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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…
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Jätkäsaari – Waiting For The Green

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Jätkäsaari is a 100 hectare (250 acre) new neighbourhood in Helsinki, Finland. In the area that used to be the Western port of Helsinki, the construction of a 18 000 resident, 6 000 workplace new urban neighborhood is currently on the way. Thousands of people already live in Jätkäsaari, but the green areas and green elements in the public spaces are conspicuously absent. Jätkäsaari will eventually get 20 hectares (490 acres) of public parks, including a…
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Permaculture Cone – Spiral Planter

The Permaculture Cone has a spiralling design that creates a wide range of different conditions ideal for different plants. The top of the spiral is optimal for plants that like sun and cope with relatively dry soil. On the bottom parts there are spots for plants that thrive in shade and moisture. The cone can be watered at the top and gravity takes care of moving the water down. The cone is made of thin…
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The Movable Bilberry Pad - Modules

Update: The Movable Bilberry Pad – First Modules Ready

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The first modules of The Movable Bilberry Pad are now ready. The Siberian larch container modules were planted with wild bilberries, lingonberries, crowberries and some other forest floor plants such as mosses and calluna. Thank you for our sponsors Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu and the project supporters Kone Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation!
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Building With Sun, Water and Air – Hiroshi Sambuichi Interview

Architect Hiroshi Sambuichi has designed an interesting underground installation called ‘The Water’ at the Cisterns in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sambuichi talks about bringing out the natural beauty of the place. ”I want people to understand that they live in beautiful places”. Read More…

Architect Hiroshi Sambuichi has designed an interesting underground installation called ‘The Water’ at the Cisterns in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sambuichi talks about bringing out the natural beauty of the place. ”I want people to understand that they live in beautiful places”. The installation is certainly ethereal and features, among others, a small moss covered island that bathes in natural light amidst the darkness of the Cisterns.
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Santalaia – 9 Story Residential Building Wrapped in Green

This nine story apartment building in Bogotá, Columbia is clad almost entirely in beautiful green walls. The large project is a collaboration between builder and designer Exacta Proyecto Total, Paisajismo Urbano and Groncol. Read More…

This nine story apartment building in Bogotá, Columbia is clad almost entirely in beautiful green walls. The large project is a collaboration between builder and designer Exacta Proyecto Total, Paisajismo Urbano and Groncol. In a dense area like this, I would imagine also the neighbours to be delighted about the green walls. The whole system is pretty impressive and the video is very informative about the benefits of the living walls.
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Vuosaarenhuippu – Man Made Wilderness

Vuosaarenhuippu hill in eastern Helsinki is an ecologically interesting destination. The 65 meter high hill used to be a dumping ground for construction waste until the late ’80s.  During the ’90s and early ’00s the area was converted into a wild fell-like recreational area. Today the hill has an impressive wealth of flora and fauna. There are currently over 400 species of plants, some of which are endangered. Also many wild animals such as fox, moose, viper, short-toed…
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Update: Movable Bilberry Pad – The Heath Has Arrived!

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The heath forest floor transplant that we will use for the Movable Bilberry Pad has arrived! Piiraisen Viherpalvelu delivered and installed the transplant swiftly. The forest floor transplant is shipped in a 2 m (6 ft) wide roll that contains 5 meters (16 ft) of heath ”carpet”. The transplant contains bilberry and lingonberry shrubs, various mosses, heather, crowberry and some other forest floor plants. For our installation we received 20 m2 of transplant that will…
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Update: The Movable Bilberry Pad – Construction

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The construction of the Movable Bilberry Pad has started. During the summer we will grow fresh heath with bilberries and lingonberries. We will also build movable planters for the installation. In the fall we will move some plants, hopefully with berries, to the planters and take them to the folks at Maijala service center in Kangasala. Thank you for our sponsors Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu!
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Forest Bus in Taiwan

The plant filled Forest Bus delights passengers in Taiwan. Local florist Alfie Lin and designer Xiao Qing-Yang converted the bus into a relaxing oasis with moss, flowers and ferns. The pleased passengers have hoped that the refreshing conversion could be permanent and it is easy to see why.

The plant filled Forest Bus delights passengers in Taiwan. Local florist Alfie Lin and designer Xiao Qing-Yang converted the bus into a relaxing oasis with moss, flowers and ferns. The pleased passengers have hoped that the refreshing conversion could be permanent and it is easy to see why.
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Bobbing Forest

The Bobbing Forest in Rotterdam

In Rotterdam we saw this fabulous Bobbing Forest installation by the Dutch artist Jorge Bakker. The installation consists of floating buoys that have live trees planted in them. In the winds and waves of the Rijnhaven bay, the trees bob and sway around beautifully. The Bobbing Forest creates an interesting, new type of forest close to a very concrete-jungle part of Rotterdam. Kudos for the people who have made this happen!