We published a short blog post in November on this living wall erected last year in Minneapolis, based on a short article written for a local planning council website. After seeing the post, the editor of the Living Architecture Monthly magazine invited us to expand it to a full article. It was a great opportunity to check in with both the contractor that did the work as well as the volunteer that coordinates maintenance for the wall. The story follows below: Continue reading
[UPDATE 5/18] The entire wall is up, and the Wilshire Box and VertiGreen 3D trellis is up next to it! Looking good, and getting ready to host a seminar about it next month for Boston-area landscapers and designers…
One of the advantages of working with irrigation distributors is that they really know how to set up an irrigation system. Tournesol Siteworks partner BISCO Irrigation (with locations throughout New England) installed several living wall systems at their Dedham, MA branch. We took advantage of their work to document in this post how they set it up.
Dedham is located inland of Boston, and is a Zone 6B in the USDA Plant Hardiness Map. They have selected the VGM-10 modules, with a full 8″ soil profile. They are also putting in several other Tournesol green wall options, including a Wilshire Box hanging planter and VertiGreen 3D trellis panel (you can see them to the right in the image above), and a VertiGreen Hybrid trellis panel. The irrigation system uses the Baseline 3200 controller from Baseline Systems, paired with a moisture sensor. Using the Baseline 2-wire system the whole thing can be remotely monitored for water use and soil moisture levels.
Join ASLA – NCC on February 16th for the next lecture in its 2012 lecture series: Living Walls – the Intersection of Art, Ecology and Technology!
Living walls ignite the imagination of designers everywhere. And what is not to like, for as encapsulated visions of nature with their seemingly perfect beauty contained on a wall or screen, they tend to idealize nature in the urban realm. The panelists will expand the dialogue on living walls to explore the many facets and perspectives of how living walls create a perfect intersect of design, environmental science and sustainable technology. Dialogue will include both public and private sector projects and a discussion on available technologies and resources. Many of these walls and living design manifestations have been emerging as a response to today’s urban issues such as tight urban spaces, the general trend towards greener cities, fostering habitat in blighted neighborhoods, and emissions reductions. Some of the living wall projects that will be shared include recent Bay Area installations including the Drew School Wall, 12 Gallagher Lane, and the Metreon’s Moving Art Panels. Plus, there will be artful and inspiring examples from cities around the globe that may prove to expand your own definition of living walls. The question: “How sustainable are living walls – are they an urban panacea or just an iconic fad?” will be explored by each presenter.
Panelists leading the evening’s conversation are:
You may recall the post that we featured here, about this Whole Foods store located in Lake Grove, NY. As we mentioned in that post, the installation of the initial 128 sq. ft. of living wall went so well that the owner decided to expand the wall to the entire area. Blondies Treehouse of Mamaroneck, NY, was the contractor that did both the intial as well as the subsequent installation. They’ve been extremely pleased with the way the VertiGreen Hybrid it has been growing in. We’re hoping to get installation images from another, much larger installation that they’ve recently done soon.
We just got in pictures of our second installation of the VertiGreen Hybrid product, along this wall in San Diego. The project, specified by Gillespie Moody Patterson and installed by Valleycrest Landscape, was originally supposed to be a conventional 3D trellis.
More images after the break…
I was down in Pebble Beach going by the Concourse d’Elegance (the most prestigious vintage automobile show in the country), and I happened to notice this display by Yokohama Tires. After googling Yokohama, I discovered that they’ve been using different living wall displays in exhibits and shows around the country, and that it’s gotten them a lot of publicity.
More after the break…