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 [...]

19 10, 2016

Top 10 secrets to successful living infrastructure maintenance

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The building and installation of your green wall, façade or roof might seem like the final stage after months of planning and design but in reality, this is when things really start to take off. In fact, installation is just the beginning of your living infrastructure project – good maintenance will ensure your green façade, wall or roof remains as beautiful and healthy ten years from now, as the day it was first installed. Not only will it look good but it will also deliver some real health, economic and societal benefits too. Jock discussed a few of these in his previous blogs, check out our News & Views section [...]

14 06, 2016

Sourceable: The benefits of biophilia and greenery in retail

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

When it comes to sustainability in the built environment, office buildings are often the testing ground for new design principles and technologies. Perhaps this is because they offer a manageably-sized microcosm to monitor, tweak and report on. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to see the expansion of sustainability (and living infrastructure) into other facets of the built environment. People today spend a lot of time in retail centres indulging in our passion for “consumerism” or “retail therapy.” It’s where we buy our groceries, catch up with friends, spend our lunch breaks (and our pay cheques). Shopping is pretty much a daily exercise. It’s time we make the spaces we spend [...]

1 05, 2016

The Daily Telegraph: Peregrine falcons, frogs and bees move into Sydney’s Central Park in unprecedented natural growth

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

BEN PIKE, The Daily Telegraph May 1, 2016 This article was first published in The Daily Telegraph. Read the full article... If you are getting sick of mowing your lawn and trimming your hedges, spare a thought for these blokes. Not only do horticulturalists at Broadway’s Central Park have to dance with death on a daily basis while pruning, they are also swatting away an unprecedented number of bees and wasps. A small colony of green frogs and two peregrine falcons have also moved in, turning the high-rise into the ultimate urban jungle. With a small colony of green frogs and two peregrine falcons calling the gardens home. Picture: John [...]

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 [...]

2 12, 2015

‘Green’ environments linked to improved cognitive function

2015-12-02T12:11:07+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Industry News, Research|Tags: , , , , |

New research provides more evidence to support the argument that green office environments are conducive to higher cognitive function when it comes to strategy development and responding to a crisis. The American study was carried out by the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. It involved testing the cognitive capacity and decision-making performance of a group of participants after they had worked in both ‘green’ and ‘non-green’ buildings. The ‘green’ environments simulated in the test constituted “well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide”. Results showed that, on average, cognitive performance was [...]

11 11, 2015

Living infrastructure: Why it’s time to think beyond green roofs and walls

2017-06-11T17:59:02+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

The green roof and wall industry, and the players within it, have experienced rapid growth over the past decade. This has led to improvements in technology and systems as well as large amounts of research into the benefits of plants for people and our environment. As demand grows for more plants in our cities, so does our expertise on where and how to grow them. However, in my opinion we should not limit ourselves to systems only focusing on roofs and walls. I believe we can grow plants anywhere in our cities and we need to consider plants as living infrastructure and integrated systems that include walls, roofs, façades, planter [...]