Silva Cell

March 6, 2010
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Integrated tree and stormwater management system

The Silva Cell integrated tree and stormwater system provides un-compacted soil volumes for large tree growth and on-site stormwater management while supporting traffic loads. The modular Silva Cells stack to create customized void spaces beneath paving such as sidewalks, plazas, etc. that are then filled with soil. This soil provides unlimited rooting space for trees, enabling them to grow large and improving canopy cover without disrupting surrounding utilities. The same soil volume simultaneously acts as on-site stormwater management, significantly reducing non-point source pollution and controlling the rate, volume, and quality of water runoff.

By integrating trees, soil, and stormwater, the Silva Cell improves sustainable site design and brings enhanced ecological functionality to the built environment. The system meets engineering and loading standards with no loss of structural hard landscape integrity.

Contact: DeepRoot, San Francisco, CA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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