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Urbanization has caused lots of problems environmentally - a decline in biodiversity, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and a loss of ecosystem functioning, to name a few. It's time for us to give back to the Earth we've taken so much from - and with designs like this one, it seems like our green future may look quite innovative.

Kang Woo-Young, an associate professor at the Kaywon School of Art and Design in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, has invented a novel design for a green space within urban areas. The design is quite intelligent - by incorporating the fluctuating fields of lava flow and sediment accumulation, he uses the principle of biomimicry. It's the idea that ecology and nature has built itself to be strong and resilient - and if we look at the processes and materials behind nature, we may be able to apply those to more modern concepts. And Woo-Young did just that - and gets a few points in my books.

However, the design itself also holds some issues worth mentioning. Looking at the structure itself, it simply isn't appealing, nor does it follow many traditional design ideas about skyscrapers. By designing for the future, Woo-Young may be thinking of a gradual increase towards such a design - but what about now? Is this really a design we can use everywhere? How would you feel having a structure with such a design in a city?

Also, let's not forget that this is a park after all - equipped with rock climbing walls, trails, and all the fixings. I find the idea rather interesting in its concept - why are we stacking the green on top of each other? How much does this do in terms of giving back to our ecosystem? Shouldn't we be spreading the green and stacking all of the other infrastructure we've created?

Obviously, I'm a bit of a skeptic. But let's hear your voice. What do you think about this new design? Can you see this, or a variation of it, in urban areas within the next 20 or 30 years?

AuthorKyle Empringham