Capturing carbon emissions, energy, and water in a new bridge design

Capturing carbon emissions, energy, and water in a new bridge design

 

What if architects and engineers could work together to design and build a freeway system that captures carbon emissions, powers homes, and collects rainwater to supplement the community’s water supply?

The answer may not be far away.

Architects in Los Angeles have designed an infrastructural overlay that transforms LA’s current Arroyo Seco bridge into a sort of above-ground tunnel.

According to an article recently published on inhabitat.com, “drivers would still be able to see through the tunnel, but elements like ‘acoustically insulated walls’ and ‘porous concrete ‘lungs’ would dramatically slash pollution.”

This is all achieved through the use of solar panels and so called “carbon sponging” concrete. While the project hasn’t yet been approved and would likely be costly, the estimated savings to the City of about $1 million, not to mention the environmental impact, would be well worth it.

Read the full article and tell us what you think.

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