The lotus city
This city was inspired by a meeting between Luc Schuiten and the film director François Vives, and was imagined during the making of a film dealing with the lotus in Japan. This flower, the ancestral symbol of spirituality, is now revealed to be a symbol of technological innovations, offering innumerable areas for possible investigations and applications. Due to both the water-repellent properties of its leaves and the qualities of its internal structures, the lotus is a source of lessons which cannot be avoided nowadays. Its resistance to harsh extremes of weather and its physiological properties provide so many ways to explore for adaptation and for creating new materials and functions. We might mention, for example, the ways we could copy and technically adapt the system for opening and closing the flower’s petals, which could make it possible to store and manage the methane gas produced by the organic waste from the city.