This amazing canopy melds nature and technology into something awesome!
EcoLogicStudio in London has designed an Urban Algae Canopy, which produces the same amount of oxygen daily as a forest of 40,000 square meters. This cutting-edge technology was unveiled this week at Expo Milano 2015 Future Food District. The prototype is the world’s first bio-digital canopy, integrating micro-algal cultures and real time digital cultivation protocols within a unique architectural cladding system.
Once completed, the Urban Algae Canopy will produce the oxygen equivalent of four hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day, 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins. Designers say: “In EcoLogicStudio we believe that it is now time to overcome the segregation between technology and nature typical of the mechanical age, to embrace a systemic understanding of architecture. In this prototype the boundaries between the material, spatial and technological dimensions have been carefully articulated to achieve efficiency, resilience and beauty.”