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Lightweight Vegetalization Structure

A covering with vegetation for an autonomous and connected irrigation system

April 2020
Gallery Lightweight Vegetalization Structure 1
Gallery Lightweight Vegetalization Structure 1


URBAN CANOPEE offers an innovative solution to fight the climate change effects in urban areas by deploying plant canopies over the city. With the impact of urban heat island phenomenon, cities are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events and will have to cope with a rise in temperature by the end of the century. Urban areas need to prepare for the major challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, air pollution, and rapid urbanization. To meet this challenge, URBAN CANOPEE provides self-supporting structures, covered with vegetation and equipped with an autonomous and connected irrigation system. Designed to be easily moved, the base of the structure is only 1m² but allows vegetation to spread out up to 50 m². By deploying its oasis of coolness, this solution aims to compensate for heat islands, reduce air pollution and restore urban biodiversity while improving the quality of life of city dwellers.

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Label Date April 28, 2020
From France
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Visibility; Funding opportunities; Partnership opportunities

Implementation Stories

Lightweight Vegetalization Structure by URBAN CANOPEE
Implemented by City of Châlon-en-Champagne in Châlons-en-Champagne (France) in 2020

The City of Châlons-en-Champagne, implemented two Corolla fixed on galvanized steel in July 2020, one with a high table and the other one with a bench, shadowing 50 m² and sold with a solar-powered smart-irrigation system. A requirement for the system was to provide shade in a square where it is not possible to plant in the ground. Also, the system is flexible, the canopies are 4 meters high and 8 meters wide and can be moved if needed, for a festival or for the Christmas market.


600 kg of co2 were sequestered after 2 years


The environmental benefits

  • 1 structure is equivalent to 2 trees in terms of CO2 sequestration
  • 100% solar-powered smart irrigation system

The Financial benefits

  • Helps to reduce temperature rise resulting in savings of 1.2% in cooling energy per 0.6°

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Urban Canopee allows the city’s actors to plant the urban landscape of tomorrow

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Headquarters 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France
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