The NSW state government has proposed planting millions more trees as part of a plan that will significantly boost the amount of “green space” in the state. As the state’s population is expected to grow by 2.2 million people by 2036 and more Sydneysiders than ever are living in apartments, thegovernment wants to make sure there are enough trees, parks and wetlands to keep residents health.
A team of UNSW research students are urging regulators to properly consider green infrastructure – natural drainage, tree canopies and green walls – when setting charges for new property developments.
The initiative, if approved by voters, will require any developments started in 2018 over 25,000 square feet to include a green roof with solar energy collection. According to I-300 and organizations such as Denver’s Green Party and the Colorado Native Plant Society, these mandated green roofs will improve air quality, reduce the urban heat island effect, create sanctuaries and handle stormwater drainage better than traditional roofs.
With major challenges facing cities across the globe – from climate change, to ageing infrastructure and rising population densities – the work of landscape architects is needed now more than ever. These award-winning landscape projects are helping to sow the seeds of change.
Green infrastructure has many purposes. Among them is food production, but do we use green infrastructure for this as much as we could?
Green roofs and vertical gardens are a growing area of investment for property developers and urban planners across Australia.
Trends come and go, but this one is underpinned by science. One recent study found that occupants of green-certified buildings have 26 percent higher cognitive function scores, sleep better, and report fewer health problems compared to those in uncertified buildings. As green roofs increase in popularity, it’s no surprise that architects are getting interested in green walls and their workplace potential.
Melbourne Metro might very well be the first biophilic public transport project in Australia, if the recently-released Living Infrastructure Plan is a good indication of what the design and construction teams plan to deliver.