Gallery: Urban Earth Worm Skyscraper Roots Out Urban Soil and Air Pollu...

Earthworms are one of nature's hardest working critters; the soft, slimy, invertebrates are subterranean engineers, eating and pooping their way through the soil beneath our feet. Earthworm burrows create pores through which oxygen and water can enter and carbon dioxide can leave the soil, and along the way, they eat up toxic contaminants. Inspired by the altruistic role of the earthworm, South Korean designer Lee Seungsoo devised The Urban Earth Worm skyscraper: a tubular, burrowing structure that will clean up air and soil pollution in cities while helping to feed urban residents.

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