Nature and Architecture: Emilio Ambasz and Fukuoka’s ACROS center 25 years later
Image: “Asian Cross Roads Over the Sea” aka ACROS building Fukuoka, Japan 1995
The largest urban rooftop farm in the world uses vertical growing techniques to create fruits and vegetables right in the center of Paris without the use of pesticides, refrigerated trucks, chemical fertilizer, or even soil.
The cities we live in can sometimes feel cramped, with green space and fresh air a rare and valued commodity.
While large parks can offer respite from the day-to-day grind of urban life, it’s sometimes hard to make time to visit them for exercise and relaxation.
Some 60% of the planet’s expected urban area by 2030 is yet to be built. This forecast highlights how rapidly the world’s people are becoming urban. Cities now occupy about 2% of the world’s land area, but are home to about 55% of the world’s people and generate more than 70% of global GDP, plus the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
What is natural capital?
Natural capital can be defined as the world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water and all living things.
Image: SYDNEY GREEN ROOF by VERDANT SOLUTIONS AUSTRALIA
LONDON TRIAL_SMART PILLAR
A number of lampposts in Belgravia have recently been fitted with plant columns running up their length. It’s a trial to see if the green columns can help reduce pollution along the streets.
The Smart Pillar, which has been developed by Scotscape and Greenwich University, takes the concept of ‘vertical greening’, as seen on living walls, one step further.