Vertical Garden Cities. Nowadays cities are becoming denser and all the buildings in them are constantly shooting up. However, the number of gardens in those cities is also on the rise. The vertical garden, which is not a new concept, is getting importance and presence, and in recent times it has certainly become more popular. This type of gardens refers to a wall partially or completely covered with vegetation. A vertical garden includes a growing medium, such as soil, and usually has the characteristic of having an integrated water delivery system. This great creation or invention is responsibility of Patrick Blanc, nevertheless, the emergence of more and more vertical gardens is in direct response to the growing population in cities.
Patrick Blanc commented to the Wall Street Journal that the amount of space in big cities is increasingly at a premium; this is why vertical gardens can provide a welcome and needed oasis to them. In that report, he also said that there is also a growing alarm about things related to climate change and deforestation, making a real responsibility and task the fact to evoke nature and green environments when talking about great cities and growing populations.
The case of Sydney. This topic certainly has to be related to Australia, where a draft policy by the City of Sydney is calling on residents and businesses to green their roofs and walls as a way and solution of improving air quality, supporting biodiversity, and creating new green spaces in the heart of the city for food production and relaxation. There is at least 96,000sqm of green rooftops and walls across the city of Sydney – roughly equal to 230 basketball courts. The City also receives around one new development application that includes a green roof or wall each week. Today, One Central Park is the Sydney’s most popular and important vertical garden.
Armando Iachini and the Green City. One of the biggest international concerns in this century is global warming, referring to the possible destruction of the earth, which is our unique space with the exact features or at least the necessary characteristics for our survival. However, everyday our climate is more variable or different, the winters are not as cold and heat increases and rains can come at any time. Researches in the world show that pollution spread by humans is growing and, responding to that phenomenon, the planet is getting hotter and more polluted space.
To Armando Iachini, engineer and CEO of Construcciones Yamaro, a solution or an important contribution would be to create structures or buildings as the ‘Bosco Verticale’ or vertical Forest, located in Milan. He claims that the vertical forest located in Milan is a good role model worldwide. The civilization needs to take that example and help in the recovery of the ecosystem. He says that trees within the buildings can help purifying the air of our big cities. Additionally, this type of designs and green measures are incredible attractive, colorful and, what is more important, sustainable. All this creates a relaxing environment for those who live in buildings around the world.