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  • Poncho Gutiérrez

    This technology could help us bridge a knowledge gap that we've created through migration to the cities and loss of agricultural abilities. We need to stop thinking that "Nature" (I think you meant God) "created" a "perfect system". Natural relationships evolve around what works and what does not, it is rather low-fi. We are part of this constantly evolving network of relationships and we can enhance the wellbeing of plants. Imagine urban agriculture or ecosystem recovering technologies in which plants that tell us if they need watering through a mobile app! This is very cool.

  • terrie.chan

    Beautiful setup, organization, and idea implementation. You mentioned the "internet of plant" idea and the powerful force of the internet and social media - could you expand on how it is possible integrate Plant-in-Cities within the digital world? Or are you talking about spreading ideas? Great work, wish I was in New York to see this.

    • Plant-in City

      We see these designs as a potential ‘Internet of plants’ where global communities share and are connected by a network of plant cities.

      We can reveal the nuances of the reconstructed nature, through our documentation of their well being based on environmental data (light exposure, humidity, soil moisture) or even the music we share with them. It's certainly about spreading ideas, we plan on making our designs open-source and our R&D process public through art installations and hope other communities participate and share their own findings. It's always a work-in progress and collaboration is part of our process.

  • Alex Gorosh

    This is a very cool idea, and beautiful too. I'm curious if technology like this actually offers a more sustainable way to grow plants or if this is just a gorgeous example of bringing nature indoors. Do these systems require less electricity than if the plants were grown in a different manner? Are there any plans to integrate worms or other animal life to create more of a complete system where one's waste becomes another's energy? If the principles of Permaculture were more integrated into this design, I could see this becoming a worldwide trend. Overall though, great work and thanks for posting.

    • Plant-in City

      These are excellent ideas and we are beginning at the premise of Plant-in City as a basic framework of an open-source system in both the digital and physical realm. The project can be a platform to test and integrate appropriate systems to achieve a more complete one. The idea of integrating Permaculture is quite powerful and we invite bio-engineers, scientist, artist etc., to participate and introduce their ideas as well. As architects by formation it is our nature to integrate all of this in a beautiful way.

    • lily rothrock

      great questions, i'd like to know too! truly is a gorgeous way of bringing plants indoors.

  • lily rothrock

    it's a great concept, however plants don't need all that technology. wouldn't it be more sensible to just have plants in nature and let nature take care of them? seems wasteful to grow them like this, just like growing weed indoors. nature created the perfect system for everything, why try to change it? also, the exhibit seems very dark. where's the natural lighting, at least? our pineal glands respond differently to artificial lighting, why would plants react any differently? i'd be quite the depressed plant hooked up to an IV living in a dark room all my life.

    • huybuiNYC

      The project is centered around plants and how we, humans can use technology to create new ways of interacting with them.
      I agree that nature created a perfect system, but human intervention is disrupting this "perfect system". We must attempt to reconstruct nature to some capacity. It'll never be the "perfect" but at least it will integrate into our urban fabric.

      This photograph was probably taken during the evening, note that cities in the northern hemisphere have almost less than 4-10 hours of daylight during the winter. I also think this concept is more city centric - imagine urban indoor parks, in London, Oslo, New York, or Paris illuminating during the dead of winter.

      • lily rothrock

        and a valiant effort at reconstruction, i must say! i don't mean to come off so harsh. i believe your intention is pure and loving.

        • Plant-in City

          we always welcome critique and will say, that reconstructing a viable nature is quite challenging but it has to happen, especially cities. We are starting with this idea and hope to earn more support from various communities to develop project further and thank you for your feedback.