Project: Green Wall Concept and Experiment
Award: 2004 AILA National Awards, Commendation for Research & Communication in LandscapeArchitecture – The Green Wall Experiment
Location: Prototype constructed in Ryde, Sydney
A visionary and innovative project in urban greening and ecologically sustainable design.
With a significant demographic trend towards urban growth during the late 20th century, for the first time in history over half the world’s population are urban dwellers. The quality of our lives in an urban environment is becoming increasingly important as this trend continues.
Through observation of facades on many inner city buildings the idea for a creative ecological intervention was born: to productively use these ‘vertical terrain vagues’ as large scale growing surfaces.
A living ecological surface is envisaged as having many potential benefits such as improving visual aesthetics, providing a system to manage stormwater run-off and grey water from buildings, and to provide natural internal climate control, to name just a few.
A preliminary experiment, growing local native Sydney plants on a constructed wall system, has been the first step towards realisation of this greater vision for the Green Wall Project.
To fully realise the aim of this work, to develop a viable and environmentally sustainable green wall system for new or existing buildings, further theoretical and practical development of the idea is now being undertaken.
Research of theoretical and historic precedence
Concept development paper
Detailed experiment design
Celia Symonds, Alice Pryke and the PSB team
Employer: Pittendrigh Shinkfield Bruce