Interesting proposal for use of an alternative material for components in a growing industry.
It will be important to understand how building codes affect your design (weight-bearing structure, trapped rainwater, interactions with other equipment, such as HVAC, that typically get installed on roofs). How does the weight of NikeGrind compare to other films or molded components?
You discuss the use of NikeGrind material for the containers, are there opportunities for circular economy components for the rest of the system (pumps, channels, tubing, fittings, sensors, controls, etc)? Perhaps some reuse from other industries?
You have an interesting and valuable proposal here!
I particularly like the idea that children can create artwork, or just explore, in a world with safe and vibrant boundaries. No concern about spilling paint or cutting the countertop, simply the freedom to create!
A few points to consider:
1. What techniques (screws, adhesives, tape, etc.) would be used to hang the thin wall material? (At only 1/4" thick, you may need significant backing to keep it from sagging). 2. Instead of regrinding 'last year's' ArtWall, could it get disassembled and pieces of it shipped on to another art studio, possibly providing some inspiration to them for color, shape or texture? They, in turn, could pass on sections of their wall to someone else, etc. (Circulating art inspiration). 3. Hospitals are notably (and legitimately) hyper about germs and cleanable surfaces, though there may be some areas, particularly common rooms or outdoors, where ArtWalls would be welcomed.