Unchecked sprawl has led to increased and deadly urban flooding across South-East Asia. In Bangkok, parks and green roofs are being used to help soak up rain during the annual monsoon and assist the city adapt to climate change.
Densely packed high-rises are the most space efficient way to house people, but they have also been accused of creating anonymous, atomised cities. But there are more and more architects discovering that cities can grow taller without sacrificing their liveability.
Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Urban Farming Office is an effort to return much-needed green space to Ho Chi Minh while demonstrating the possibility of vertical urban farming.
A revolutionary new office campus is being built on the Brooklyn waterfront featuring nearly 4 acres of green roof space, including walking and jogging paths and landscaping, to mitigate stormwater runoff.
Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and according to a Harvard study, the same may be true for teenagers.
Architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri’s gave a jam-packed 10-minute presentation of the benefits of vertical forests at the Cities for Tomorrow conference held in New Orleans last week.
The first World Forum on Urban Forests held in Mantua, Italy, has launched a global call for action to promote and boost the adoption of nature-based solutions in urban areas worldwide.
A new tower will have greenery lining the balconies and roofs to clean up the air and provide a new environment for pollinators and humans alike.