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Green a city grow a wall

Loh, Susan & Stav, Yael (2008) Green a city grow a wall. In Kennedy, Rosemary J. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Subtropical Cities 2008 Conference : From Fault-lines to Sight-lines : Subtropical Urbanism in 20-20, Centre for Subtropical Design, Queensland University of Technology, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

As Brisbane grows, it is rapidly becoming akin to any other city in the world with its typical stark grey concrete buildings rather than being characterized by its subtropical element of abundant green vegetation. Living Walls can play a vital role in restoring the loss of this distinct local element of a subtropical city. This paper will start by giving an overview of the traditional methods of greening subtropical cities with the use of urban parks and street trees. Then, by examining a recent heat imaging map of Brisbane, the effect of green cover with the built environment will be shown. With this information from a macro level, this paper will proceed to examine a typical urban block within the Central Business District (CBD) to demonstrate urban densification in relation to greenery in the city. Then, this paper will introduce the new technology where Living Walls have the untapped potential of effectively greening a city where land is scarce and given over to high density development. Living Walls incorporated into building design does not only enhance the subtropical lifestyle that is being lost in modern cities but is also an effective means for addressing climate change. This paper will serve as a preliminary investigation into the effects of incorporating Living Walls into cities. By growing a Living Wall onto buildings, we can be part of an effective design solution for countering global warming and at the same time, Living Walls can return local character to subtropical cities, thereby greening the city as well.

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ID Code: 28173
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The contents of the proceedings can be freely access via the publisher's website (See Official URL)
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Keywords: Living walls, greening subtropical cities, climate change, global warming, local character
ISBN: 9780975244029
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics Lighting Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2009 10:14
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:43

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