Urban development

Why moss must be in the city

Cities are the living space of the future. Half of humanity already lives in urban areas. And the trend is rising sharply. In order for the city to remain a liveable living space in the future, a number of things have to change. Individual traffic must be reduced, emissions lowered and the proportion of green spaces increased. The city needs more nature! But where do you plant trees & plants when the city soil is predominantly sealed? A sustainably healthy and effective tree needs as much space for its roots as its crown is large.

Our moss filters are enormously area-efficient. They work where trees and classic greenery have a hard time. They filter particles from the air that are harmful to humans and nature and provide cool air that is a blessing especially in the hot season.

FRESH AIR ZONE CORK

Case study Cork City

The Irish city of Cork presented its comprehensive “Clean Air” strategy in August 2021. Various measures will be combined to ensure clean air in Cork in the short and long term.

An important part of this strategy are five CityTrees, which create fresh air zones at two inner-city locations. The CityTrees are equipped with benches and are used by many pedestrians at the locations St Patrick’s Street and near the city library. On their monitors, the CityTrees show the current cleaning performance as well as information on the city’s Clean Air Strategy.

Thus, within the framework of the city’s overall strategy, the CityTrees – in addition to cleaning the air themselves – play the role of a central communication element: on the one hand, they help to clearly communicate the relevance of the topic of air quality to the public and, on the other hand, they communicate the various measures, such as tree planting, the expansion of footpaths and cycle paths or improved public transport.

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PLACE OF USE:
Cork, Ireland, 5 CityTrees in city centre

INSTALLATION:
Since August 2021

PROBLEM & SOLUTION:

Meeting and information point for multifaceted “Clean Air” strategy, creation of fresh air zones

STATEMENT:

“We need to reduce emissions across the city and each unit of the mossfilters can sift an amount of air equivalent to that needed by up to 7,000 people every hour. This is one aspect of the council’s air-quality strategy and should be considered in tandem with long-term and city-wide strategies such as the pedestrianisation of 17 city streets and the introduction of 75 electric vehicles by the council.”

David Joyce | Director of the Roads & Environment Operations at Cork City Council

The Irish city of Cork presented its comprehensive “Clean Air” strategy in August 2021. Various measures will be combined to ensure clean air in Cork in the short and long term.

An important part of this strategy are five CityTrees, which create fresh air zones at two inner-city locations. The CityTrees are equipped with benches and are used by many pedestrians at the locations St Patrick’s Street and near the city library. On their monitors, the CityTrees show the current cleaning performance as well as information on the city’s Clean Air Strategy.

Thus, within the framework of the city’s overall strategy, the CityTrees – in addition to cleaning the air themselves – play the role of a central communication element: on the one hand, they help to clearly communicate the relevance of the topic of air quality to the public and, on the other hand, they communicate the various measures, such as tree planting, the expansion of footpaths and cycle paths or improved public transport.

Watch the video

PLACE OF USE:
Cork, Ireland, 5 CityTrees in city centre

INSTALLATION:
Since August 2021

PROBLEM & SOLUTION:

Meeting and information point for multifaceted “Clean Air” strategy, creation of fresh air zones

STATEMENT:

“We need to reduce emissions across the city and each unit of the mossfilters can sift an amount of air equivalent to that needed by up to 7,000 people every hour. This is one aspect of the council’s air-quality strategy and should be considered in tandem with long-term and city-wide strategies such as the pedestrianisation of 17 city streets and the introduction of 75 electric vehicles by the council.”

David Joyce | Director of the Roads & Environment Operations at Cork City Council

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