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 [...]

30 05, 2017

Green motorways. Contradiction in terms or potential reality?

2017-06-14T12:51:19+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Categories: Published Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Green motorways. Contradiction in terms or potential reality? This article was first published in Sourceable A few years ago I was stuck in hellish Sydney traffic, with the temperature soaring close to 40oC, and as I entered the tunnel surrounded by huge walls of concrete, pollution and heat haze and I suddenly thought, ‘this is a great place for plants’. It sounds crazy, but the right plants combined with the right technology could do wonders for this harsh urban infrastructure, and I believe that science, investment and pure necessity are all at the perfect meeting point to make it viable, and I would argue essential, to turn it green [...]

30 01, 2017

An assessment of the potential fungal bioaerosol production from an active living wall

2017-06-11T17:18:33+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Categories: Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The team at UTS recently had an article published in the academic journal Building and Environment, Volume 111, January 2017. Here's an abstract of the article: Active living walls, or indoor air biofilters, have been proposed as a sustainable and aesthetic means of improving indoor air quality. However these systems have yet to be adequately assessed for their potential contribution to airborne fungal proliferation in indoor spaces. The current work represents a simulation study to determine, under realistic office conditions, whether a typical active living wall makes a quantifiable contribution to the airborne aeromycota. We found that the living wall studied made no significant contribution to the density or diversity of [...]

20 01, 2017

Sourceable: What is research commercialisation?

2017-06-11T17:31:10+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Categories: Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

Research commercialisation refers to the process through which ideas or research are transformed into marketable products, capital gains, income from licences and/or revenue from the sale of new product. Recently, my firm landed an Innovation Connections grant from the federal government to identify an opportunity to work with a research organisation to test and develop a new idea. This new idea is a modular, living green wall system that accelerates the removal of air pollutants like CO2, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds faster than any other plant-based system on the market. The government grant allowed us to partner with the Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group at [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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  

29 10, 2015

Architecture & Design: 2015 Sustainability Awards-winning HASSELL-designed urban landscaping project has Junglefy contribution

2017-06-11T18:00:00+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Categories: Awards, Media, Published Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

This article was first published in Architecture & Design. Read the article here... The Burnley Living Roofs project at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus recently won the prestigious BPN Sustainability Award for landscape design. Designed by architecture firm HASSELL, the Burnley Living Roofs project won the Landscape Design category at the Australian BPN 2015 Sustainability Awards held in Sydney for making “an important contribution to the understanding of the benefits of green roof design” according to the jury. The judges explained that the project represented the future of urban landscaping and the successful integration of rooftop green infrastructure. They also noted that this kind of research was imperative to [...]