Outstanding Blog! It takes patience and much nurturing to pull off these kind of projects. I also think however that the project you selected is way too early for giving comparisons. Every thing lies in maintenance! The amount of work it takes to keep these glass facades clean is also expensive. Id rather have some greenery on my 18th floor balcony then have only glass.
The technology has improved leaps and bound for Green roofs so its archaic to talk about 20 ponds extra per sqft as a big issue. Again its all about maintenance. I work in a very simple office tower in Seoul. We have a roof garden with small trees 3m tall shrubs and other plants.
The access to this space is limited because there is no direct elevator to the top, just the emergency stairs on 17th floor, so only workers here know about it.
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Due to the cost of land and profitability, most projects maximize the coverage ratio on the ground floor, which in most cases cannot provide the minimum landscape area by law, so part of the landscape need to be located in upper floors. So, we are enjoying a roof garden because of the law basically. Most investors and clients just want to make cheap buildings to maximize their profits, and do not care at all about making a better environment because it costs more. I do not care if the render is not exactly as the finished building.
Mcdonalds use renderings as well and the burger you get is not the same as the picture. My point is that green spaces in a building are better than nothing, and should not be a discussion issue anymore. One team of gardeners for all the greening system, since ever. It costs less than you think.
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Interesting subject. As a person who has rendered designs and implemented them, the final product rarely looks exactly like the rendering.
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Value engineering, design changes, and engineering constraints are all factors. The initial idea is flashy and intended as a marketing product. They want to see their site design at its best, which sometimes will not be a reality until plants mature years later. Such a wonderful subject. As an environmental designer who works in landscape fields, I always face with clients Architects send me renders and request for construction advices, without any realization of plants and their needs, not even the basic ones. Also I worked with architectural teams that come a long with plant natural rules and try to have innovation in architecture with all limitation of working with plants that were to interesting and useful.
Also I admire Bosco Verticale, it is a real extraordinary project that I always describe all the notes and gaps in green-skyscrapers for my clients with that. It is a great real example for the way of species selectin, plant size and the way the box details have to be and comprise differences between renders and reality. I wish we could have more examples like this.
This is very inspiring to me! I love these renderings, such artwork! As a horticulturalist I always envisioned a time when man might not be around and the plants take over the buildings, but this is much better!
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I would like to say, of my time practicing architecture, the concept of a treescraper came as a rejection of the steel and glass skyscrapers that are cold, monotonous and lifeless. Adding trees was a way to bring in nature and life into a place where direct access to green is impossible on higher floors. Ken Yeang has been designing eco-architecture for years and he has some great examples of having careful planning of green landscaping and consideration of the ecosystem in the building.
Renderings show the future possibility of the building, and not a cheap gimic to fool the people. The idea of trees in skyscrapers is not something we should condemn, rather we could see it as an effort to create more soft green spaces in a hard grey environment we have now. I believe that technology would improve to make treescrapers more feasible in the future, and one day the renderings would become reality.
It adds trees to buildings. You make valid points about the wind and sunlight, which should be taken into consideration.
Urban Forest for Chongqing designed by MAD After installation, trees are also subject to high winds at altitude but you never see them bent in renderings. Early rendering of Vertical Forest via Boeri Studio This divergence of rendering and reality is not a one-off phenomenon; it is inherent to any tall-building project involving trees, and especially ones that propose much taller tree-topped towers.
Extensive green roof on the Villa Bio by Enric Ruiz-Geli For extensive projects, the demands are lower for water, nutrients and ongoing management than they are for intensive ones. Peruri 88 vertical city for Jakarta, Indonesia, by MVDRV , rendering by RSI-Studio A treescraper approach potentially suffers the same problem, but magnified: it lifts trees out of shared public spaces entirely, putting them up where they can be seen by many but enjoyed by few.
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Yes Please! Previous in Playlist. Next in Playlist. Nothing here yet! Feel free to browse the archives to add episodes. As long as they remain standing, not much can go wrong. In natural forests, it is the death from old age of a mighty mother tree that leaves surrounding trees without support. Trees are not known for their speed, and it takes some species many years before they stand firm once again after such disruptions. Every few years, a few weeks after a tropical storm, Steve Johnson, a herpetology professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, gets inundated with calls and emails about an invasion of juvenile toads.
They appear out of nowhere and The process of learning stability is triggered by painful micro-tears that occur when the trees bend way over in the wind, first in one direction and then in the other.
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This takes a whole lot of energy, which is then unavailable for growing upward. But, here again, it takes a number of years for the tree to take full advantage of this. If the bright sun were to shine directly on them now, they would be scorched—ouch, that hurts! And because the buds for the coming year are formed the previous spring and summer, it takes a deciduous tree at least two growing seasons to adjust.
Conifers take even longer, because their needles stay on their branches for up to 10 years. The situation remains tense until all the green leaves and needles have been replaced. The thickness and stability of a trunk, therefore, build up as the tree responds to a series of aches and pains.
In a natural forest, this little game can be repeated many times over the lifetime of a tree. Once the gap opened by the loss of another tree is overcome and everyone has extended their crowns so far out that the window of light into the forest is, once again, closed, then everyone can go back to leaning on everyone else. When that happens, more energy is put into growing trunks tall instead of wide, with predictable consequences when, decades later, the next tree breathes its last.
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The trees that were being eaten gave off a warning gas that signaled to neighboring trees that a crisis was at hand. If trees are capable of learning and you can see they are just by observing them , then the question becomes: Where do they store what they have learned and how do they access this information?
But along comes the Australian scientist Monica Gagliano. They make particularly good research subjects, because it is easy to get them a bit riled up and they are easier to study in the laboratory than trees are. When they are touched, they close their feathery little leaves to protect themselves. At first, the anxious leaves closed immediately, but after a while, the little plants learned there was no danger of damage from the water droplets.
After that, the leaves remained open despite the drops. Even more surprising for Gagliano was the fact that the mimosas could remember and apply their lesson weeks later, even without any further tests. But, at least as far as water is concerned, there is research in the field that reveals more than just behavioral changes: When trees are really thirsty, they begin to scream.
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