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!
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)