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Tree Windscreen

Andrew Thurlow

High, constant wind pressures coming off of the San Francisco bay, detrimentally affect city sidewalk tree growth. This design proposal for a temporary windscreen, or armoring for trees, utilized computational fluid dynamics for performative optimizations. Formally, surface areas were designed to shield the tree from strong winds while simultaneously providing for natural sunlight and carbon dioxide. Materially, titanium dioxide coated ceramic tiles biomimetically purify harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, via photocatalytic scrubbing. Ultimately, the windscreens intend to promote increased resilience while further signifying our city’s largest natural infrastructure.

See Andrew’s other work

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    Anouk Wipprecht’s “Faraday dress”