Components of vertical greenery systems – The green wall

The concept of vertical greenery systems is deceptively straightforward. Horizontal shrubbery is transposed onto a vertical array. Green wall systems are commonly categorized into carrier (casement/cassette/modular pots) and support systems (creepers) (Nparks, 2009). Figure 1 illustrates the difference between the two systems. The focus of this article is on carrier systems.The effectiveness of a vertical greenery …

How urban greenery can reduce outdoor air temperature

This week, we have Dr Steve Kardinal Jusuf, senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, Department of Building, weighing in on how urban greenery can reduce outdoor air temperature. Thanks Steve!- UGL Urban greenery provides several benefits because it dissipates incoming solar radiation on the building structures through its effective shading; it can reduce …

Maintaining a vertical forest

Architect Stefano Boeri is the designer of Bosco Verticale (BV), a residential project consisting 900 trees on the balconies of two towers (Figure 1). It is said that the extensive vegetation produces the same ecological footprint as 10,000 square meters of forest (Click here for details). Fuelled by innovative ideas and technological advancements, urban greenery has evolved from ground level landscaping to vertical greenery on building …

Optimising green wall design in terms of functionality

Usually when it comes to designing for a green wall, there are actually many steps and decision-making process to make. However certain processes are forgotten, resulting in problems occurring in the long run.The image illustrates the process of designing a green wall. It is modeled after waves and curves, which accentuates colors as well as contrasting textures …

Studies on vertical greenery – the racks

We will be commencing a study on the reduction of mean radiant temperature due to vertical greenery very soon. The racks have been set up on a rooftop. A modular pot system will be used for this experiment. The racks, green wall system and plants are kindly supplied by Chop Ching Hin Pte Ltd.