Beyond the environmental benefits of green roofs, the presence of plants in Rio's favelas is bringing a vital connection to nature than many residents have lost.
As more of these green towers or plantscrapers rise on the skylines of major cities, developers and urban authorities alike acknowledge they are not just for decorative purposes.
Designed to absorb 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, the vertical forest being created in Nanjing, China, could change how cities fight climate change.
Conceived as an ‘urban tree farm’, each terrace in the 33-storey building will feature a different species, allowing the adjoining park to 'climb' up and into the building.
A boom in environmentally friendly construction is creating a jobs sector with massive potential.
Social housing in four locations in Amsterdam will be fitted with smart blue-green roofs to help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions.
he company behind the development, Shenzhen Qianhai Development and Investment Holding Co., is trying to protect at least some green space for its denizens, so it tapped Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design an elevated sky garden that runs nearly a mile through the district’s buildings.
Meet the skyline rebel. This eye-popping red and green tower in Singapore’s largely monochromatic village of high-rises, is anything but conventional.
The new skypark project will be made from timber, have a green roof and a double façade to reduce noise pollution and energy use. It will also use photovoltaic panels to generate energy and collect rainwater.
SCOTTISH cities are rich in history and heritage, attracting international tourists and revenue. But with the Scottish urban population growing at record rates, with most residing in the central belt and urban areas, work needs to be done to ensure the high quality of life and living spaces in major towns is preserved.