Growing up: how to create an urban garden.
Most of us are lucky enough to have access to a garden in the Sid Valley – and to do a bit of gardening:
Here’s a slightly off-the-wall idea – something we can do at home to some degree, but also something for planners to consider.
They can even save energy:
Creating Vertical Gardens and Green Facades with Steel Cables
Forests, vegetable gardens, and vertical gardens have aroused much interest and figured into a variety of different innovative proposals…
Vertical vegetation works as more than just an aesthetic adornment. Plants block a part of the solar radiation that hits a building’s surfaces, making indoor spaces cooler and reducing the need for air conditioners. This measure can save electrical energy by 30% due to evaporative cooling and shading…
But a very simple way to grow an urban garden is to use climbing plants with metal grids and cables where the plants cling to and grow, creating a vertical vegetation cover. The design is quite simple…
Perhaps something for the new Alma Bridge or even the balconies of the Drill Hall:
The trouble is, covering a building in greenery might be about covering a not very attractive building:
“A city is not a park” @ Radio 3 > “What would change, psychologically, socially, emotionally, if we covered the concrete and brickwork of our towns and cities with vines, plants and vertical gardens?”