The Explorative Canopy Trail Project by Yi Yvonne Weng is an environmental solution to effectively study the biological secrets of the rainforest.
The lightweight system of netting will rest atop the tall canopies of the rainforest. The fabric of the netting will be made of superstrong tensile that will stretch over large areas, therefore spreading the weight of humans, but allowing birds and small animals to filter through. The system comes complete with a teardrop-shaped space where researchers may touch down to the floor and access the full length of the tree.
Since 70 percent of cancer drugs use ingredients that are found in plants discovered in these lush ecosystems, this breakthrough idea allows scientists to do their job in a manner that is less destructive and potentially much more accessible than it is right now. The idea has already won a Foster + Partners Prize.