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Vertical Garden - hope for a green future

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on March 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM

It is said that, ‘If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.’ We sure do have plenty of libraries, but there is a definite shortage of green spaces in our cities. Gardens help a city in numerous ways. Not only are they lungs of the city, but they also bring a lot peace and calm to the citizens after a tiring day. Having green spaces does a lot of good to the body as well as the mind. Despite knowing and accepting the genuine need of green spaces, we are unable to do something about it. The reason for this is shortage of land and the consequent real estate price hike. While we hope that someday the gap between people and their requirement of open spaces is filled, there is another worthwhile solution that isn’t a perfect replacement but can do some good – vertical gardens. Let’s understand a little in depth what they are.

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An international workshop called the Vertical Greens have devised a technology of Vertical Green garden, wherein any wall can be transformed into garden. Their aim is to provide the inhabitants of cities the opportunity of being in touch with nature and to enjoy its benefits by altering any vertical surface into a green area. Instead of the garden being a horizontal green patch in an open piece of land, this garden, is growing vertically on any wall that you desire. Whether the wall is inside a closed space or out in the open, won’t be a restrictive factor. The technology works just fine for an internal as well as external wall. The system aids a great deal to improve the environment, quality of life and the urban landscape through covering built vertical surfaces with nature.

Though these vertical gardens cannot give us the liberty to feel the wet grass under our feet or give children a space to run around freely or lie down while enjoying a book, it does give us something very primal; fresh air. With the rise of pollution and global warming across the globe, this solution can do wonders, especially for cities. Not only is the vertical garden aesthetically pleasing, but also beneficial in ways like air purification, carbon dioxide uptake, oxygen production, thermal regulation, soundproofing, dust collection, water purification, generation of biological corridors, and food production, among others.

Being the one to introduce the technology, the company provides complete service of design, supplies, installation and maintenance. They have a team of architects, designers, and engineers to ensure that each project achieves its aesthetic and functional goals. The company does face a lot of competition in the market. The technology that they supply has been refined through years of years of research and experimentation to guarantee that their vertical gardens are always in their optimal state. 

The Installation process is completed in 6 stages, namely structure, insulating plastic, textiles, irrigation system, automatization/ monitoring and vegetation. They provide in house specialized installers for each one of these stages to achieve maximum quality, meeting the highest international standards. After the process is done and the system is in place and working, they offer a maintenance service during the garden’s warranty period at no additional cost for a predetermined period of time, and a post-sales maintenance contract service once the warranty is finished to ensure that the vertical garden develops correctly throughout time.

The good thing about them is that they tailor each client need and have generically classified them into three categories, as per the quantity and density of plants initially per m2, type of vegetation, irrigation system, automatization, local and remote monitoring, and duration of warranty and cost free maintenance services.

They have an elaborate vision for the year 2030. Their goal is to meet the recommendation of the World Health Organization regarding green spaces and offer the cities of the world with a minimum of 9 square meters of green area per inhabitant. “Since the tendency of cities is to transform the few green areas that exist in buildings, VERTICALGREEN suggests using the supports of these buildings as a way of recovering the lost green areas by establishing a perfectly balance d synergy between nature and the city.” The loss of green space is difficult, if not impossible, to recover. In hindsight, the technology enables cities to reconnect with nature, may be not in the conventional way, but at least it is a step in the right direction.

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