Here at the University of Virginia brick seems to be the wall material of choice. Sure, there are some common alternatives out there—namely wood, stone, metal, glass, siding, concrete etc. but how about walking along the wall of a building that is, well, quite alive. Ever heard of a living wall? Ever seen one? If you have, it is likely you have not forgotten it. Also coined vertical gardens, this innovation has designers intrigued all over the world, and they have begun to embrace the idea by incorporating it into a variety of massive projects.
Here is a breathtaking one by Patrick Blanc, the man who popularized the green wall, at the Quai Branly Museum near the Eiffel Tower.
Another incredible collaborative project of his, One Central Park, stands in Sydney, Australia.
Pretty incredible in that these walls are more than just pretty. Not only do they bring nature into a city and promote biophilia, but they also provide several other sustainable services. Green walls help cool buildings, reduce carbon levels, provide habitats for biodiversity, and are a means for water reuse.
The trend is catching on with kits to set up in your home and with universities, including UVa, engaging in research and building. Whether for agriculture, urban art, sustainable efforts, or nature preservation… the applications are endless!
Wondering how its all done? Check out this time lapse above, and let us know in the comments where you’d most like to see a green wall!