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The Journal of Living Architecture (JLIV) is published exclusive here, on the Living Architecture Monitor website. The magazine will publish the abstract of each published JLIV manuscript in the quarterly issue of the LAM, with a link to the full paper here.

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This paper explores ideas for integrating moveable exterior living walls with the facades of high-rise buildings to enhance urban ecosystems while contributing opportunities for personal interaction with the natural world. Rethinking the typical static nature of living walls, kinetic green walls convey a dynamic aesthetic that provides multiple potential benefits including habitat, passive cooling and opportunity for personal expressions in dense urban environments. This article proposes prototypes of kinetic green walls and suggests their expanded application to the ultra-urban built environment. It offers a preliminary typology, presents a moveable green wall system prototype installed in an urban university setting in Seattle, and demonstrates how the kinetic qualities afford flexible operational, educational, and aesthetic functions. Reflecting upon the challenges and solutions for the built project, this article identifies essential considerations for designing and constructing moveable living walls, illustrated through photographs, construction details and diagrams of new kinetic living wall applications. 

Academic training and investigation for innovative living architecture demands educational settings be conceptual, experiential, and cost effective. To assist, we advance the idea that shipping containers offer an acceptable setting for faculty and students investigating kinetic forms of living architecture and opportunities for reflective thinking. Described here are three separate, uncoordinated academic engagements exploring moving, sliding and mobile green roofs and walls on shipping containers that occured in the design studio, field laboratory, and public setting. When collectively viewed, the outcomes of the projects indicate a positive use of shipping containers as conceptual and participatory spaces for living architecture education and innovation.