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Filene’s Eco Pods is an Adaptable, Biofuel-Producing Building

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Algae-based biofuels have become increasingly popular over the past few months, with even biofuel-aversive oil companies like BP and Exxon getting in on the action. Boston-based Howeler Yoon Architects want to bring that interest into the public eye while also rejuvenating a stalled construction project with Filene’s Eco Pods, a series of modular, vertical pods that harbor an algae bioreactor.

The jumble of a building, proposed as a fix to the abandoned $700 million Filene’s development in downtown Boston, features pods that alternately act as sources of algae and as research and development micro-incubators. Spaces between the pods act as vertical botanical gardens for uncommon plant species–an “Uncommon for the Commons”, according to Howeler Yoon–while biofuel-powered robotic arms move the modular units around as necessary.

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It’s an ambitious project, to say the least, and Howeler Yoon hasn’t divulged how much it will cost. And while the Eco-Pods could bring biofuels into mainstream consciousness, few people are likely to go along with the idea of constructing a building equipped with giant robotic arms. Still, the Eco Pod design serves as another example of the increasingly popular idea of biofuel-covered buildings.

[Via Inhabitat]

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