Urbanscape Green Roofs

Positive environmental (and landscaping) impacts as a result of responsible irrigation

Posted by Jure Sumi on Mar 28, 2018 11:31:12 AM

Abu Dhabi City Municipality calls for responsible use of irrigation water

 

Last week Abu Dhabi City Municipality was hosting a 3-day business event focusing on responsible irrigation. As a result, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has called all on parties engaged in the field of irrigation to adopt the best methods and advanced techniques in irrigating greens and landscaped areas, plants and trees. The call is part of the Municipality's efforts to conserve energy as well as natural and water resources.

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Topics: Landscaping, landscape design

Influence of different soil supplements on water retention properties

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 19, 2017 4:29:54 PM

Any growing media needs to enable the constant inflow of water, nutrients and oxygen to the plant’s roots. Substrates must anchor the plant and have certain characteristics that will promote the growth and development of plants; and they must have suitable air and water capacity.

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Topics: Landscaping

Tip and tricks for successful tree planting in urban landscaping environments

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jun 5, 2017 3:08:01 PM

A lot of positive effects come from planting trees in an urban environment. Planting trees can actually contribute to enjoying cleaner air, and by that contribute to a healthier life in the city, as trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen, and also absorb pollutants like nitrogen, ammonia and sulphur dioxide.

By shading concrete streets, trees help reduce the temperature of the street and the entire city. With their shading properties, trees also help slow the evaporation of water from other plants. By planting trees the right way stormwater runoff, too, can be controlled.

In addition, trees can provide food, improve our mental wellbeing, lend a sense of identity to the neighbourhood; even real estate with more green areas around tends to have higher value than those with little or no green areas.

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Topics: Landscaping

How to set up a lush green garden / landscape design that uses a minimum of water

Posted by Maja Tomazin on May 8, 2017 10:54:26 AM

Everyone wants to have the greenest garden possible, all the time, especially in the summer, when the sun pulls us outside. As the terrace is an extension of the dining room, the garden opens up as extension of the living room and offers us some green shadow and shelter, as well as food, workspace and a playground.

 

As we all hope to have a lush garden full of fruits and flowers, large amounts of water are used; and if the irrigation system isn’t automatic, a lot of time is spent on the watering as well.

With a well thought out garden design, smart technical support and the right landscaping system you can enjoy your garden, save time and water, and therefore maximize your ecological contribution as well

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Topics: Landscaping

URBAN GARDENING – How it’s done

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Apr 11, 2017 2:09:43 PM

Are you living in a condo/flat and don’t have any space to grow any herbs or veggies? Don’t worry, we have many ideas on how to help. Here we provide a handful of design solutions that can be easily implemented in your kitchen or living room, on the stairs or window sill, and more.

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Topics: Landscaping

CAD Designs for Urbanscape Landscaping system available now!

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Feb 24, 2017 2:32:11 PM

CAD (Computer Aided Design) is a combination of hardware and software computer technology that enables designers (architects, engineers, etc.) to replace manual drafting with the precision of a digital process capable of creating 2D and 3D models, drawings and plans.

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Topics: CAD, Landscaping

Indoor / Vertical farming: More yield in small spaces and much more…

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Feb 1, 2017 3:06:16 PM

The beginning…

The first known sketch of vertical farms, from Rem Koolhaas in 1909 was presented in his book Delirious New York. In it he talked about the skyscraper “as Utopian device for the production of unlimited numbers of virgin sites on a metropolitan location.” Shortly afterward (1915), G.E. Bailey coined the phrase “vertical farming” and published a book of the same name.

But why is vertical farming getting the importance?

The most important factor in the question of farming and increased vertical farming is world population growth, which is expected to grow from 7 billion people in 2011 to 9 billion in 2045; and whereby 54% of people live in cities today, the UN expects the number to increase to 66% by 2050. In addition: at this rate of population growth total world production of fruits and vegetables will have to rise from the current 2.4 billion tons in 2011 to 3.1 billion tons in 2045 – so the question, understandably, is this: Where will all this food come from?

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Topics: Landscaping

Vertical farming – A solution to the growing demand for food?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jan 16, 2017 2:29:56 PM

But first a few words on the history of vertical farming

Before Gilbert Ellis Bailey, PhD invented the phrase “vertical farming” people lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years. Actually, it all started with hanging gardens of Babylon.

In ancient Rome in the year 500, the Romans were growing grapes that climbed walls or wooden structures. Around 1150, the Aztecs were growing food in floating gardens. And in the 15th century the Incas were building forts to support their efforts to bring soil from the valleys to the mountains in order to plant for food.

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Topics: Landscaping

Grow bacteria for a clean environment, or how the right landscaping solutions can help

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Nov 7, 2016 11:37:20 AM

Bioremediation – are you familiar with the process?

Bioremediation is a waste management technique that involves using organisms to remove or neutralize pollutants from a contaminated site.

Bioremediation is a treatment that uses naturally occurring organisms to break down hazardous substances into less toxic or non-toxic substances. It works by providing these pollution-eating organisms with fertilizers, oxygen, and other conditions that encourage their rapid growth.


Shortly, as remediate means to solve a problem, “Bio-remediate” means to use biological organisms (bacteria, yeast, and fungi), using pollutants as a source of food or in co-metabolism processes to solve an environmental problem. Bioremediation is most commonly used to solve problems related to oil spills or the introduction of various pollutants into the environment and the consequent contamination of groundwater.

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Topics: Landscaping

Green wall: another dimension of a green roof?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Oct 11, 2016 2:16:55 PM

Plants have been growing on building façades since the first stone was laid – but living walls represent the next generation. The father of the patent for the idea of a green wall was Stanley Hart White back in 1938. However, it was Patrick Blanc who created the most famous green wall at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. Since then he has been recognized as the godfather of the ‘vegetal wall’.

Although we can use many names to describe this living wall, all of these names actually describe the distinguishing feature of the green wall itself. Some people use it to cover a concrete wall and improve its appearance; and some people do not have gardens, so they use vertical gardens to harvest various crops.

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Topics: Landscaping, green infrastructure