Some landscapes have actually been reclaimed from the damaging hand of industry, and while many neighborhoods and beaches around Los Angeles have developed into desirable public destinations, a project called Parasitic Insertions strives to reveal the hidden taps into the enormous Californian oil deposit.
Designer Blake Bethards explores how the city's architecture would alter if the remaining urban drilling sights were brought out into the light. A fantastical scene was conceived that revives the old drilling frameworks, but this time these are covered in a bio-lattice exoskeleton.
The fibrous web-like forms that envelope these Parasitic Insertions mimic the product of bio-refinement. Ingeniously, the architect suggests that the stringy tangled skin of these towers could become a small scale urban farm and a habitat for pollinators.
Parasitic Insertions Rebuilds Urban Derricks and Refines Function
1. Bio-lattice Exoskeletons - The use of bio-lattice exoskeletons in architecture offers a disruptive innovation opportunity to create functional and sustainable structures.
2. Urban Farming - Transforming architectural structures into small scale urban farms presents a disruptive innovation opportunity to increase food production in cities.
3. Habitat Integration - Designing structures as habitats for pollinators disruptively innovates urban planning by supporting biodiversity and ecological balance.
1. Architecture - The architectural industry can explore opportunities to incorporate bio-lattice exoskeletons and urban farming concepts into their designs, revolutionizing building practices.
2. Agriculture - The agricultural industry can adopt urban farming techniques to address food security challenges and promote sustainable practices within urban environments.
3. Ecology - The field of ecology can benefit from studying and integrating habitat integration practices to create more resilient and biodiverse urban ecosystems.