[UCS] Urban Carbon Sink

AUTHOR: Natalia Andriotis



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Prototypes: Scenario Games: Action Plan:


London has an increasingly growing economy with increased industrial production that is having a large impact on the rest of the world. With the rise in CO2 emissions, the capital city has an obligation to promote carbon neutral urban development. The Urban Carbon Sink is a carbon reducing prototype that promotes the use of new technologies to to reduce the CO2 emissions from existing and new developments. The [UCS] is a cladding system that grows algae [In61] using hydroponic techniques to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and to release O2 back into it. The biomass is also collected for the production of biofuel [In61]. This prototype is able to transform itself at various scales to adapt to a variety of typologies and thus allowing itself to proliferate within the urban context.


The [UCS] is instantly recognisable as a vertical green formation within the urban fabric, with the ability to create a prominent marker within any context. Its incorporation of live organic matter means that its visual identity is continuously changing, with the density of organic matter varying at different heights and therefore varying exposure to sunlight as well as different times of year. The prototype is in a state of continuous transformation. _________________________________________________________________________________________


The [UCS] is applied in a vertical formation, plugging itself onto existing and new buildings and structures. It has the ability to adapt its generic form to any context, thus creating a new typology within the city fabric. Its form is determined by the structure that it is applied to, changing in scale and frequency as it is grows in various situations within the city.


The prototype creates a complex system of micro-structures, interwined amongst the existing fabric of the city. The flow of economy determines its growth within the city, such that new developments encourage its incorporation. The flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic remains unaffected by its presence.


The [UCS] relies on government, local planning councils, venture capitalists and developers to implement the prototype in both new and existing developments. Stakeholders range from local businesses and residents who both have a responsibility to accept this change and to promote it. New government regulations [Pl61] can also implement its growth among new developments.