A Giant Bubble Fort To Give Polluted City Residents A Safe Place To Breathe
29 March 2014
The enclosed park proposed for Beijing would house a botanical garden. It would have clean air and controlled temperature and humidity throughout the year.
Orproject's veiny, transparent domes, or "bubbles," rely on a stretchy plastic material called ETFE. For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, organizers created a 17,000-person aquatic stadium cloaked in ETFE, which, letting in extra light and heat, decreased energy costs by an estimated 30%.
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