May 16, 2013
Architects and aesthetes just love to disguise ugly infrastructure. We’ve seen so many kinds of proposals, from electrical substations made over with tiles and mirrors to highways trellised with ivy. Now the folks at AZPA want to dress up a coal-fired power plant outside Hamburg as a resplendent green “mountain” surrounded by new public park.
With a porous, mesh-like cladding that will support CO2-hungry creepers, the revamped plant would play a role in cleaning the air that it is also polluting. Can a lush, vegetated power plant become a genuine public good, or is this just a brilliant stroke of greenwashing? Read more!