Botanic Horizon - BoHo
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Botanic Horizon writes... ''Cities are mostly found in human friendly – resources rich – like agricultural or coastal environments. Growing cities depend on available space and therefore use the two sun exposed flat and vertical dimensions as intensively as possible. The flat expansion reduces often the most fertile and life supporting ground and its ecosystem, while vertical expansion does not offer the chance for the inhabitants to compensate the natural need of humans for a healing ecological environment. The gap between human demand and available ecological life support expands with the expansion of human settlement.
Botanic Horizon – BoHo - has the goal to close that gap and give the chance for humans to use their ability of creating vertical living spaces for expanding a healthy life supporting ecological system.
BoHo is a unique super light textile based horticulture system to grow seeds and cuttings from almost any plant. The simple construction design and easy handling and installation allow to use almost every vertical space and transfer existing and new facades into a garden accessible to people in vertical buildings. The semi-transparent rope structure inspires to realize all kinds of design and even allows garden installations in front of windows or glass facades.
The simple installation design and versatility of the system and plants to be grown make it easily transferable for indoor applications like greenhouses, basements or offices. Usually laboursome maintenance of a vertical garden suddenly becomes pleasant harvesting of herbs, vegetable, flowers, fruits and crops and a life supporting income.
Botanic Horizon is also offering to other ecosystem supporting technologies a hub to access façade spaces. So it is possible to combine PV-systems and plants in a successful symbiosis on the same façade and to transfer unused area into energy and food.
But it is not only energy and food. It is also shadowing and cooling the facades during the summer time, it is cleaning the air from pollutions, it is evaporating water and reinstalling the natural water circulation of the former horizontal flora, which transferred 40% of all incoming sunlight radiation into cooling evaporation. A façade with no evaporation of plants is fully exhibited to the sunlight and converts the sunlight radiation to a high amount into heat, which is transported through the façade into the building. Until now insulation and air condition is the answer to this phenomenon, diminishing more resources and adding more extra heat into the city.
Botanic Horizon offers the ecological way to fight that heat inside the buildings and in our streets and to bring back bio diversity and our life supporting ecosystem to where we need it''.
Energy + Area = Food