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arch: Denis Svirid and Anastasiya Gudzenko TREE OF LIFE The future is determined by the past and the present. Today we must reconsider the pl… Read More
arch: Denis Svirid and Anastasiya Gudzenko TREE OF LIFE The future is determined by the past and the present. Today we must reconsider the place of man in this world. It is becoming more and more evident that it is insufficient to stop launching nuclear wastes into space or draining sewage into rivers. The question on the agenda is a radical change of concepts regarding consumers' attitude to Nature. The future ecological and genetic disaster can annihilate both humankind and our planet. Therefore the responsibility of mankind for the environment is so urgent that Nature seems to be awaiting a humane attitude towards itself. In our project we will broach a subject of exploiting natural resources, which is one of the factors exterminating the ecosystem of the Earth. In the process of the open extraction the soil and vegetation layers are damaged, water and ground are polluted , animals and birds leave these territories. Large areas of land are excluded from the agricultural production, crops decrease and their quality deteriorates. The level of subterranean waters drops on vast territories. The water conditions change causing another global problem- pure water deficiency. The open extraction (open mines) is an extremely violent method leaving numerous scars on the face of our Earth. The concept of ‘The Tree of Life’ is a fundamentally new concept concerning the life of Man in which he views himself not as a consumer but lives in symbiosis with the Nature. ‘The Trees of Life’ are located on the territories of open mine workings. Twining the injured earth with their ‘roots’ they are able to cure and restore it. ‘The Tree of Life’ is an absolutely autonomous ecosystem resembling by its structure the plant form of life. The inhabitants of ‘ the Tree ’ live and work in it producing ecologically sound products for themselves and for export. They also ensure their inner and outer needs in ecologically sound electric power and water. The concept of ‘The Tree of Life’ presupposes the presence of tree parts: 1.(The root system) The Root system is the main system feeding ‘The Tree of Life’. The geothermal electric power station is capable to provide ‘The Tree of Life’ and adjacent territories with ecologically sound and cheap energy transforming the inner warmth of the Earth into electric power. The water purification station is located at the bottom of the quarry and solves a number of urgent problems connected with the shortage of pure water in the given area, accomplishing the collection and purification of subsoil waters not only for the needs of the building. The station also recycles the waste water. 2.(The stem) The carrying structure (stem) is a system of constructions consisting of the central nucleus and the external frame. The building is designed in the form of two interlacing ‘stems’ ensuring better steadiness of the whole structure. The vertical communication is implemented by pneumatic (vacuum) lifts of different types. The first type is the high speed lifts capable of immediate transportation of passengers to any sector (level). The connection between the floors of each sector is carried out by the second type of lifts. The movement of the airlifts is insured by the force of the air flow owing to the difference of the air pressure above and under lift cars. 3.(The crown ) The inner space resembles the structure of a city in which the part of parks is performed by large recreational areas dividing different sectors (levels) as to their functions. The public sector with its restaurants, offices, clinics, schools, entertainment and trade centres is situated at the base (foundation) of ‘The Tree’. Three residential sectors, the scientific-research sector as well as the sector with the geometeorological station with its own telescope and planetarium are situated above the public sector. The role of the streets is fulfilled by small recreational areas located along the outer perimeter of the building. 4.(The fruits) Various plants are grown on the basis of aeroponics in the greenhouses located on the outside platforms (capsules). Being autonomous modules, the greenhouses use the energy of the sun and wind for their needs, collecting also the moisture from the environment. Read Less
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