A City Tree is… well… what you can see in the photo. It is made of Plants and Moss that have a high level air purification ability making them really effective in cities, as 1 City Tree equals 275 normal trees in urban areas! A City Tree can furthermore cool the area around it and has a self-contained solar panel on top to provide for its power. Furthermore, it has a water collection tank for rain thus allowing it to self-water its ‘cells’.
Each ‘cell’ of the City Tree contains only moss and plants; no soil whatsoever. But not just any moss! It is special moss that helps taking care of fine dust concentration and then uses said dust as means to give minerals to the plants, negating the need for plant fertilisers. For every climate/country/region/city, there are different plants and moss that need be used in order to reach optimum productivity with the City Tree and while so far that was not such a great problem now that there are people interested from other countries about the City Tree, serious research is in order.
With a team of four –an Architect, a Mechanical Engineer, an I.T. and a Horticulturist– the company was created in 2014 and had three years of difficulties as it was really hard to impress the market. It is only now that they have started getting more widely known and are receiving commissions.
Aside from all these incredible facts about the City Tree, here are some further interesting facts about them:
- Most of the material used in making each City Tree comes from the Region of Saxony.
- The QR Code on each City Tree can be used for marketing or educational purposes.
- It has two benches!
by Artemis Nikolaidou-Vichou