British designer Adam Shephard has collaborated with engineer Bill Ballard, to create a system that harnesses the energy that is slowly produced by a tree’s growth. Aptly titled ‘Arbor Facere’ (tree factories), Shephard has proposed a system that “challenges the culture of high-speed fabrication and consumption, by suggesting a ‘slow’ system of assembly.”
Trees are outfitted with technological devices that channel the energy from their growth, as explained by designboom:
–the naturally occurring forces of pressure that develop over an extended period of time–to produce objects normally associated with high-speed and often ecologically irresponsible production, in this case injection moulding, changing our perception of a tree as a part of nature, into one that envisions them as industrial machines, essentially, the forest as factory.
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Projected tree factory