Forests are inevitable. They are rich sources of various important trees and other wildlife. Forests help to preserve the ecosystem by supporting various forms of life. They have to be preserved in order to make the earth a better place to live. Today, the forests are being destroyed when the town and cities keep expanding and people need more space for living and performing their business activities. Many buildings are coming up in various places to accommodate all these needs. Man is thus not able to enjoy nature and free space is becoming a premium. Many such spaces are going waste as well. Such areas have to be utilized in a fruitful way so that people can enjoy them. The changes done to these spaces, however, should not destroy the natural surroundings or be the cause of concern to people living there.
In order to utilize the free space effectively, student architects from the University Of Waterloo School Of Architecture have come up with a new design by using cardboard and various other materials such as fabric. The name given to what they have created on a test basis is TESTtubes: An Urban Forest. The intention is to create an modern looking forest in the free spaces that are not in use anymore. The urban forest has been erected for Scotia Bank’s Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario on October 1st, 2011. The architectural installation was completely successful in using the space effectively and creatively. The designers who created the design wanted to see what people felt about their new creation.
They used recycled cardboard tubes to make artificial forests in a space that was not used or forgotten for many days. Using the cardboard and other materials, the cardboard trees looked like urban trees with attractive fabric canopies. The new design and architecture was celebrated by the visitors at Nuit Blanche. It was open to public and people were immersed in exploring the new installation. The exhibition was organized in one of the main areas in the city that was able to draw in a lot of people. Most of the visitors also were able to make their way into the installation and spent a lot of time in the modern forest. The cardboard tubes made excellent tree trunks and branches while the fabric a good canopy.
The area was covered with the noises from the visitors. Most of them enjoyed the show and appreciated the efforts for creating the modern and artificial forest by using the abandoned spaced. The most important aspect is the use of green materials for building the structure. The architects who were involved in the project were the members of Subject to Change Design Collective, which is an independent organization of students at the University. The students are now engaged in exploring various other possibilities for transforming spaces with the help of creative and Eco-friendly architecture. The environment consisting of natural and artificial structures are subject to change. The group of students is also studying on various other aspects and their implications on the environment.