Taking green roofs to a completely different level, interaction designer Marco Castro Cosio conceptualized Bus Roots, a public project that designs green roof systems for buses (We first covered the project when it was in the concept stage here.) Using green roofs and vertical gardens as inspirations, Bus Roots aims to increase green life in space-constrained cities by growing gardens on top of the thousands of buses traveling around cities. The first of these green roofs was installed on the roof of the BioBus that runs in and around New York City. Here’s what Cosio says about his project:
Reconnecting urban communities with nature in a practical and playful way. Bus roots is a public and playful project that uses plants as a creative medium. It connects the citizens with their community while trying to use the least amount of resources and improving the quality of the environment around it. A public transit bus has a surface of 340 ft2. The MTA fleet has around 4,500 buses. If we grew a garden on the roof of every one of the 4,500 buses in the MTA bus fleet, we would have 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city. The equivalent to Four Bryant Parks.