Arborsmithing has given way to ‘Biotecture’

For those who haven’t ever stumbled across arborsmithing (or ‘tree shaping‘), it’s essentially “the craft of cultivating and training perennial woody plants to grow into ornamental shapes and useful implements.” That means you shape trees naturally, over time, into things like chairs, ornaments and bridges. This obscure yet traditional method of taming nature has slowly given way to things like vertical gardens, embedded plants within architecture and the amalgamation of interior design and botany. This is both a reflection of the greening movement and the desire to be more natural within ones life – getting back in touch with the world around us rather than superimposing a virtual one.

We’ve seen plans for rooftop parks smack dab in the middle of San Francisco, vertical gardens brightening drab architecture, and now a brand new step in the world of biotecture; Lifewall

Lifewall essentially breaks down like this: It’s a modular tile system that can outfitted with any type of plant that will fit onto it. This allows for easy application and customization. When used in conjunction with another product called ‘Bionictile,’ made by the same company, the Lifewall tiles are able to suck pollution out of the air. Tests show that if just 200 buildings were coated with the Lifewall system, within a year, the equivalent amount of air 400,000 people breathe would be free of pollution from vehicles and industries.

Adam Hails

Senior insights officer and cultural/behavioral analyst at Culturewaves.

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