We really like this Kickstarter project which envisions a new direction for plants in an urban environment. Plant-in City is a collaboration between architects, designers, and technologists who are building new ways of interacting with nature. The sculptural Plant-in City terrariums combine modular architecture, basic laws of physics, embedded technologies, and mobile computing to construct a Plant City where the aesthetic meets the pragmatic.
The frames holding the plants within the concept of Plant-in City contain fresh soil, an irrigation system and LED lights which provide a steady and reliable light source. The terrarium designs range from the simple to the extreme. Some plants are grounded in soil from the base of rectangular frame while others are suspended from wire up off the ground growing in vegetational heaps. Plants that naturally grow in cliff or mountain settings do not need soil to grow, allowing the designers to use them in the installations almost freely with marvelous results.
The future goal of this project is to create a Green City for these plants where people around the world can have a hand in controlling the plants’ environment, making sure they have all they need to be as healthy as possible.
The creators of the Plant-in City have a fondness for plants, they appreciate the clean air they provide us but they have noticed one flaw with plants; the downside, they need regular care, and they’re lousy communicators.
Plant-in City is a project that has a found a solution for this problem. With their interactive art they have been able to give plants a voice so their care has not only become simplified but beautiful.
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