Skyscrapers and city-scapes aren’t known for giving the green movement warm, fuzzy feelings, but a new generation of architects and engineers have been hard at work to change that nitty-gritty image and no idea inspires cuddling up to the concept of close cohabitation like the Strawscraper.
Designed by Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter, Strawscraper would harness wind power with something called piezoelectric technology, eliminating the need for wind turbines.
According to My Modern Met’s Jacob Paul Wiegmann:
Piezoelectricity works through the compression of specific crystals found inside the straws that coat the building. By covering the outside facade in millions of plastic bristles, not only will energy be created every time the wind blows but it will add a unique, ever-changing look to the building. The architects state: “What is usually considered to be the most static of all things, the building, suddenly comes alive and the construction gives the impression of a body that is breathing.”
Guess it’s time to start referring to the pant rather than the pulse of city life.
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