A modular system of terrariums, Plant-In city is Architecture and Technology for plants.
A collaboration between architects, designers, and technologists who are building new ways of interacting with nature. Our 21st century sculptural terrariums combine modular architecture, basic laws of physics, embedded technologies, and mobile computing to construct a "Plant City" where the aesthetic meets the pragmatic.
The plants live in an artful structure that's nearly self-sustaining. Each frame is made with cedar wood and copper piping, containing built-in sensors that are activated by sun exposure, changes in soil moisture, humidity, temperature, and other natural cycles. These stats can be monitored and adjusted real-time via smartphone app. Once activated, these sensors translate the environmental data into sounds or visuals, creating an imaginary vibrant wilderness.
Plant-In City is a project initiated by Architects Huy Bui and Jon Schramm
, and UX Designer Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena
. After a successful Kickstarter
campaign, I was contracted to design and build the sensor network.
More Information: Plant-In City Website
Press: WIRED, Core 77, GOOD, Fast Company, Tree Hugger, Inhabitat.