Here on TreeHugger we sometimes write about ideas that may not be necessarily 'green' in the practical sense, but get us envisioning about what kind of world we want to live in. Using inflatable, inhabitable forms that are suspended and connected to one another with ropes, experimental Frankfurt-based Argentine architect Tomás Saraceno proposes intriguing, human-made biospheres that reflect the underlying interactive dialogue between people and their environments. See the video of his latest work, Cloud Cities, which is currently on view at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin:
These floating forms hang in a spiderweb network of connections that respond to human touch; two out of the twenty balloons have entries into a seemingly gravity-defying interiors.
Other balloons house succulents, which appear to be fed by an irrigation system. The balloons themselves are weighted down by water-filled balloons.
Like inflatable treehouses, one can almost imagine a city of these geometric pods hanging amongst the trees. Inspired by the works of Buckminster Fuller and Yona Friedman, Cloud Cities offers an unconventional glimpse into how humans may situate themselves in between earth and sky, challenging ordinary ideas, boundaries and relationships with space and how it can be occupied.
More of Tomás Saraceno's work on his website.