Plant-in City – designed by New York-based creative trio Huy Bui, Carlos Gomez and Jon Schramm – is an exciting living installation in the heart of Manhattan that’s designed to bring a little bit of nature to city dwellers.
The series of terrariums can be stacked to create green walls or used as individual pieces of art. Each cedar-framed module is equipped with copper pipes to carry water to the plants, integrated lighting and digital sensors that can detect changes in light, soil moisture and temperature. Visitors can also interact with the installation through their smartphones; they can trigger sounds, adjust the light levels and even water the plants.
The creators say: “We’re creating a space where a community who loves architecture, technology and plants can meet. We believe that interacting with plants will improve our lives.”
The project is still in the prototype stage – the creators are currently holding a fundraiser on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter to raise enough money to build a large-scale version.