Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Growing Green Walls Inside and Out

Green Architecture means building with environmentally conscious techniques that conserve energy and provide healthy envrionments. Some designers are taking the "green" part of architecture literally and creating exterior (left) and interior (right) walls that are covered with growing plants. Sometimes referred to as vertical gardens, these walls caught on first overseas (Europe and Asia) and are just now starting to appear in the United States.

These go well beyond the ivy covered walls of academia which are often damaging the brickwork to carefully designed walls that provide environmental benefits and enhance the workability of the architectural forms. Rather than being decorative devices these walls provide environmental, economic, social and psychological benefits.

Click on the heading above to see an article about decisions in making a green wall.

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