Green Walled Facade Conceals Building’s Mechanicals

February 25, 2013


Plants pop through small holes of the die-cast aluminum panels that punctuate the living facade of Green Cast, a mixed-use building in Odawara, Japan.


Designed by architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, the building’s slightly slanted panels are formed over … Read More...

New York City Rooftop Garden Offers Views and Privacy

February 4, 2013


Pulltab Design, whose indoor green wall I featured a few years ago, designed this beautiful urban garden for a client in New York City’s East Village, incorporating a novel custom water feature and space defining canvas privacy screens made … Read More...

How to Grow an Energy-Saving Living Curtain

January 24, 2013

Green curtains outside the Arakawa City Hall in Tokyo, Japan.Photo, Bloomberg.

Anticipating rising energy costs after Japan’s nuclear disaster, and inspired by the green curtains on the facades of many municipal and commercial buildings, many Tokyo residents have created DIY Read More...

Organic Concrete For Living Green Facades

January 10, 2013


Spanish researchers have developed a living concrete that may define a new method for creating vertical gardens and living walls on building facades.  Capturing rainwater, the multilayered cement encourages and sustains the growth and viability of specific mosses and lichens … Read More...

Urban Vertical Farm and Pick-it-Yourself Market

January 5, 2013


When industrial designer Ben Green and grower Tyler Nevers saw a need for suppling urban food-loving folks with locally grown produce at reasonable prices, they devised a plan and successfully raised $25,000 on Kickstarter for a small scale urban “artisan” Read More...

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