Imagine living in a city where you are surrounded by plants, where every building is covered in vertical living walls and every apartment block or high-rise has a green rooftop community garden, where all previously empty spaces have become homes to “pocket parks” filled with native plants and wildlife. Well one day soon, hopefully all of these imagined ideas will become a reality!
With a global population of over 7.2 billion and cities expected to house around 80% of the total population by 2050, it is imperative that we address the demands that stem from rapid population growth, increased energy consumption and the clear need for sustainable infrastructure by developing a plan for the transformation of future cities that considers these diverse requirements.
An interesting article in the May edition of the Qantas in-flight magazine talks about the necessary innovations being implemented in the “transformation” of future cities, and clearly here are Junglefy we are onto something! In the article, Richard Mann, director of Ecosystem Architecture, champions the idea of “vertical sustainable urbanism”, which supports our philosophy of growing plants everywhere; on walls of car parks and buildings, along laneways, inside office buildings, on rooftops.
Living infrastructure and urban agriculture can provide a multitude of benefits to our cities. Visually, living roofs and walls are beautiful, but they also cool and clean the air by absorbing toxins and pollutants, reduce the heat island effect, control storm water and can even provide access to fresh, locally grown produce. Any greenery, no matter how big or small, can make a positive difference, so we encourage everyone to jump outside and start building your own little urban garden. From tiny high-rise balconies to large family backyards, everyone can be an urban farmer and experience the great benefits that these green spaces provide!