LafargeHolcim Foundation Professional Exchange on Sustainable Construction
Forum
Crowd Farm

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Crowd Farm

Crowd Farm - harnessing the kinetic energy of the human body with a new type of urban public space

Their project “Crowd Farm” presents an original response to energy shortage: a tectonic floor system that absorbs the forces of footsteps and transforms them into useable energy. The system can be compared to a dynamo.

Of course a single human footstep delivers a negligible amount of energy. But the idea here is to capture the kinetic energy of a large mass of people, for example commuters at a train station.

Forum Details
Forum

“Urban_Trans_Formation”
April 18 to April 21, 2007

Project Details
Holcim Forum Prize
1st prize
Student Poster Competition
Authors
James Graham
Main Author
James Graham
Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
Tad Jusczyk
Main Author
Tad Jusczyk
Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
LafargeHolcim Foundation