By Jorge Sanchez Coloma on Dec 09, 2008
Thanks to Enrique Dans's blog i found Urbanarbolismo an amazing arquitecture website with its blog by Jordi Serramia. I'm sure if someday i build my own house you will be one of my principal contacts. Thanks Jordi i follow your blog also. Please, politicians and builders of everywhere in the world look this ideas, study it carefully and make moves on this directions.
Now i watch this new on the blog, from other architect Alberto Estevez the project called genetic Barcelona, where they are working to aply genetic to architecture. I cut&paste what Urbanarbolismo mention :
"It goes long what i can imagine.
Several years ago we discover GFP protein, it's responsable of the light in several jellyfish. Alberto Estevez has been the architect who aply GFP protein in the architecture.
Phosphorescent lemon trees gleam in Barcelona. There isn't many words to say, potential energy save?, easy way to produce it? simple idea cost?. The pictures talk by itself. Forums looks opposite opinions about it. For me it's most important that this project it's not an utophy, it could be develop tomorrow and it means a radical change in architecture. Nevertheless i doubts any politic knows it apart of Barcelona one.
Last update : Alberto T. Estevez has inform to Urbanarbolismo: “… The project Genetic Barcelona is in the second phase, Fundació La Caixa (bank social foundation) and Generalitat (local region goverment) are the sponsor… we are trying to be efficiency in terms of light using several tree types, we are developing other ways and targets… …we have the first laboratory of genetic architecture of the history, the fist in the world where genetics works for research goals made by an architect…”
At the end my favorite sentence :
"Who knows, soon trees will be the best way to light our cities in a economic way. Afterall, we'll have a reason to plant them."
My point of view, first it looks pretty nice, it's a cost save effective for sure, but if i have to think as an ecologist what does it means?. Well, it's a new sub-group of trees human made, what in theory it's not good, but in the other hand is less contamination, less visual impact and at the end more trees means more oxygen, more forest percentage. Imagine by a while if all the street lamps will be replaced by "light trees". It really means too many trees, two many oxygen, two many potential birds, insects, worms, etc (biodiversity in general). But it will be so nice, i mean, will the tree be as a regular tree for itself, other flora and fauna?. If so, i'm completely enthusiastic !!!.
Another thing to long your life, read new and cool things to imagine the future, even closer !!!