Fake Plastic Trees For Our Urban Future

faketrees4A Parisian design team has conceived the Treepod, a synthetic tree that soaks up CO2 and expels oxygen without requiring water, soil, or years spent growing to full size. Should our planet’s trees be killed off by plague, pollution, or water shortfalls, this is what will fill the void. Via My Modern Metropolis:

When tasked with creating a synthetic urban tree for the City of Boston (or any city) that could provide all the benefits of a real tree (de-carbonization and protection) without requiring soil and water, a team from Paris rose to the challenge. Their innovative concept is called Treepods. The systems are capable of removing carbon dioxide from the air and releasing oxygen using a carbon dioxide removal process called “humidity swing.”

Inspired by dragon blood trees, its wide branches and umbrella style tops support large solar panels. After some testing, they found out that the trees couldn’t be powered by the sun alone so they added interactive hammocks and see-saws to the base of the tree, so that humans could help create a secondary source, through kinetic energy.

The Treepods are made entirely of recycled plastic drinking bottles and light up at night.

Of course, this all begs the question, why not just plant real trees in the city? New trees would take a long time to grow, whereas these fake trees could be up and running in no time.

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  • Haystack

    Inspired by dragon blood trees, its wide branches and umbrella style tops support large solar panels. After some testing, they found out that the trees couldn’t be powered by the sun alone so they added interactive hammocks and see-saws to the base of the tree, so that humans could help create a secondary source, through kinetic energy.

    So in other words, they designed a manual oxygen pump that’s shaped like a tree.

  • Haystack

    Inspired by dragon blood trees, its wide branches and umbrella style tops support large solar panels. After some testing, they found out that the trees couldn’t be powered by the sun alone so they added interactive hammocks and see-saws to the base of the tree, so that humans could help create a secondary source, through kinetic energy.

    So in other words, they designed a manual oxygen pump that’s shaped like a tree.

  • Haystack

    Inspired by dragon blood trees, its wide branches and umbrella style tops support large solar panels. After some testing, they found out that the trees couldn’t be powered by the sun alone so they added interactive hammocks and see-saws to the base of the tree, so that humans could help create a secondary source, through kinetic energy.

    So in other words, they designed a manual oxygen pump that’s shaped like a tree.

  • Karate_girl16

    This is great! Although these new trees will not provide all the benefits that real trees do, such as, the roots holding soil to prevent erosion. These new tree offer alot, but lets not forget that there are unseen benefits of real trees, so let’s keep planting them along side of putting up these new ones.

  • Karate_girl16

    This is great! Although these new trees will not provide all the benefits that real trees do, such as, the roots holding soil to prevent erosion. These new tree offer alot, but lets not forget that there are unseen benefits of real trees, so let’s keep planting them along side of putting up these new ones.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    I’d rather have real trees with lights in them. But that would require human beings to take full responsibility for their actions in life–not only humans but also “corporate persons.” Since that might not happen any time soon, at least we’ll have OXYGEN coming from somewhere . . . since that’s required to live, after all.

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    I’d rather have real trees with lights in them. But that would require human beings to take full responsibility for their actions in life–not only humans but also “corporate persons.” Since that might not happen any time soon, at least we’ll have OXYGEN coming from somewhere . . . since that’s required to live, after all.

  • Anonymous

    I’d put elevated acrylic tanks of algae shaped like trees. Then we could harvest food/biofuel as the algae kept growing and use them to filter water or eat waste. Why make what nature already provides?

  • greengestalt

    I’d put elevated acrylic tanks of algae shaped like trees. Then we could harvest food/biofuel as the algae kept growing and use them to filter water or eat waste. Why make what nature already provides?

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