The Sydney Morning Herald’s Lance Richardson reports on six rundown city block properties in Miami Beach that an Argentine
entrepreneur is set to transform into a neighbourhood of fountains and palm
Melbourne’s Alto on Bourke, the city’s only carbon-neutral hotel, supplies
honey at breakfast from its rooftop hives.
And gardening writer Robin Powell, like many
others, is enamoured of the 25-storey high supertrees at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay which are “partly covered with a façade of green wall plantings of
There are plans for Sydney’s Double Bay to
have a rooftop cinema at the council car park and, of course, the city’s
highest vertical green wall is maturing at Sydney’s Central Park.
(Architecture & Design also reports on 5 vertical
There is a
fascination with vertical greenery and rooftop activity for all, especially
with benefits such as improved air quality, biodiversity, beauty, insulation,
water and reduced urban heat island effects.
Sydney has adopted the first ever green roofs and walls policy for Australia,
which sets out its commitment to increase the number of high quality green
roofs and walls in the City.
As well as
saying there are benefits to individuals, communities and the environment to
having green walls and roofs, its Green Roofs & Walls, Your inspirational guide, has chapters on why to build green and the different types of walls and
roofs, curated examples of residential greenery in inner Sydney, hints at what
to ask an architect, and a plant picker with the plants that will work best in
Elsewhere there is another
list of almost 100 green roofs and walls showing which ones have public access,
mostly in parks and hotels, and which do not, mostly with private commercial
firms and residential blocks.
The guide’s selector
advises on how best to choose a green wall, Basic, Semi-Intensive and
Intensive, and where you require little gardening knowledge and ones for more
experienced gardeners and where good handy-person skills are required.
It is accompanied by a three -year
implementation plan, a resource manual and perception study. There are also downloadable resources with more
technical installation information, water and energy technologies and
The guide is available at selected cafes in
inner Sydney, and at Green villages workshops and online.
Melbourne’s Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and
Victoria was released in February.