Stefano Boeri proposes SUPERVERDE urban greening modules

August 13, 2020 by  
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In a bid to bring more greenery to our cities, Milan-headquartered architecture practice Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed SUPERVERDE, a series of scalable, modular soil blocks designed for greening urban spaces. Described as “a modular portion of living soil,” the SUPERVERDE units are meant to be installed in both public and private urban areas with the intent of strengthening connections between people and nature. The design would also help increase biodiversity, decrease the urban heat island effect and demineralize soils. Best known for his Vertical Forest project — residential towers topped with trees — architect Stefano Boeri is passionate about embedding greenery into cities worldwide. Unlike his typical projects, the SUPERVERDE concept focuses on adaptable, vegetated architecture and consists of a permeable and flexible surface that could be measured and purchased by the square meter. These modular units of living soil would be designed to support a variety of plant life and, by extension, fauna biodiversity.  Related: France’s first Vertical Forest will add a “hectare of forest” to Paris’ skyline “SUPERVERDE, which can be used for always new and different landscapes, is composed of a fine edge, available in various finishes, which contains all the technological equipment necessary for the maintenance of vegetation and supports the tectonic movements of the ground,” the designers explained. “Its versatility and adaptability to any type of urban open space — public, semi-public or private — is the main feature of the project, which allows to demineralize impermeable surfaces thanks to its modular system, suitable to cover even large areas.” The modular concept proposes two main sizes. The first is small, with surface areas ranging from 9 to 20 square meters capable of containing up to three tall trees, 20 medium-sized shrubs and numerous grasses and perennials. The second, extra-large version ranges from 60 to 100 square meters and is capable of hosting a dozen trees or 1,600 medium-sized shrubs and grasses. + Stefano Boeri Architetti Images via Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Montreal unveils plans for award-winning Biodiversity Corridor

May 26, 2020 by  
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Following decades of car-oriented growth that replaced swaths of greenery with asphalt, the city of Montreal is attempting to bring nature back with the launch of its ambitious new Biodiversity Corridor project. A team of four firms — civiliti, LAND Italia, Table Architecture and Biodiversité Conseil — designed the project, which was selected as the winning submission in a 2018 national landscape architecture competition. The greening initiative will be implemented in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough over the next 20 years. According to the design team, approximately 70% of Saint-Laurent is now covered in asphalt as a result of the rapid industrialization of the city that started in the 1960s. Dismayed by the disappearance of tree cover and vegetation, local authorities in 2015 began conducting various studies — including detailed inventories of existing fauna and flora — for bringing nature back to the region. This ultimately led to the idea of the Biodiversity Corridor. Related: An old warehouse is rehabbed into chic apartments in Montreal The Biodiversity Corridor will be organized along a narrow strip of “wasteland” that runs underneath overhead power lines along three main boulevards. The space, currently occupied by nothing other than mowed lawns, will be transformed into flowering meadows to attract birds, pollinating insects and small animals. Earthworks will also be employed to create an undulating landscape for visual interest. New pedestrian trails, upgraded bicycle paths and a series of activity and rest areas will be added as well. “The corridor will enable the transition from a mostly asphalted, fragmented territory to a diversified urban landscape, connected to all living beings,” said Fannie Duguay-Lefebvre, a spokesperson for civiliti. The Biodiversity Corridor masterplan is also expected to serve as a model for sustainable landscape reclamation for all of Montreal as well as other cities and countries. The project received a Special Jury Award for the category “Sustainable Development” in the 2020 edition of the National Urban Design Awards.  + civiliti Images via civiliti, LAND Italia, Table Architecture and Biodiversité Conseil

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Artist transforms an ugly London phone booth into a lush green ‘Living Box’

February 11, 2016 by  
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If you’re strolling around the streets of London today, make sure to keep an eye out for one extraordinarily green phone booth. Local artist Andrea Tyrimos painted the booth located at 79 Southampton Row to complement a living wall previously installed by urban greening specialists, Treebox . As a result of the collaboration, the Living Box installation will serve as a reminder to all Londoners of the many positive effects of vegetation in urban settings . Read the rest of Artist transforms an ugly London phone booth into a lush green ‘Living Box’

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Flint counsel says that manslaughter charges may be possible

February 11, 2016 by  
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Investigators looking into the lead contamination of Flint, Michigan’s water supply says those leaders involved in the crisis may face charges as severe as manslaughter . The city’s corrosive tap water, in the aftermath of switching water sources in April 2014, has been the center of a public health emergency for many months, and the role played by government leaders is still being determined. Sky-high levels of lead in the water have caused thousands of children to suffer from lead poisoning , while other contaminants in the water may be linked to deaths from Legionnaires’ disease. Read the rest of Flint counsel says that manslaughter charges may be possible

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Lake Retba is a Bizarre, Naturally Occurring Pink Lake in Senegal

July 10, 2012 by  
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Luvmuds: Seed Hearts for Valentine’s Day!

February 11, 2010 by  
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Wondering how to express your budding love for a fellow dirt aficionado? Try a soil and nutrient packed Luvmud by architecture and strategic consulting firm, super-interesting ! A heart-shaped seed bomb packed with soil, worm castings, cow manure, clay, coconut coir and herb or vegetable seeds, they’re the perfect way to say, “I love you and the earth.” In celebration of Valentine’s Day, super-interesting! will be giving away their Luvmuds at Spring Art + Design , located at 156a Front Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn starting Friday at noon .

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