The Urban Algae Canopy is not simply a public sculpture create to make its immediate surrounding more interesting. It was designed to clean the air in cities. The first of its kind, it "uses micro-algae photosynthesis to produce the same amount of oxygen as four hectares of woodland" as well as up to 330 pounds of biomass per day, reports Psfk. Part of a movement called algaetecture, the Urban Algae Canopy could make a huge impact on people's lives as well as the environment.
Designed by ecoLogicStudio, the Urban Algae Canopy boasts a custom-designed four-layer ETFE cladding system and a CNC welded frame. Part of the studio's HORTUS series, the bio-digital structure will be part of the EXPO Milan 2015 Future Food Project curated by Italy-based architectural practice Carlo Ratti Associati.