After the first artificial leaf capable of generating oxygen, today we know “Urban Algas Canopy” by EcologicStudio, a piece of bio-digital architecture that combines micro-algae and digital cultivation protocols in real time. Assembled at the 2015 Milan Expo, the structure is capable of controlling the flow of energy, water, and carbon dioxide based on weather patterns, visitor movements, and other environmental variables.
It is the first of its kind in the world, and once completed, this algae structure will be capable of producing the oxygen equivalent of four hectares of forest, along with about 149 kg of biomass per day.
Be careful, which does not mean that it is the same or equivalent to having 4 hectares of forests, since the function that these forests develop for our planet cannot be measured only by the oxygen they generate, they have other incalculable environmental benefits and can never be replaced.
Part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algas Canopy is the culmination of six years of research. A system consisting of three layers and was designed with the help of Taiyo Europe, which enhances the already exceptional properties of microalgae.
They have not disclosed the details of the device’s operation. Hopefully it will be realized and can have practical applications, it will not remain in the closet of forgotten environmental projects. We will be attentive to the progress in this project.