Inspiration

Artificial Microclimates – Zaryadye Park by DS+R

The DillerScofidio+Renfro design for the new Zaryadye Park in Moscow aims to bring tundra, forest, steppe and wetlands to the city. This is done by creating artificial microclimates for each landscape topology. Wind, temperature and daylight are regulated in order to create zones for these microclimates. …Read More!

The Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for the new Zaryadye Park in Moscow aims to bring tundra, forest, steppe and wetlands to the city. This is done by creating artificial microclimates for each landscape topology. Wind, temperature and daylight are regulated in order to create zones for these microclimates. The designers also talk about ”wild urbanism” which aims to create a ”raw interface between buildings and landscape”. The park has a paving system that gradually…
Inspiration

Moving Indoors

The fall has arrived here in Finland and the outdoor growing season is almost over. Now it’s a good time to start new experiments with indoor plants. We built a small glass jar moss terrarium by collecting a couple of small moss patches. We also placed a Tillandsia epiphyte in another small jar, no soil needed. It will be interesting to see if and how these will survive through the winter.
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The Green Train – The Turntable by Dodo

The environmental organization Dodo has built an interesting urban farming laboratory called Turntable on top of an old train turntable in Pasila, Helsinki. The Turntable has a greenhouse, an urban farm, a cafe and even a bouldering wall. The Turntable hosts all sorts of open events from urban farming workshops to punk concerts. Places like this really make cities worth living in. Let’s hope the city is clever enough to not destroy it when central…
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Hiding Behind the Leaves – The Growroom

At this year’s Helsinki Design Week we stumbled into this mesmerizingly green urban hideaway. The Growroom is designed by SPACE 10 and architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum. The structure of the Growroom consists of 17 sheets of plywood that are CNC-cut to form and connected by wood joints and metal screws. On top of this wooden structure you can start your urban farm. The Growroom can also be used as an urban meeting place. And…
Inspiration

Drop by Drop – Plant Based Water Filtration

Drop by Drop is a fascinating plant based water filtration system by Pratik Ghosh. The proof of concept can filtrate a glass of water in 12 hours. The biology and the scalability prospects of this ”mini biosphere” are very interesting. Be sure to check out the more detailed project description on the Kikando web page.

Drop by Drop is a fascinating plant based water filtration system by Pratik Ghosh. The proof of concept can filtrate a glass of water in 12 hours. The biology and the scalability prospects of this ”mini biosphere” are very interesting. Be sure to check out the more detailed project description on the Kikando web page.
Videos

Update: Moss Mobile

This short animation shows the Moss Mobile installed in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The Mobiles roll with the wind, creating an interesting new element to the bare cityscape.

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This short animation shows the Moss Mobile installed in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The Mobiles roll with the wind, creating an interesting new element to the bare cityscape.
Nature Cots

Moss Mobile

Moss Mobile is a kinetic nature installation for a shadowy area. A selection of pleurocarpous and acrocarpous mosses grow on fabric that is tensioned over a lightweight steel frame. The Mobile can be suspended between existing structures such as buildings. The spiral is connected to the suspension cables through a bearing system so its free to spin with wind. The Mobile gets irrigation from a drip tube that is connected to the roof drainage of an…
Inspiration

Nature For All Senses – The Sensory Garden in Kaisaniemi

Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden in Helsinki has a wonderful Sensory Garden that is well worth a visit. The garden features a wealth of plants you can look at, smell, touch and taste. And the best thing is, it’s free for everyone! There are specific zones for each sense, for instance in touch zone you have a wide range of plants from velvety soft lamb’s ear to pointy junipers. There’s even a bare foot path to tickle…
Nature Cots

Deadwood Crown – Urban Biodiversity Booster

The Deadwood Crown is an urban biodiversity booster that consists of logs. It provides a home for many species of flora, fauna and fungi and a place for relaxation and reflection for us humans. The Crown is composed of deadwood logs of different sizes and ages and in various stages of decay. The logs come from trees that are cut down in the urban area, for instance during park maintenance or when clearing a construction…
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Vine Wings – Rapid Deployment Nature

The Vine Wings is a vine installation that can be easily moved to an urban development site. The Wings work as ”rapid deployment nature” that can add volume to the urban nature of a new area, fast. It can be also placed next to a construction site wall to ameliorate the disturbance caused by the construction work. The Vine Wings consist of two steel trellis ”wings”, a planter pot with wheels and incorporated seating. The…