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Crazy Spike Covered Algae Powered Skyscraper Filters Polluted City Air
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On June 28, 2010 @ 10:45 am In Air quality,Architecture,Environment | 2 Comments
The ‘City Respiration Skyscraper ’ might look malicious with its spiky exterior, but its intentions are 100% benevolent. Designed by Czech architects Pavlína Doležalová and Jan Smékal, the spiraling tower is a 240 meter-high structure covered by air-cleaning algae . The designers envision that a network of these prickly scrapers could be strategically placed in the most polluted areas of a city to have its air cleaned in just a couple of weeks.
The building’s outer cellular structure is comprised of a cluster of spiky concrete units inspired by sea sponges. This tower itself works as a chimney where polluted air can be gathered, filtered and oxygenated by the algae  and a specialized water-sprayed system. We’ve seen other types of purifying skyscrapers , and the idea of having an office building or other structure do double duty as filters seems very promising.
Via Evolo 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/city-respiration-system.jpg
 City Respiration Skyscraper: http://www.evolo.us/architecture/algae-powered-skyscraper-filters-air-in-polluted-cities/
 air-cleaning algae: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/08/algae-powered-latro-lamp-transforms-co2-into-light/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/city-respiration-system-3.jpg
 algae: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/04/eads-develops-first-algae-fuel-powered-aircraft/
 purifying skyscrapers: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/08/water-purification-skyscraper-purifies-jakarta-rivers/
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