15 Apr '11, 6pm

WebEcoist: Detox Towers: Architecture that Cleans Urban Air

WebEcoist: Detox Towers: Architecture that Cleans Urban Air

Buildings are among the largest contributors to anthropogenic climate change – but could they be part of the solution instead? One concept for urban architecture doesn’t just cut the structures’ environmental footprint through energy and resource efficiency, but actually uses the buildings to clean the air. Detox Towers , a finalist in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, uses bio-filters made of algae and synthetic membranes to strip pollutants from the atmosphere. Though highly efficient buildings running on renewable energy are a big step up from the wasteful urban infrastructure that is currently in place in most of the world’s largest cities, simply reducing greenhouse gas emissions may not be enough as emerging global economies put an even bigger strain on resources and release ever more toxins into the air. The creators of the Detox Towers concept, BIOMSgroup and ...

Full article: http://webecoist.com/2011/04/15/detox-towers-architecture...

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