Solar City Furniture Concept Adds Green

In major cities the world over, the built environment tends to exist in shades of gray, with precious little of the green stuff in sight. An interesting concept design from Shen Jian of Milano, China, aims to increase the visual diversity of the urban landscape while providing functional, if eerie lighting at night, via solar energy.

Green Grow is a system of city street urban “furniture”–apparently a kind of green-colored solar-harvesting substance that can be applied to fences, benches, bus shelters and the like. During the day, Green Grow provides some color, if not chlorophyll, to the environment of urban dwellers. At night, it lights up neon green, increasing the safety of urban areas while ushering passersby into a “magic world.”

Green Grow

image via Shen Jian

Call us crazy, but your average urban furniture in the color green seems a poor substitute for actual parks and green roofs. But there’s no doubt about it: the illustrations of what this system would look like after dark are pretty captivating.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.