Greening Up

There’s this whole movement about bringing back nature into the concrete jungles we’ve built in the past 100 years but this is probably the most direct yet indirect way of doing it. Those painted line dividers we see everywhere serve a huge purpose but in an attempt to humanize and naturalize them, designer Ji-Hye Koo covers them with Nature On A Tape – essentially a pre-potted strip of grass that’ll grow with no effort. It’s sculptural and 3-dimensional but who’s gonna trim it tho?

Designer: Ji-Hye Koo


  • Lamah says:

    Um, I’m sure the grass will just love being run over all day long.

  • Luke says:

    I think that putting a water- and gas-permeable clear cover over it – a mini greenhouse, if you will – would make this design vastly better. That would definitely limit the number of people cutting through a parking lot, forcing them to drive like good boys and girls, and it would protect the grass should someone out there not give a crap about their suspension. Likewise, without a cover, bad drivers and random jerks are going to trample the grass dead with their vehicles.

    All that said, I do love the basic idea. It looks like a fairly cheap way to add some much-needed green to all that asphalt and concrete.

  • M.S.W. says:

    Interesting ideation.
    Pros: Looks pretty
    Con: Alot of local governments require lines / symbols to be of a certain color (ie: white for standard parking, blue for handi-cap)
    When the dead-dino/asphalt cracks/deteriorates and needs resurfaceing it would require more labor to remove/store/reapply the “lines” then would a quick paint would be.

    A more green approach for the designer to look into would be something like grass pavement systems.

    Where the over all area is grass and the “lines” are stone filled cups.


    • Luke says:

      What you propose would require existing asphalt to be stripped off.

      Laws can be changed, and local ordinances can override state and federal laws in many cases. I’ve seen some old towns paint their main street with atypical colors, like red, white, and blue.

      Laws aside, while not a straightforward solution, plants could concivably be bred to exhibit whatever colors are necessary. Leaves densely covered in trichomes can appear white, leaves themselves can be bred to appear yellow or grey-blue, and white, yellow, and blue flowers are common enough.

      • M.S.W. says:

        Yes, purge all use of the asphalt (and it’s toxic up keep.)

        I concur laws can be changed, and should be to promote greener (yet equally as safe as current systems of parking management) systems.

        True, plants can concivably be chosen for the color/reflectivity factors to replace the paint options. But the primary drawback to their reliablity is tempature sensitivity, therefore limiting their color/reflectiveness in their off season(s).

        As for the link I provided one could create the lines/symbols easily by filling the cups with either color/reflective stone or even recycled tumbled glass (preweathered to erradicate any and all sharp edges)

  • Lamah says:

    Don’t road marking paints have little glass beads or something in them which reflects light from car headlights back at you? Without such a coating, these grass markings will be practically invisible at nighttime, won’t they?

  • with the tiny bit of soil each contains you will have to water them 3 times a day, so unless each is plumbed your wasting a huge amount of water on the blacktop.

  • matt says:

    its great to bring nature back into our daily lives. but to do it in THIS way, is ridiculous…..a mini-greenhouse over the grass is pointless if people are going to cross over the line with a 1-1/2 ton car, the grass will be run over and needs to be maintained in a specific climate and time of year, and not to mention, traction in a car on grass is astoundingly bad, meaning that people could run into one another easier than if paint were on the pavement

  • Eric says:

    That would be cool if one parking lot in a downtown location sponsored this for a week, but this requires way too much attention and upkeep to ever catch on “big” time.

  • Cromagnum says:

    I see dead snowplow targets

  • RobHimself says:

    and what would happen in the winter when maintenance crews salt the parking lot to melt the snow? All the chemicals on our road surfaces these days would kill any living plants in no time at all. I think there’s more reasons for this idea not to work than for it to work. back to the drawing board…

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