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Introduction to Living Walls

A living wall, vertical garden, or green wall is vertical landscaping or architecture that facilitates plants.

Mark Ostendorf

on 4 September 2014

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Ancient Living Architecture

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Terraced gardens could support large plants and trees.

Allegedly built to appease King Nebuchadnezzar's homesick wife.

Early predecessor of modern green roofs and living walls
A living wall is simply vertical space covered by vegetation.

Living walls are also called:
Green Walls
Vertical Gardens
Vertical Greenery
What is a Living Wall?
Specialized Vegetation and Growing Materials
Climbing or cascading plants
Drought tolerant plants
Engineered growing media
Trellis/cable/etc. support systems
Mimic naturally occurring vertically-oriented environments like:
Vines climbing tree trunks
Plants overhanging cliffs and bluffs
Succulents clinging to rocky outcrops
How Do Living Walls Work?
What is a Living Wall?
Living Wall Systems come in all shapes, sizes, and functions!
Living Walls can be found inside and outside!
Types of Living Walls
Usually utilize climbing plants (Ivy & vines), rooted at ground level or in planter boxes
Plants cover wall surfaces directly or indirectly via trellis, cables, etc.
Green Façades
Vertical systems that use growing media in every module to support vegetation.

Can use a wide variety of tropical, succulent, climbing, groundcover, native, or edible plants.
Modular Living Walls
Green retaining wall systems provide development space, slope stabilization, and growing space for plants.

Can support a variety of plants, including groundcovers, natives, and edibles.
Living Retaining Walls
Living Fences
Vegetation can be made to cover almost any vertical surface including:
Interior and Exterior Building Walls
Retaining Walls
Stand-alone Walls and Fences
Living Walls Today
Modern living wall systems are much more advanced & diversified.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Modular fencing pre-grown with vegetation. Provide privacy, noise reduction, graffiti reduction, enhanced aesthetic.
Reduce & delay stormwater runoff
Filter pollutants
Efficient irrigation options
Drip irrigation
Rainwater systems
Greywater systems
Temperature moderation through evapotranspiration and foliage shading
Reduce Urban Heat Island Effect
Filter and purify air
Green image marketing
Reduction in heating & cooling costs
Possible reduction in stormwater fees
Possible LEED points
Benefits vary due to:
Wall type
Wall size
Climate & microclimate
Interior or exterior
Plant selection
Green noise reduction for many applications:
Along roadways
Around airports
Outdoor Restaurant and Bar Seating
In busy city centers
Potential for living art
Dramatic aesthetic appeal
Ecological benefits to insects & birds
Improved mood & worker productivity
What is a Living Wall?
Thank you for watching!
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