Living Machine: a different perspective of green


Name: Gülnur Aktaş

Nationality: Turkish

Institution / Company: Tobb University of Economics and Technology


-FINALIST of Manhattan Wildscraper Competition


Air and river pollution are one of the most important of Manhattan’s problems. While trying to create a solution proposal to these problems, Living Machine aims to bring breathing spaces to the city. The design is created by distorting the no longer functioning Manhattan grid in the third dimension. The algae grown in the tubes of this structure take CO2 from the air and give it O2, thanks to their carbon separation properties. Algae, which can also produce biofuels during this transformation, constitute an important energy source for the city. Living machine uses this energy to convert river waste, rainwater and distributing extra energy to surrounding buildings. The sunlight needed by the algae for the operation of the system was taken by rising above the Manhattan height, but the units were concentrated at the city height for minimum touch to the urban light. Working like a living organism, a vertical tree, Living Machine conducts research with algae to differentiate the use of green in architecture. The design, which is self-sufficient, cleans the air that every living thing breathes, cleans the river and creates public gardens for the city, aims to significantly increase biodiversity for Manhattan in the future.


#Algae&AirCleaner #AirQuality&HeathIslandControl #GreenRoofs&GreenWalls #RecyclingForTheCity #UrbanParks&CommunityGardens

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