Inspiration

CityTree Cleans Up Air by Moss Culture

The high tech CityTree by Green City Solutions cleans up air as effectively as 275 trees. The moss in the installation filters city air of pollutants like nitrogen oxide, ozone and particulate matter. And behind the living layer there’s a high-tech, solar powered control and metering system. Nothing will replace the biosphere of real trees, but since the CityTree needs only 1% of the space the 275 trees would take, it’s certainly a welcome addition to dense cities.

The high tech CityTree by Green City Solutions cleans up air as effectively as 275 trees. The moss in the installation filters city air of pollutants like nitrogen oxide, ozone and particulate matter. And behind the living layer there’s a high-tech, solar powered control and metering system. Nothing will replace the biosphere of real trees, but since the CityTree needs only 1% of the space the 275 trees would take, it’s certainly a welcome addition…
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Urban Herbs – Chives

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Just found chives growing and flowering on a rock nearby. It doesn’t seem to need all that much soil. Wikipedia tells us that in addition to spicing up foods, chives can be used in pest control. Apparently the sulfur compounds in chives are repulsive to insects, although the flowers still attract bees. A solid choice for a balcony garden, then?
Inspiration

Urban Rivers Installing the Floating Wetlands in Chicago

As we wrote earlier, nonprofit Urban Rivers is bringing floating wetland gardens to Chicago. They have now moved from ideas to implementation and just installed the first wetland modules. I have to say it looks sweet! See some more images on the Urban Rivers Instagram page.

As we wrote earlier, nonprofit Urban Rivers is bringing floating wetland gardens to Chicago. They have now moved from ideas to implementation and just installed the first wetland modules. I have to say it looks sweet! See some more images on the Urban Rivers Instagram page.
Nature Cots

My Wasteland Table

My Wasteland Table is a small bit of refreshing ruderal landscape for your patio or balcony. The table top is made of asphalt and steel rebars sourced from a local urban redevelopment area. The materials are cleaned up and seeds of local wild plants are planted in the cracks in the asphalt. With the redevelopment of ruderal areas, cities sometimes become a bit sterile. In many cities the most interesting urban nature can actually be…