Green roofs and vertical gardens (The Daily Green)

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The Past, Present and Future of Green Roofs & Vertical Gardens

A new exhibit looks at the exciting possibilities of growing food and vegetation in unlikely spaces, transforming cities into sustainable green oases. Also check out recycled green art and modular homes.

By Gloria Dawson

A new exhibit on vertical gardens, vertical farms and green roofs has opened at Exit Art in Midtown Manhattan in partnership with SEA (Social Environmental Aesthetics). The exhibit incorporates photography, illustrations and information on various alternative garden and farming projects.

This exhibit explores this most basic desire for us to reconnect with nature even as the world is increasingly developed into urban spaces. The exhibit realizes this desire in pieces both simplistic and scientific – illustrations of vegetation-covered building, vertical gardens that add beauty and functionality to a cement landscape and urban farms that sustain us in our cities. Overall the aim of these gardens and farms is to reduce our carbon footprint, produce oxygen, clean toxins and produce food where we are actually living.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.