bhutanesk
creating urban carbon sinks for a cleaner world
In 2020, Bhutan is the only CO2-negative country in the world. The project Bhutanesk sets CO2-neutrality in urban areas as its goal.
While it is important to preserve existing green spaces in cities, it is even more crucial to expand these areas. Green Spaces can convert carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and store it in the form of sugars through photosynthesis.
Bhutanesk focuses on turning sealed surfaces such as pavements, marketplaces, and pedestrian zones into urban green spaces.
A newly developed paving stone makes 87% of the area accessible to native mosses and other ground covers without depriving the areas of their actual function. The paving stone is made of a lime-based concrete with the help of bacteria (MICP-Process). This biocemented material is near CO2-neutral in its production and able to store water.
In addition to being a carbon sink, Bhutanesk provides better air quality for cities, cooler temperatures and prevents flooding.
Concept and prototype 2020 by Max O'Dell supervised by Prof. Marion Meyer
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SEM images of MICP-treated sand grains coated with calcite | Reprinted from "Review on geotechnical engineering properties of sands treated by microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and biopolymers"
SEM images of MICP-treated sand grains coated with calcite | Reprinted from "Review on geotechnical engineering properties of sands treated by microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and biopolymers"
SEM images of MICP-treated glassbeads with precipitated calcite minerals | Reprinted from "Review on geotechnical engineering properties of sands treated by microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and biopolymers"
SEM images of MICP-treated glassbeads with precipitated calcite minerals | Reprinted from "Review on geotechnical engineering properties of sands treated by microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) and biopolymers"
SEM images of MICP-treated glassbeads with precipitated calcite minerals | Reprinted from "bioMASON®"
SEM images of MICP-treated glassbeads with precipitated calcite minerals | Reprinted from "bioMASON®"
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early concept: Rooftop Forest
early concept: Rooftop Forest
early concept: Green Sidewalk
early concept: Green Sidewalk
early concept: Urban Parasite
early concept: Urban Parasite