Transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color (Dimidia / CNN)

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Green walls create new urban jungles

By Matthew Knight, CNN

London (CNN) — Vertical gardens are cropping up all over cities these days, transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color.

These lush expanses have found their way onto the walls — both inside and out — on numerous sites in recent years revitalizing public buildings, hotels, offices and even a multi-storey car park in Netherlands.

Aside from their pleasing aesthetic qualities, vertical gardens could also deliver more practical benefits says Mark Laurence, creative director at Biotecture, a UK company who design and build green walls.

“The market is rapidly moving into looking at how they can provide eco-system services and green infrastructures for urban environments,” Laurence said.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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