Bus Roots

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AGRICULTURE FORNOMADIC LIFESTYLE

WHAT IS BUS ROOTS?
Recon­nect­ing urban com­mu­ni­ties with nature in a prac­ti­cal and play­ful way. Bus roots is a pub­lic and play­ful project that uses plants as a cre­ative medi­um.

BUS ROOTS TIME LAPSE VIDEO

It con­nects the cit­i­zens with their com­mu­ni­ty while try­ing to use the least amount of resources and improv­ing the qual­i­ty of the envi­ron­ment around it.

PURPOSE
Reclaim for­got­ten space, increase qual­i­ty of life and grow the amount of green spaces in the city.

BENEFITS OF PLANT LIFE IN THE CITY
Aes­thet­ic Val­ue
Mit­i­ga­tion of Urban Heat Island Effect
Acousti­cal and Ther­mal Insu­la­tion
Storm Water Reduc­tion
CO2 absorb­tion
Habi­tat Restora­tion
Storm Water Man­age­ment
Pub­lic Edu­ca­tion and Recre­ation
Reclaim­ing For­got­ten Real Estate

THE CITY ASLIVING ORGANISM
Nat­u­ral life, such as plants and ani­mals, is not very com­mon in the city. Most urban envi­ron­ments are lined with con­crete, steel and asphalt. The­se mate­ri­als help increase the tem­per­a­ture and pol­lu­tion in the cities. Some cities, like New York, have no sur­face to grow more green spaces.

PLANTS IN MOTION
Lit­tle research was found on the effects that motion has on plants. Bus Roots is an inter­est­ing excer­cise to talk around the fol­low­ing top­ics:

Nomadic and Urban Agri­cul­ture
Envi­ron­men­tal Reme­di­a­tion
New mod­els of life and edu­ca­tion
Migra­tion Pat­terns
Trans­porta­tion

GREEN ROOFS
Green roofs and ver­ti­cal gar­dens have been used as solu­tion to provide green life to space con­strained spaces.

In gen­er­al, there are two types of green roof setups, inten­sive and exten­sive.
Inten­sive green roofs have more plant diver­si­ty but need more soil and care.
Exten­sive green roofs can have a more lim­it­ed plant selec­tion but have a lighter weight and need less main­te­nance.

How­ev­er, even if green roofs and ver­ti­cal gar­dens could be added to every house and build­ing in the city. The arter­ies, the streets, can’t be lined with grass or liv­ing mate­ri­als.

RAISING THE ROOTS
A pub­lic tran­sit bus has a sur­face of 340 ft2. The MTA fleet has around 4,500 bus­es.

If we grew a gar­den on the roof of every one of the 4,500 bus­es in the MTA bus fleet, we would have 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city.

The equiv­a­lent to Four Bryant Parks.

THE PROTOTYPE
The first pro­to­type has been installed on the roof of the BioBus. It is the first bus with an exten­sive green roof sys­tem. It has been grow­ing for five months trav­el­ling around New York City and as far as Ohio, so far.

SEEKING SUPPORT
If you would like to know more or would like to sup­port the project please feel free to add your name to the mail­ing list or get in touch at:

www​.bus​roots​.org

http://​www​.flickr​.com/​p​h​o​t​o​s​/​b​u​s​r​o​ots

www​.mar​co​cas​tro​co​sio​.org
marco.​castro@​nyu.​edu

PRESS REVIEWS
Bus Roots has been reviewed in the fol­low­ing blogs:

PSFK
Huff­in­g­ton Post
World Sci­ence Fes­ti­val
Sci­ence­line
Garoli
Steer­ing News
Ide​al​ize​.nl

COMPETITIONS
Was the first run­ner up in the Deis­gn­wala Grand Idea Com­pe­ti­tion:

http://​www​.design​wala​.org/

EVENTS
Bus Roots has been with the BioBus at the fol­low­ing events:

Earth Fair
Worlds Sci­ence Fes­ti­val
Gath­er­ing fo the Vibes (Con­necti­cut)
Howl Fes­ti­val

Bus Roots will be at:

Mak­er Faire New York
Green Home Block Par­ty New York
USA Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing Fes­ti­val