SEARCH

CityTree by Green City Solutions

by Simon Yuen on Mar 29, 2016 in Lifestyle
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on Sina WeiboShare on Tencent WeiboEmail this to someone
Images courtesy Green City Solutions

Images courtesy Green City Solutions

Air pollution is one of the major urban problems across big cities around the world, but German company Green City Solutions believes it has found the solution with its innovative new CityTree, a seemingly perfect combination of nature and design

Air pollution is a prolonged urban issue, but governments around the world are still looking for ways to effectively tackle the problem. Figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that outdoor air pollution claimed the lives of 3.7 million people in 2012, representing 6.7 per cent of total deaths that year. Causing lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, air pollution has reached critical levels, with developing countries reporting higher casualties due to limited resources to deal with the crisis.

In Hong Kong, Green City Solutions is now in negotiation with various organisations and the government about installing CityTree across the city, as seen in this artist's impression

In Hong Kong, Green City Solutions is now in negotiation with various organisations and the government about installing CityTree across the city, as seen in this artist's impression

Trees, the lungs of the planet, are the obvious solution, being precisely designed to absorb and reduce roadside pollutants, but in big cities such as Hong Kong, scarcity of land makes planting them difficult. Enter German company Green City Solutions, whose CityTree promises to be a ground-breaking development to solve air pollution. Comprising a combination of more than 1,700 moss plants, CityTree naturally absorbs airborne pollutants to help improve roadside air quality.

"Each CityTree can reduce air pollution within a radius of 50 metres by 30 per cent. This amount is equal to 275 oak trees, which means a CityTree takes up less than one per cent of land compared to oak trees," says Dénes Honus, CEO and co-founder of Green City Solutions, a biotech and Internet of Things (IoT) startup.

CityTree was developed by German startup Green City Solutions, comprising (from left to right) Liang Wu (CIO), Dénes Honus (CEO and co-founder), Peter Sänger (COO) and Victor Splittgerber (CTO)

CityTree was developed by German startup Green City Solutions, comprising (from left to right) Liang Wu (CIO), Dénes Honus (CEO and co-founder), Peter Sänger (COO) and Victor Splittgerber (CTO)

A network of tangible objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity, IoT enables these objects to collect and exchange data. Along with solar power and water reservoirs, IoT offers significant convenience in maintaining CityTree, which subsequently requires just a few hours of maintenance a year.

This is an excerpt from the “A Pollution Solution" article from the April 2016 issue of Perspective magazine.

To continue reading, get your copy of Perspective.

, , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

  • best_DJI_0244_by1kmStudioKevinMak

    Rise to the challenge


    Steep slopes, difficult access and a remote location were among the challenges for Hong Kong-based practice ALT-254 to create the villa residences on Indonesia’s Lombok Island

    Posted on Dec 11, 2019
    View
  • Photo 4 Roger Wu - Chief Curator

    A tale of two cities


    Community engagement will play a key role in the 2019 edition of the biennale architectural event

    Posted on Dec 10, 2019
    View
  • hd_aw18_xmas38_cw

    Holidays by Design


    Hong Kong architects and designers pick their favourite holiday retreats

    Posted on Dec 10, 2019
    View
  • DSC_1405

    M+ and then some


    Exclusive interview with the mastermind behind the new cultural space in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District

    Posted on Dec 10, 2019
    View
Top