By Yu-Hui Chang, Chun-Wei Chang, Herbert Hsu | 2010
The Challenge: Global warming and urban heat island effect
Herbow won the silver award in the YODEX 2010, the biggest student design competition in Taiwan and Reddot design concept award. Special thanks to project advisor, Meng-Dar Shieh.
The hard prototype
With series of concepts drawings and simulations, we start to talk to experts of mechanical design and try to figure out a way that window shelter can flip in the way we designed, interact with people, and let greens grow on top of it. We then heads to the manufacture of window and work with experts of both sides to figure out how to put all the mechanicals and gears together in one system.
In the end we came up with a real-size prototype and our final design: Herbow.
There are problems caused by our lifestyles in the city nowadays. As industries and automobile developed, and the green house gases generated from them, the phenomenon of global warming and urban hear island effect are increasingly affecting the earth and all the living creatures.
To address the issue, our team of designers started from investigating the topic and immersed ourselves in the related areas of knowledge, and we found the idea of “urban farming” could be a way that people can practice and make positive impact on the urban heat island.
Drawing with green thumbs
The tiny prototype of the lifestyle began with our attempts to planting greens in our own apartments and our studios. We documented the difficulties and process, and then we generated ideas of few directions based on that experience: the Interaction, the Deco, the Module, the Window, and the Commune.
The Windows direction stands out after few rounds of interviews, and people are giving positive feedbacks on it. The scenario of going to a window and grow veggies attracts most of the Taiwanese, and the reason could be that the ugly, fixed window shelters are everywhere in Taiwan, and people just haven’t found a way to deal with them and improve our city landscape. The window shelter then became a point of interest that we followed working on. The vision is to provide a solution that to live and plant with, and transform and green our city landscape.
Window, the interface of indoor and outdoor, where light and air exchange
Herbow, grow herbs on your window
Herbow is a window shelter concept design with regard to urban farming and city greening. With it, people can grow herbs and tiny vegetables in cups on windows as if planting in a garden. It shelters the strong sunlight and rainfall outside the room, and at the same time, waters and grows the greens naturally. The city can be a greener landscape with fresher air when everyone is growing their own vegetables to eat on Herbow.
The eaves are designed over the shelter to prevent water falls from the gap between shelter and frame. Holes are for draining the overloading water and keep the container-shelter without water. To flip the Herbow over there is a manually operated handle. An electrical motor-powered solution can be considered in a non-energy saving scenario.
" to provide a design solution that to live and plant with, and eventually transform and green our city landscape."
Work with suppliers for prototyping
Design competition participation
Product design & research
Rendering & Animation
In a Nutshell
YODEX Award-winning thesis project: Green window and rain shelter system design for sustainable lifestyle and better city landscapes