24 07, 2017

Who’s Paying? Funding Living Infrastructure in 2017 and Beyond

2017-08-17T23:02:28+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , , , |

Who's Paying? Funding living infrastructure in 2017 and beyond This article was first published in Sourceable   Ravenswood School green wall When it comes to living or green infrastructure, funding is a commonly citied barrier to implementation. And like clean energy and green building before it, this burgeoning industry has to prove its merit before funding is allocated. So how do we do it? The money has to come from one of six categories: yourself, a loan, the end user (passing on the cost to your client), a partnership, a grant, or a wealthy benefactor. Most of us do not have a wealthy benefactor, and with housing [...]

22 11, 2016

Sourceable: Creating resilient cities with living infrastructure

2017-06-11T17:59:59+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The climate is becoming more unpredictable and fierce with each passing year. Extreme weather and natural disasters like bushfires, storms, floods and cyclones can have a devastating impact on communities, businesses, homes, and public infrastructure. How can plants and living infrastructure play a role in mitigating this change and help to create more climate resilient cities. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology June 2016 was the second-wettest month on record. Wild storms lashed the east coast, triggering flooding across Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, and causing widespread damage and destruction. June was a bad month, both here in Australia and overseas. Around the same [...]

28 07, 2016

Junglefy Breathing Wall @ SEE Sustainable Experience

2017-06-11T18:00:00+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Categories: Breathing Wall, Events, Living Design, Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , , , |

Junglefy was a production partner last week at the second annual SEE Sustainable Experience event. We provided a couple of stand alone Junglefy Breathing Wall prototypes at the entry to the expo and Suzie Barnett (Good Marketing & PR) facilitated a session with Dr Fraser Torpy (UTS), Matt Williams (Lend Lease) and myself on the importance of science in living infrastructure systems, in particular the research behind the Junglefy Breathing Wall and how this impacted on the commercial decision at Lendlease to install it into their new global HQ in Barangaroo, Sydney. It was fantastic to be able to finally tell this story, here is a little summary on what [...]

11 05, 2016

Spotlight on the High Line, New York City

2017-06-11T18:02:17+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , |

Living infrastructure in public spaces: Part 2 This is the second blog in a series on living infrastructure in public spaces. Public spaces are so varied that I felt one blog just wouldn’t do the subject justice – especially when there are so many great examples of living infrastructure around the world! This project is definitely one of my favourites and is top of my list when we head to New York in September this year. I think it’s a great example of innovation, planting design and people power. Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Owned by the City of New York and located on [...]

26 04, 2016

Sourceable: Living infrastructure report card

2016-04-26T14:05:55+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , |

From the formation of an industry alliance and a biodiversity sensitive urban design protocol, to promises of increased greenery and infrastructure for a new age, the last nine months have seen quite a bit of activity around our industry. But even with all this change, I’m wondering, what is really going to drive change and create opportunities? Here I offer my ratings of four major developments for living infrastructure in Australia today, highlighting which ones I feel are going to make a real difference. RMIT Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design protocol Grade: A+ RMIT University released its Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD) protocol late last year. Based on five key principles, [...]

21 04, 2016

Spotlight on Orange Regional Museum

2016-04-21T16:39:11+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , |

Living infrastructure in public spaces: Part 1 This blog is the first of several I’ll be writing about living infrastructure in public spaces. In this thematic series I’ll discuss a range of projects from around the world and try to shed some light on what makes ‘good’ green infrastructure in public spaces. Of course I had to start with an Aussie one so here it is – Orange Regional Museum, a project Junglefy was lucky enough to be involved in. Currently in the final stages of construction, the new Orange Regional Museum in central west NSW brings exhibition and public spaces together with the creation of a publicly accessible grass [...]

11 04, 2016

The business case for living infrastructure: Part 2

2016-04-11T16:20:25+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , |

Living infrastructure like green roofs, walls and facades can deliver a range of benefits to cities, building owners and tenants. Here is the second of two blogs I’m writing on the business case for living infrastructure. This one focuses on the benefits building owners, tenants, employers and urban residents can look forward to.   Health benefits ‘Urban forests can be viewed as a “living technology”, a key component of the urban infrastructure that helps maintain a healthy environment for urban dwellers.’ [ref]Dwyer, John F., Gregory McPherson, E., Schroeder, Herbert W., Rowntree, Rowan A., ‘Assessing the benefits and costs of the urban forest’, Journal of Arboriculture, 18(5): September 1992, p.228[/ref] As [...]

9 04, 2016

The Garden Gurus: One Central Park

2017-06-11T18:00:00+00:00 April 9th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Media, Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this episode of the Garden Gurus, Nigel looks at One Central Park in Sydney, recently voted the world’s best tallest building, this truly incredible building is home to the world’s tallest vertical garden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcnI8vTBu0  

17 03, 2016

The business case for living infrastructure: Part 1

2016-03-17T17:45:39+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , |

Living infrastructure like green roofs, walls and facades can deliver a range of benefits to cities, building owners and tenants. Which ones are going to get you, your local government and big business to part with some cash? Here is the first of two blogs I’m writing on the business case for living infrastructure. This one focuses on the societal benefits developers, local, state and federal governments can look forward to.   Health benefits ‘We should think of the built environment as a potential ‘treatment’ for chronic disease, as well as a place for ‘prevention’ of disease.’[ref]Capon, A. ‘The view from the city’, World Health Design, July 2011, p.8[/ref] In [...]

24 02, 2016

The grass is greener in Orange

2016-02-24T13:48:14+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Categories: Case Studies, Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , |

The Junglefy team recently created an innovative new green roof for the new Orange Regional Museum which included over 1200 rolls of turf. The new museum is attracting widespread media attention, including Prime 7,  The Central Western Daily and ABC News and is set to become a feature of this bustling regional town. Orange City Council have taken a progressive approach to the design and sustainability aspects of the new museum, and the new grass roof will not only be a beautiful place for people to enjoy, it also has numerous sustainability features, including serving as an insulator for the building. In order to ensure the grass and soil don't erode from the roof, we used a product called [...]

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