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Lídia Cruz Afonso Portela

Design Description

Our Treepod module focuses on an hands-on low-cost approach to tree cultivation. The solution provides: 1. Two layers of non rigid recycled polyester geotextile woven pot with 120 L capacity, hosting a urban tree up to 10 years of age, depending on the root mass of the species; estimated price 1 € 2. Multi-purpose pouf of the same material, with zipper; contains 10 extra modules and can also be used to cultivate small greens; estimated price 20 € 3. Compost deposit, consisting of two geotextile layers with an inner layer of welded wire fence; estimated price 4 € 4. 3 wood posts with ground anchor to keep the 3 parts fixed during strong winds. estimated price 3 x (3€ +6€) = 25€ total cost, excluding the tree and the substrate: 50€ The cost of the substrate and the tree was excluded because it is non-standard and each city administration or even companies could provide both free of charge. The compost module could also just be a deposit, and the city would regularly empty its contents and compost in its own facilities. This design suits courtyards, building fronts, rooftops (with a different anchor system), open parking lots but also street parking lots and board-walks. A standard parking space with 4.8 x 2.4 m fits 3 modules. The first modules are deployed with an informative panel attached to the compost module, showing the inhabitants how they can create compost, open the bench module, take the geotextiles and reproduce the module.

How will your design encourage more people or cities to grow trees?

The project provides lightweight, cheap pods for young trees, ensuring the first phase of a reforestation process, while the city will be responsible for the permanent plantation phase. Therefore it encourages people to appropriate spaces, transforming them according to their desires in a straightforward way. The educational dimension allows people to learn that organic matter is plant food, helping with the maintenance of the trees, by watering, caring, and pruning them. So it does not only mimic the wind-driven dispersal of seeds, providing self-replication means, but also knowledge, allowing people to become advocates and agents of urban forestation.

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