The proposed “Strawscraper” would create energy from the gyration of thousands of follicles.
by John Metcalfe
Wind turbines are a fine source of green energy, but some would argue they’re also eyesores. People have tried to lessen their horizon-dominating nature by toying with design. Paris, for instance, will soon be getting one shaped like a tree, and in Stockholm, if visionary architects ever get their way, there could be a vertical wind farm reminiscent of a humongous loofah sponge.
Whether or not that’s an improvement over the standard turbine depends on your feelings toward immense bathroom accessories gyrating in the breeze. Sweden’s Belatchew Arkitekter certainly believes in its strange creation, the “Strawscraper,” calling it the “urban wind farm of the future.” Then again, this is an architectural firm that’s also proposed feeding the populace with cricket nurseries at major intersections, so its view of the future might differ from most.
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