Behind Green Walls

Sourced from The New Indian Express

One of the most conspicuous green trends last year was the emergence of spectacular green walls across Indian cities. From acting as bio-lungs in public spaces to making a brand statement in corporate buildings, green walls have started playing versatile roles in urban architecture.

VISUAL STATEMENTS

The original intent behind going vertical with plants may have been shrinking urban spaces. But, their growing popularity is more due to the grand visual statement they make. Most green walls are used as feature walls in hotel and corporate lobbies or as facades to enhance the perceived value of a building.

FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS

Of course, there are many functional benefits. They can improve air quality, especially in closed, air-conditioned buildings. They can act as noise barriers in bustling workplaces. As facades, they also cool buildings, reducing energy consumption. In fact, Tokyo has made it mandatory for construction projects with a footprint above 1,000 square metres to green their walls and rooftops. This is because collectively, they act as massive urban air-conditioners, by reducing the ‘urban heat island’ effect generated from all the concrete.

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