricated here in New York City. It’ll be a sensory, experience that activates, visual, sound and smell and touches on conversations that link to larger geo-political issues such as sustainable design and architecture.   

 Materials / Technology 

  • -sustainable lumber (sourced from upstate NY) - http://www.newyorkheartwoods.com/
  • -LED Light - LED Grow Lights (supplement natural daylight). The blue LED light, was a huge innovation hurdle for scientist and for their achievements, recently awarded the physics Nobel prize.  
  • -re-purposed mircro-computer fans (integrated into modular system) -copper pipe for irrigation -water pump 
  • -"Green" water-based polyurthane (Vermont Natural Coating) - http://www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com
  • -Imbedded Arduino(like a programmable thermostat) will be utilized to turn on supplemental grow lights that activate during sundown for the long nights that dawn on us this Fall/Winter … Vegitation plants 
  • - kokedama (plant ball) airplants, succulents, ferns, moss, succulents. Features and Lifestyle Integration -Plant-in MINI (Terrarium I and II, Air Plant Terrarium) 
  • -Plant-in City Irrigation system - (water pump, drip irrigation, water filtration, mist cistern)
  • -Mist / Fog System -Modular Housing / Dock System for IPhone and Jambox (we'd like to play classical music for the plants)
Side Elevation - Landscapes
Side Elevation - Landscapes

Kick Starter BLOCK PARTY!

Hi Hello to all our friendly Kickstarter supporters,
 

We hope you’re all doing well. It’s been a while since we’ve updated you all, but we’re happy to say things have been humming along nicely. Exciting news… we’ve been invited to be part of the KickStarter Block Party this coming weekend! On Saturday May 3rd we’ll be joining an awesome bunch of creatives at Kickstarter’s HQ for a day of food, games, art, demos, tours, and musical performances. If you can make it along we’d be super happy to see you! Here’s the deets: 12 noon–6pm Saturday May 3, 2014 Kickstarter HQ 58 Kent St, Brooklyn NY Rain or shine! Follow this link for a full schedule and to check out the other cool cats we’ll be hanging with:

www.kickstarter.com/events/blockparty

Also, for those of you waiting on your PDF and book, you’ll be pleased to know that it is in production as we speak. Hooray! 

 The Plant-In City team.

Streetfest: Ideas City at New Museum

Dear all, 

We'lll be exhibiting Plant-in City this coming Saturday at Idea City at the New Museum.  We will be featuring some new exciting developments and would love for you to stop by. 

http://www.ideas-city.org/view/architecture-technology-for-plants

thank you for your continuing support,

Plant-in City Team

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About IDEAS CITY IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and play. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, IDEAS CITY is a major collaborative initiative between hundreds of arts, education, and community organizations. This year’s theme is Untapped Capital, with participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities.

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