Real Fiction | Helping a City Breath Again

by Kathleen Bainbridge from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), Spain
Tutored by: Eric Ruiz-Guli + Mireia Luzárraga

Author comments:

Real fiction requires a little faith - she belongs in a different world. A world that has faced the same environmental challenges as ours, but, they have sort to overcome them. Not with the removal of the technology but through it, using our science to grow and to clean. To take a dirty city and use it as fuel.

Humans have had a huge impact on the environment, irreversibly changing the way plants evolve. But what if we were to use this to our advantage?
Surveys of forest growth over the past 100 years show that trees are growing at the fastest rate in human history. Increased CO2 in the air has promoted photosynthesis, growth and improved the cellular strength of trees. Real Fiction takes this further.
Investing in a section of the city, the streets have been used as a catchment area for CO2 rich rainwater. The responsible use of cloud seeding has Agl released into the atmosphere, to encourage water vapour to condense, locking in CO2 and other pollutants into the water, to temporarily clean the atmosphere and harvest food for the trees. When the water is collected it can be directly injected into the trees in a hydroponic style of cultivation, maximising the food they receive to promote growth.

Tree plantations typically take an 25 years to become substantial enough to be used for construction. Imagine doing this in two years. To have a tree which is thinner, taller but stronger than its natural counterpart.

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