ABOUT


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.

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


PLANTS IN MOTION

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

PROTOTYPE III

















Bus Roots / Silver Bus from marco castro on Vimeo.

































PROTOTYPE University of Maryland









PROTOTYPE II / Lulu’s Food Truck in St. Louis
This Bus Roots prototype was installed thanks to Lulus Local Eatery truck in St. Louis. They are experienced farmers and having an edible garden made their food “hyperlocal”.


































Images by Lulu’s Local eatery
A year later























PROTOTYPE 1
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PROTOYTYPE ZERO

This was the initial prototype just to imagine how would a bus look like with plants on top. I had just taken a Toy Design class, so having this model helped me imagine a very playful interaction of the bus with the city and citizens.