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Australia’s largest Junglefy Breathing Wall opens in Melbourne

Australia’s largest Junglefy Breathing Wall opens in Melbourne L-R: Jock Gammon, Junglefy; Deputy Mayor Arron Wood, City of Melbourne; Scott Mosley, Lendlease Australia’s largest Breathing Wall was unveiled on Friday 13 October at 485 La Trobe Street in Melbourne. At 88sqm, the large-scale Breathing Wall sets an aspirational benchmark for incorporating living infrastructure in our cities. The Junglefy Breathing Wall was officially opened by Scott Mosely from Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, Lendlease and Deputy Lord Mayor from the City of Melbourne, Arron Wood who said, “The refurbishment at 485 La Trobe St demonstrates Lendlease’s ability to reposition an asset with sustainability as the first principle, guiding [...]

Living Infrastructure Will Benefit Australia’s Ageing Population

Living Infrastructure Will Benefit Australia’s Ageing Population By Jock Gammon This article was originally published in Sourceable Australia’s ageing population is about to greatly increase the country’s demand for living infrastructure. Anyone who knows Baby Boomers knows this generation is not going to go off quietly into old age. Combine that with the fact that Australians are living longer, and it is essential we unlock the benefits of integrating plants and living infrastructure systems into our aged care facilities. Green roof, Bridgepoint Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, and more than 15 per cent of our population is currently aged 65 years [...]

Another award win for City of Adelaide

City of Adelaide receives Award of Excellence The City of Adelaide has received an Award of Excellence in the 2017 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) National Landscape Awards for its capacity to respond to big challenges. The Colonel Light Centre in Adelaide's city centre was transformed through the addition of living infrastructure to its facade and columns, creating a living building that provides a aesthetic beauty, a wildlife habitat, rainwater harvesting and cooling properties. The City has also previously received an AILA 2017 SA award for this project and were commended on their leadership in creating a more liveable city. Read more about this project: [...]

Sydney Design Awards for Breathing Wall projects

Sydney Design Awards for Breathing Wall projects The Atlassian office in Sydney has received a Gold Award at the 2017 Sydney Design Awards for its interior office fitout by Siren Design. The fitout, featuring cascading plants and the Junglefy Breathing Wall, fulfilled the brief to create a practical and flexible workspace whilst providing a unique and highly creative space that would live up to Atlassian’s credentials as “The Best Place to Work”. Receiving Silver in the Sydney Design Awards, is Orange Regional Museum for its architecture by Crone. The project was recognised for its innovative blend of architecture, public meeting place and [...]

City of Melbourne’s Rooftop Project

Leading by green example - City of Melbourne's 'Rooftop Project' As London's mayor announced an impressive plan to make London zero-carbon and 50% green by 2050, we are now seeing local initiatives emerging to benefit Australians too. The City of Melbourne currently has its Urban Forest Fund in place and has now developed the Rooftop Project to encourage urban rooftops to be used for solar, cool or green roofs.  With Melbourne rooftops totaling 880 hectares of potential usable space, the new initiative could help to drive the uptake of green and living infrastructure on what has traditonally been an underutilised space. The Rooftop Project's webpage provides an interactive map [...]

2017-10-17T10:38:24+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Green Roofs, Industry News, Living Infrastructure, News|

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

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 [...]

Why green walls are more than just a pretty façade

Why Green Walls are more than just a pretty facade Originally published in Property Australia on 2 May 2017 Green walls have captured our imaginations since the days of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. But today's high-tech vertical gardens are more than just a pretty facade.  In their most basic form, green walls are just buildings covered with vegetation - from ivy-draped castles to Roman loggias laden with grape vines. But modern green or living walls bring with them an array of unmatched benefits. External green walls can reduce the urban heat island effect and enhance aesthetics. In warm climates, greenery can reduce the surface temperature of walls, and [...]

2017-10-23T14:21:24+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Media, News, Published Articles|

Sourceable: Creating resilient cities with living infrastructure

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 [...]

Junglefy Breathing Wall @ SEE Sustainable Experience

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 [...]

Spotlight on the High Line, New York City

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 [...]

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