August 28, 2006 | David F. Coppedge

Grass Shack Makes a Comeback

Oh, what a feeling: Toyota Roof Garden wants to replace your roof with grass.  Bill Christensen at Live Science says that the car company’s grass tiles include imbedded irrigation piping, provide good thermal insulation and reflect less urban heat to the atmosphere.  The special grass only needs mowing once a year.  Company website (Japanese): Toyota Roof Garden.

Figuring out how to mow the slanted roof may be a drawback, but in designing products for daily living, why not consider biology more often?  After all, nature’s solutions were designed with ecology in mind.

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Categories: Biomimetics

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