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Old 05-03-2014, 05:57 PM   #281
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Default Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rain To Fight Fires In Amazon





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In these times of global weirding, natural disasters can strike without rhyme or reason. Tornadoes, earthquakes, and forest fires appear more frequently and with more fury, even in areas as wild as the Amazon. To help protect this vital rainforest ecosystem from the destructive threat of fire, Chinese designers Jie Huang, Jin Wei, Qiaowan Tang, Yiwei Yu, and Zhe Hao conceived of a massive watertower skyscraper such as the world has never seen to stand watch over the Amazon. Called the “Rainforest Guardian,” this massive structure would serve as a water tower, a forest fire station, a weather station, and a scientific research center all rolled into one.

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the Rainforest Guardian would feature a spherical flat platform at its highest point, connected to the ground by a series of external arteries or “roots.”

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