Discover How These Urban Innovations Will Improve Your City
The Huffington Post - 11/10/2016
Anthony Di Mari of Northeastern University’s School of Architecture dreamed up these piezoelectric trees to help irrigate public parks and light them at night. The piezoelectric trees contain a polycarbonate and mesh infill that collects water from rainfall and airborne moisture. The water is then distributed through a shallow underground irrigation system with the help from the trees’ swaying movement. A piezoelectric motor converts energy from the oscillations of the artificial trees into electricity, which is used to light up the trees’ exterior LEDs. Di Mari’s piezoelectric trees are proof that the intersection of design and technology can yield a powerful concept that maintains the aesthetics of public green spaces while keeping them healthy and sustainable.