An exploration on design possibilities of plant roots.

Agriculture suffers greatly from climate change, mainly due to fast water evaporation which prolongs dry seasons.  Communities who would be mostly be affected by this are the ones who are already below the poverty line.

Aquaponic farms conserve and recycle water, while providing higher yields in a shorted period of time. The low maintenance makes room for additional income generating activities. The root structure is cleaner, denser and easier to harvest; a potential that the community could benefit from. 

RootBound explores possibilities of using plant roots as a material. After initial experiments, three techniques were identified; post-harvest root shaping, bio-fabricating in agar, handloom weaving.

These techniques were further tested  in the direction of luminaire design. 

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Nilushi Fernando