One of the more interesting things I have found when researching architecture: biomimicry. This sort of reminds me of Vitruvius and the Primitive Hut, the idea that everything comes from a very simple and primitive root. I think that if mankind ever reaches the point that they can replicate everything in nature, they will have fully mastered technology with nowhere left to go.
Aibek Almassov Tree in the House
Celistic concept art by zellim
Somewhere in the faroes (I’ll keep it secret)
But imagine a whole community like this, in treehouses lined with solar-panels, built from reclaimed wood, stone, bamboo, and recycled glass, metals, perspex and carpet.
Trellises of vine-plants growing up the flatter walls, with planter-boxes on the curving ones. Rainwater tanks built from recycled materials perched on the upper balconies, with additional water-turbines on top of them to help generate just a bit more power when the rain comes. Rooftop flowerbeds, and wooden boxes housing native bee colonies.
These structures could be easily adapted to have ramps, making them wheelchair-accessible. Networks of houses connected by bridges so not to disturb the ground below.
Curvy structures are also very good for insulation (that’s why take-away cups are corrugated on the outside), so this kind of building would be a great option for places with extreme climates as well!
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Also known as green bridges, land bridges, or ecoducts, these are created to allow wildlife a safe way to cross major roads. Allowing free movement stops species populations from becoming isolated, and helps prevent animals from walking onto busy roads.
Wildlife bridges were pioneered in the Netherlands, where almost 50 have been built since 1988. Since then, the idea has been adopted across the world, by countries including Canada, Singapore, Australia, and various countries in the EU.
(I was reminded of these by a comment from @aspiringwarriorlibrarian about the effects of roads on wildlife.)
In the rays of sunset © Rock Rider
solarpunk and green roofs
grass roofs have been employed for centuries in northern europe, not only for their beauty but also their practicality. there are a lot of reasons why a solarpunk society would embrace this idea, and here’s just a few:
1. natural insulation
grass and plants can act as natural insulation at a fraction of the cost of artifical alternatives. not only do they maintain heat in cold climates and regulate cool in warmer ones, they also efficiently absorb and filter rainwater.
2. sound barrier
a great example of this is the chicago city hall which uses a grass roof to keep city noise from permeating the building. likewise, this is a desirable feature in both commercial and domestic settings.
grass roofs can act as air purifiers, enhancing air quality. i think this explains itself.
garden roofs can not only foster biodiversity in plants, but also create havens for animals and insects. with bee populations dwindling, roofs could act as the perfect stomping ground for these important organisms, among others.
grass roofs look incredible, and other planted roofs (e.g. with succulents and flowers) even more so. they also help buildings to blend into the natural environment, enhancing the surrounds and preventing the visible signs of urbanisation.
6. agricultural potential
garden roofs could easily be used to plant crops, encouraging local living and minimising food miles as well as posing an educational opportunity for children to see their food go from
fieldroof to plate. this would also mean that less land would have to be sacrificed to agriculture and thus could be preserved in its natural, wild state.
feel free to add your thoughts!