Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Water warrior Hiatus update, WE ARE BACK BABY

Hey guys, we have been working on some other semi-related stuff lately, but nothing really worth posting about. But now, the winds have changed, we begin anew.

We are currently designing our final project, which will consist of three different models as well as a transpiration design, (You will soon figure out how the two are different).

After a long debate we have decided to create a community farm/transpiration collector. It will be an open source design that a community can change in size, anything from a backyard eye catcher to a small community farm. This is meant to tackle both water shortages/pollution and hunger. Its pretty cool guys. take it easy my doods, more updates to come.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

installation design

My design is similar to a tent. Rungs punctured into the excess plastic from melting will looped around bent aluminum piping that will hold up the plastic dome. within the dome a cone of plastic will be attached to the inner surface of the dome to collect water and funnel it into a collection chamber. A service hatch will allow for water to be collected and the plant to be watered.

Upon talking with a colleague, it was suggested that this design may be easier to complete if instead of a dome it is more angular.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lecture 3

Lecture 3

·      maintaining and localizing moisture to change environment
·      will need to use food grade plastics for the machine
·      FDA thermoplastic?
·      Spiderwebs collect dew, perhaps use a spider-web configuration to collect water
·      Solid dome most attractive way to make transpiration collector. Two domes, like a salt or pepper shaker to allow in air at will.
·      Motorized machine that opens like a flower? Meta
·      Potentially bribe/black mail engineering and robotic students.
·      Have a solar powered cooling ring at the very bottom of plant to collect the water vapor by naturally attracting the vapor to it.

·      http://www.professionalplastics.com/

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


SweatersforPlants mentioned the potential terraforming potential that this project holds,(when used on a mass scale). Perhaps this project can also focus on naturally purifying saltwater for human consumption. There are two plants that thrive off of saltwater, the seashore mallow and the dwarf glasswort. whether they transpire at a high rate or not is to be determined. grow densely though, may be of use. worth investigating.

Transpiration- movement of water through a plant
Xylem- vacular tissue which carry water and dissolve minerals.
·      Tubes that run from rot to top of plant
·      Water flows in one direction
·      No pumping, water binds together to pull upward
Cohesion- ability of water molecules to stick to each other due to molecular structure
Adhesion- prevents gravity from pulling the column of intertwined water molecules from being pulled back down to the plant roots
Osmosis-a process by which molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a semipermeable membrane from a less concentrated solution into a more concentrated one, thus equalizing the concentrations on each side of the membrane.
·      Water wants to move to a less crowded room
Water wants to move out of plant into the air, as it does this it pulls the other water molecules along with it.
#Perhaps having an upside down plant will encourage transpiration? Potentially childish thought- he answered it haha it doesn't do shiiiiiiiiiit

heat causes plant to transpire faster
guard cells open up in day, relative humidity, hormones from roots, Co2 concentrations.
Transpiration and photosynthesis must always be in balance
floem- moves what plant produces up and down the plant
shift twelve degrees of temp doubles amount of water air can hold

when you mechanically stimulate leaves guard cells will temporarily close, dicy to measure easily
two thirds of stomate under leaf, one third on top- focus on lower side of leaf
look for plants that carry toxic materials into stem, not just in roots to purify soil


Reading Response 1

I found the reading quite interesting, and it rang clearly of greater truths. While Snow's reading was fairly interesting, I found Wilson's far more fascinating to myself. The history of the interaction, (or lack of), between the industrial revolution and the artistic class was enlightening. It gave me insight onto how art has become a less valued part of education and society.

I have to agree with Wilson in one sense. The old art establishment, that is, generally speaking, the wealthy few, did not fully understand the hope and chance industrialization brought to the working class. Wilson mentions Waldon and his choice to forego modern comforts, and how the artistic establishment felt inclined to classify that as the "true" or perhaps "real" way to live. This rejection of industrialism would define then and now how art would be valued in modern society,(though the roles are now reversed).

I think this class will be a fascinating experiment into the combination of both disciplines. I think that, while science tries to see what in can do, art questions whether it should, as well as considers the impact it will have on the human soul.