Vietnamese Feng Shui has played a role in bringing the benefits of 'vertical gardens' and green roofs to 720 families who will eventually live in a high rise building in Ho Chi Minh City. The lush green 'vertical garden' facade on the 22 storey housing development will be achieved with the use of bamboo planter boxes. A large rooftop garden will provide residents with lots of private, nourishing green space and stunning views.
Ho Chi Minh city is predominantly a concrete jungle-the bamboo will not only provide a lush aesthetic to the building, it will also work as a protective screen. The plantings will offer privacy and protection to residents from the harsh sun, provide heat regulating properties and improve air quality in the city, as well as complement the expansive rooftop garden
The average Australian family produces almost 100,000 litres of grey water per year.
This is enough to grow grow 60 tonnes of potatoes and 40 tons
of tomatoes. Soil creates life and if we use it for Greenroofs and Greenwalls we can filter grey water and use the sun's energy to produce abundant quantities of food. You may cringe at the thought but nutrient rich urine can be turned into excellent fertiliser too!
Joost Bakker's TED talk last year is really worth listening to so grab a coffee and enjoy these few minutes of inspiration and common sense. "Driven by making a difference to the world, Joost's innovations in building materials, waste treatment and nutrition are attracting global interest. Living in a time where there are many challenges and uncertainties regarding resources and the state of the environment, people are welcoming Joost's pioneering ideas and thinking. Joost is regularly invited to share the principles behind what he does,in order to inspire others to contribute to a better future."