International News

Urban Growth to 2030

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-15 16:42 by matt

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.

 

Global Emissions

Natural Capital

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-15 16:21 by matt

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

Green Lamp Posts

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-15 15:07 by matt

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.

St Louis MO Modular

Posted on Tue, 2020-02-18 16:38 by matt

The lobby and main entrance of the St. Charles Methodist Church in St. Charles, Missouri looks out over a small flat roof area, below. Like many white membrane roof owners, they quickly learned how fast they can get ugly.

As this roof is highly visible to every visitor, they turned to Green Roof Blocks to it spruce up last summer 2019.

Triopolis_Amsterdam

Posted on Mon, 2020-02-17 17:50 by matt

AMSTERDAM SHOWS CC RESILIENCE

MVRDV has revealed a renovation scheme for the Tripolis office complex in Amsterdam, originally designed by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. Entitled Tripolis Park, the proposal that will accommodate the offices of Uber, will also enlarge part of the existing space, add an office block and a new park.


Bangkok+Roof Farm

Posted on Mon, 2020-02-17 17:40 by matt

Sea levels are rising around the world, but as they rise, Bangkok is sinking. The low-lying megacity, built on marshland, is also now so covered in concrete that during heavy rains—the type of storms that are becoming more common because of climate change—streets can quickly flood.

ISRAEL living walls

Posted on Thu, 2019-10-24 23:28 by matt

Sensor-controlled smart planters allow building owners to place hundreds of plants up and down a wall, indoors or outdoors - increasing tenancy & improving value.

 

Plants work their magic by transforming carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen via photosynthesis. Installing a Vertical Field living biofilter in your home or office can remove about 95 percent of the pollutants in a building, the company claims.

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