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Going Vertical: The History of Green Walls

Going Vertical: The History of Green Walls | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Green walls: Function or fad? As cities and buildings all around the world are being covered in green, we take a look at the phenomenon of green walls.

 The first example of green walls may be found in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, even if they may have been more roof gardens than green walls. Later, from Scandinavia to Japan, numerous civilizations used climbing plants to cover buildings, making what is now called ‘green façades’.


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My Little Jardin's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:22 AM

L'influence des façades vertes sur le milieu urbain ou le pouvoir des plantes!

Christina Shomaker's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:02 PM

We love this for so many reasons.... not just the architectural factor or the green benefits we receive. Our favorite aspect is the artistic one... it forces the artist (or client who hires a landscape artist) to consider artistic mediums from any origin, how to use them in ways that allow an eye to see patterns that would otherwise be ignored, and how best to work with the surrounding environment to make the most spectacular punch. We also cannot ignore how great it is that as we replace so many  flat surfaces with new construction (that would typically be home to plant life) humans can think outside the box (or rather, think about any angle, any where, in or on that box) about how to get those plants back into the picture.

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Affordable Green Housing / OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture

Affordable Green Housing / OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Anglet Logements where they were invited to conciliate a project where the interests of protagonists are sometimes contradictory: the density of needed housing, the neighbors’ quality of living as well as the conservation of fauna and flora. This is an opportunity to invent new scenarios and to propose a strategy that reconciles history and development...

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Biomimicry is Not New

Biomimicry is Not New | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Biomimicry uses nature as a model to inspire design solutions; as a measure of rightness of a design; and to promote the notion of nature as mentor.
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Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning

Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn't worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipment.

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Blok K in Amsterdam by NL Architects

Blok K in Amsterdam by NL Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

‘Blok k’ is part of a masterplan for 500 dwellings, between the historic center and the recently redeveloped harbor area in the east of Amsterdam.

The building is neither crooked, nor dancing. The architects wanted to allow natural light and free access from outside to all the apartments. Utilities, storage spaces, and other structural elements of the building are located in the center of the building. Access to each apartment is reached by a central walkway, or ‘mini canyon’ in the center of the block.

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