An interactive installation at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London enables visitors to become part of a live greenhouse both physically and digitally.
London-based practice ecoLogicStudio have hung hundreds of transparent, plastic bags called photobioreactors from a ceiling, which contain various types of algae. Visitors are encouraged to blow through the long tubes attached to each of the bags – the carbon dioxide they naturally exhale oxygenates the algae enabling it to grow.
Each sack has its own QR code and by scanning this in through a smartphone, visitors can access information about the algae they have helped to nurture – this scan also prompts the phone user to Tweet about it. Over the four weeks, this information will be illustrated on a screen in the exhibition as a virtual garden, reacting live to the interaction it receives.
We have been tracking the interplay between architecture and science for some time now – see our recent In The Air report Miracle Materials: Bacteria & Algae, which details further projects exploring the potential of living architecture, also triggered by human interaction. Taking this a little further, HORTUS (Hydro Organism Responsive To Urban Stimuli) proposes the idea of a system which uses a digital interface to create an interactive and responsive symbiosis between humans and the environment. – Samantha Fox
Images courtesy of Architzer.