Bridges for animals

For a small country, Singapore has made tremendous efforts to safeguard the environment in the face of rapid urban development and climate change. Recently, local planning authorities have begun to pay more attention to the preservation and improvement of ecological networks in the city state.   In this article, we are privileged to have Mr Abdul …

Vertical greenery studies

Update on vertical greenery study: After 7 months of preparation, we have finally managed to set up the racks for vertical greenery measurements. Through this study, we hope to learn more about: How green walls can reduce air, surface and mean radiant temperature How effective plants are at reducing temperature under different meteorological conditions The …

Plant composition for green walls – Light and structure

In our previous article, we have talked about how to determine the effectiveness of vertical greenery systems (Link to article here). Some things to look out for include: Plant and substrate system Light provision Plant selection Irrigation Maintainability The following is an example of green wall failure when one or more factors are not considered.  …

Know your plant – Resurrection plants

Resurrection plants are polikilohydric plants that can survive extreme dehydration for months or even years. There are several species commonly known to us, but since Easter is nearing, lets take a look at the Selaginella lepidophylla, otherwise known as the Resurrection Plant. Selaginella lepidophylla is a species of spikemoss under the family Selaginellaceae. Selaginella are primitive …

How greenery can influence the design of form and space

Greenery is normally applied onto building façades and rooftops as an aesthetic treatment. There are many examples on this website that shows the extensive use of greenery on buildings (Figure 6), but very few where the decision to install greenery can be rationalised as a direct response to specific site conditions. Actually, there is none. …