Gallery: LO2P Giant Green Ferris Wheel Recycling Center Wins the 2011 e...

And a set of rotating filters capture the suspended particles in the air, pumping out fresh air into the city.
And a set of rotating filters capture the suspended particles in the air, pumping out fresh air into the city.

Traffic and pollution from cars is a major problem in New Delhi and while CNG buses for public transportation are becoming more popular, even more must be done. As public transportation and more fuel efficient vehicles come into use, the older, polluting cars will become obsolete, but are still full of resources that can be used. Atelier CMJN proposes to take these old cars and recycle them for parts and materials in order to construct their circular skyscrapers.

LO2P is one part recycling center, one part power plant and one part air filter – waste goes in and clean energy, air and food come out. The recycling loop serves as the structure for a large wind turbine as well as photovoltaic panels on the exterior that generate clean energy. The recycling center at the base of the tower produces waste heat and carbon dioxide, which are in turn used by the greenhouse to produce food and bio-fuel. And a set of rotating filters capture the suspended particles in the air, pumping fresh air into the city.

The recycling loop is an ingenious concept relying solely on wastes for its input stream to produce valuable materials and cleaner air. Like a vertical garden, the LO2P is an eco factory and is easily conceived in other locations around the world. We can’t wait to see this eco skyscraper in action one day.

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  1. drysonb July 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome invention. How would the design work on Mars where there is high wind velocity? Would the LO2P habit survive the strong winds and debris that would impact the structure?

    Being a space exploration enthusiast I am also looking for new and exciting ideas to present to others such as myself at forums such as Mars Drive where we continually keep ourselves busy with looking for the next big thing to take to Mars.

  2. Arch-query August 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hey geewhizbang. Im an Architecture student. My thesis year is coming up and for what i have in mind as my thesis topic, i might be needing a little help with making the structure sustainable. since you seem have a good grip over that domain, do you think could be help?

  3. geewhizbang March 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

    It’s pretty to look at but doesn’t make any engineering sense.
    The greenhouse should be part of structure that holds up the turbine, but it would look more like a conventional building that way, probably not as interesting visually but actually practical. The structure looks way too spindly and lightweight to me to be a real world design.

    The lowest edge of the blade should not be so close to the ground either since there isn’t much wind down there.

  4. mdollah March 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Wow, this is truly amazing!
    Just out of curiosity…do we know how one would get from the bottom to the top? Are there stairs? Curved Elevator? Bungee?

    I’m also wondering if perhaps this could be recreated in a smaller model for smaller towns as opposed to cities. Hmm…

    Great Design! Congrats to the winners!!!!


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