xTree is a new co-working space and open plan office opening this summer in the canopy of a tree in Socrates Sculpture Park. This workspace overlooks the East River and has magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline, wifi and locally-produced* power. The facility is owned and operated by the tree itself, acting as your landlord. Your tenancy generates rent – proceeds to be used by and for the interests of your landlord tree as the tree determines for example: augmenting soil with biochar, companion plantings, and other actions at the tree’s discretion.
This development is made possible as part of the Civic Action exhibition (Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park) and Jeremijenko’s UP2U urban plan in which the trees have deeded themselves and the property they stand on. Read more about Trees-in-Deed here.
In Long Island City, UP 2 U-plan trees own themselves the land they inhabit and the services they provide.