The installation explores integrating nature into the city and is sited at the Beautiful Alternative Apparel Shop in Soho that will offer multiple 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 terrariums, lighting, water, sound and technology units. The irrigation system pumps water to the peak of the installation and drips through a series of the micro-enviornments to keep plants and moss happy.
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 Grow Lights (supplement natural daylight)
-re-purposed mircro-computer fans (integrated into modular system)
-copper pipe for irrigation
-"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 …
plants - airplants, succulents, ferns, moss, succulents.
Features and Lifestyle Integration
-Plant-in MINI (Terrarium I and II, Air Plant Terrarium)
-Plant-in City Terrarium
-Mist / Fog System
-Modular Housing / Dock System for IPhone and Jambox (we'd like to play classical music for the plants)