TEAM PIXEL (Prashasya Lochan & Vishesh Sahni)

Keywords: Bio-sequestration, Vertical Urban Village, Global Warming, Algae Bioreactors


Vitrine City investigates the future of urban mixed use complexes designed to be vertical villages that capture carbon from the atmosphere mitigating global warming. The project is designed on the concept of urban villages being interpreted as a new hybrid where each singular built unit stands as an industry looking at production of goods or services. The site standing adjacent to a primary movement corridor- ‘The Golf Course Road’ is a testament of the main road typology where retails/commercial activities are set up on either sides of the road with street branching into typological set up with small industries. The puncture of urban villages at the end of the branches make of a individual industrial function, imagining a futuristic scenario where the concept of ‘drones’ and ‘Uber elevate’ comes into play the typical idea of the entrance being commercial get divided from to the two entrances that’s is the ground floor where the pedestrian and the vehicular entrance is from and the top level where the entrance through the drones is. Using this concept, taking the symbolic horizontal movement corridor (The Golf Course Road) was titled vertically for the programmatic distribution in the tower. The 45floor high tower had algae tubes running all along its facade that absorb carbon from the atmosphere through the process of bio-sequestration and from the height achieved acts visually as a provocative for the need of action towards increasing carbon content in the atmosphere. This project at micro level, acts as a micro algae capsule that sequesters co2 by making use of nutrients like sun energy, water and carbon . This when aggregated at meso level forms a panel made up of either flexible etfe coils or rigid etfe panels with an opening at the bottom right end, allowing nutrition (sun energy, water and growth medium) to flow into the caps-ule, and as water flows through the capsule, algae breaks down the atmospheric carbon into biomass through photosynthesis and releases it along with water, which is recycled. If such a tower is replicated for its ecological component all across the globe the absorption of carbon on such a large scale would help in mitigating global warming.