Concerned about the concentration of benzene or formaldehyde in your immediate environment? Here's a beautifully designed modular filtering system that hydroponically feeds common house plants, leaving their toxic avenging roots exposed to clean your air.
University of Toronto researchers have designed the "filtration block" using some complicated geometry—see tetrakaidecahedrons and dodecahedrons—and some very simple botany—think spider plants and other office favorites. Explains Elaine Tong on the site for the University of Toronto's Responsive Architecture at Daniels (RAD) program:
The structure is based on the Weaire Phelan geometry for maximum spatial flexibility. The modules lock together to form a structural wall or ceiling system. Each module is glazed for light exposure, and acts as a micro greenhouse. The plants are sustained by a water misting infrastructure that calibrates the delivery of water though the use of humidity sensors and atomizers.
We think Bucky Fuller would gives this contraption two big thumbs up.
Image via RAD