Filed under Vertical Gardens + Living Walls

The World’s Largest Vertical Garden

The World’s Largest Vertical Garden

Milan now holds the title of the residence of the world’s largest vertical garden on a shopping centre at Rozzano, just outside of the city, as reported by Architecture Source . Created at a cost of a cool one million Euros it spans some 1,263m2 and consists of 44,000 plants which were pre-grown in blocks … Continue reading

Green Walls Rule

Green Walls Rule

Apparently, Green Walls are now officially called Living Walls and green roofs are living roofs. That’s one of the many things I learnt earlier this week when I attended a Living Wall Workshop conducted by the people of Tree Box, a specialist company based in London. The main difference in their system compared to others seems … Continue reading

Low Energy Impact – High Visual Impact

Low Energy Impact – High Visual Impact

Italian architecture and landscape architecture combine in the winning entry for the redevelopment of Calabria, Italy. Vertical communities comprising of retail, residential and commercial enterprises, complete with gardens make up the pillars of the viaduct which interconnect the disparate regions via a highway and a separate, higher level pedestrian route. Winners, off Architecture, PR Architects … Continue reading

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Opening This Week!

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Opening This Week!

Grant Associates as ‘A fusion of nature and technology’,  phase one of the much anticipated development opens to the public on 29th June 2012. The down-town business district of Singapore has been successfully transformed into a beautiful and thought-provoking international destination. It’s been a long journey from their winning entry announced in September 2006 to today. … Continue reading

The World’s First Aeroponic Vegetable Garden, in an Airport

The World’s First Aeroponic Vegetable Garden, in an Airport

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport became home to the first soil-less food production unit, hoping to produce sufficient to stock many of the airport’s restaurants. Seedlings planted into nutrient rich volcanic rock modules are regularly irrigated until they are large enough to be moved into aeroponic towers that are serviced by water and light to maximise yield. … Continue reading

Brick Biotope – Bird Boxes and Green Walls

Brick Biotope – Bird Boxes and Green Walls

As a landscape architect I’ve specified plenty of bird boxes to pass the BREEAM assessment for local house-builders, and am always somewhat disappointed that we resort to the same products which up until now have amounted to wooden boxes or wood-concrete nests courtesy of Schwegler at best. At last Dutch students from Piet Zwart Institute in … Continue reading

Urban Food Jungles

Urban Food Jungles

Further to last week’s post on Plantascrapers, more and more companies are responding to the planet’s dwindling resources and devising ways in which we can increase urban food production. Whilst AECOM did not win the Chicago Navy Pier Rejuvenation project which instead went to James Corner’s Field Operations, this did enable them to develop their Urban … Continue reading

Plantascrapers – Our Edible Future

Plantascrapers – Our Edible Future

Linkoping, Sweden will be the first city to house a vertical greenhouse, some 17 storeys high, sufficient to grow enough fruit and vegetables to feed the city. Scheduled to be up and running by the end of 2013, this seemingly obviously innovation has been devised by Swedish company, Plantagon as a response to the United Nations prediction that by 2050, … Continue reading

From Landscape to Portrait

From Landscape to Portrait

Ackroyd & Harvey have done it again! Not only have they transformed an entire church’s interior into a living art space via the medium of grass wallpaper, but now they have developed this into grass portraiture. By means of photosynthesis, large scale photos are grown using pigment chlorophyll and as the grass gets longer, withers … Continue reading

Green Wall Facades

Green Wall Facades

Whilst I am fascinated with the ongoing developments of green wall technology, they do seem to still be rather maintenance intensive. As an alternative solution I’ll be opting for a high quality green wall façade solution and specifying this wherever possible to help obscure vast expanses of nasty brickwork. They also provide a wildlife habitat, … Continue reading