Thursday, May 30, 2024

Green Infrastucture

Riverbank State Park urban farm, a welcome addition to the Harlem precinct (Image: Michael Casey)
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The educational value of urban green spaces for students

By Michael Casey

In the heart of bustling cities like New York, amidst the concrete jungle, lies an oasis of greenery and tranquility. These green spaces, often overlooked amongst the skyscrapers and busy streets, play a vital role in enhancing the quality of urban life and fostering a deeper connection with nature.Continue reading

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‘Purple Roof’ plant and infrastructure trials with Western Sydney University (Image: Michael Casey)
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Greening Forces

The collaborative role of nurseries and urban greening professionals

By Michael Casey

Urban areas worldwide face escalating environmental challenges, including air and water pollution, heat islands, and loss of biodiversity. In response, urban greening has emerged as a critical strategy to mitigate these issues, enhancing the sustainability and liveability of cities.Continue reading

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The City of Melbourne pop-up space program is dedicated to transferring skills on plant choices and planting skills to green our laneways, courtyards and balconies (Image: Michael Casey)
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Global perspectives on cultivating natural cities

By Michael Casey

Efforts in contemporary urban greening projects pave the way for a more sustainable future.

Embarking on a journey towards a harmonious coexistence with nature, we witness the transformative embrace of urban green projects worldwide. From the heart of a bustling metropolis to the soulful corners of quaint towns, communities are breathing life into concrete landscapes.… Continue reading

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Plants are required to help soften our grey infrastructure along with providing climate-mitigating solutions (Image: Michael Casey)
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Discovering tomorrow: Exploring the visionary landscape of nature-based cities

By Michael Casey

I’m captivated by the vibrant energy of cities, and harbour a deep love and respect for nature. However, when will we truly experience a merging of these two worlds, placing our profound need for plants at the forefront?Continue reading

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Knowledge sharing and networking is the foundation of urban greening (Image: Karen Smith)
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Partnerships are critical when greening our built environments

By Michael Casey

Greening built environments demands a blending of expertise from various disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, engineering, and environmental and horticultural sciences. Interdisciplinary collaboration, facilitated by partnerships, ensures a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable development.Continue reading

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Amongst others, green infrastructure combines the professions of building, design, engineering, horticulture, landscape construction and asset management (Image: Karen Smith)
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Education and training the right mix for a greener built environment

By Michael Casey

The significance of training and development of staff cannot be understated for its importance in any industry, and for the success of businesses worldwide. The opportunities that training and development programs can bring to staff extend beyond just improving their skills, to also enhancing employee productivity and company culture.… Continue reading

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Colour achieved through plant diversity (Image: Michael Casey)
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Dense and diverse urban planting – popular or misunderstood?

By Michael Casey

Is the adoption of dense and diverse urban planting on the rise, or is it simply misunderstood?

Urban density and growth is on the rise, and currently the increased numbers are on an upward trajectory and is happening faster than we have ever experienced in human history, with an additional two billion people expected in urban areas by 2050.… Continue reading

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On-site discussion ensures a succesful and appealing outcome (Image: Michael Casey)
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What’s roadblocking urban greening projects?

By Michael Casey

Green infrastructure projects can be incredibly beneficial for the environment and communities, but they can also come with challenges when trying to plan and be granted approval to build these into our built environments. Our councils are on board, communities love the introduction of nature spaces and our planners and designers understand more about the added benefits of introducing green infrastructure into their designs.Continue reading

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Long periods between maintenance enables insects to colonise (Image: Michael Casey)
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Plants and insects can coexist in indoor spaces with the right mix

By Michael Casey

The rise in interest in interior plantscaping, along with vertical gardens and other forms of interior plant layouts, is being matched with the results of the associated benefits. These include providing clean pollution-free filtered air and cooler environments, along with connecting people to nature.… Continue reading

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Scissor lift in action maintaining a city green wall (Image: Fytogreen)
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Machinery and green infrastructure

By Michael Casey

Green Infrastructure installations are fast becoming an inclusion in our cities as we work towards finding solutions to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

These installations, located around our cities, appear on rooftops, sides of buildings, within tight spaces, and in locations that makes the installation and maintenance of green spaces much more difficult than what we commonly install at ground level.… Continue reading

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Growing substrate ‘blown’ onto roof garden by the use of a truck mounted hopper (Image: Michael Casey)
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Exploring substrates – no substitution for future infrastructure projects

By Michael Casey

Substrates provide anchorage for plants and hold water which is key to their survival and growth through their effective absorption and storing of nutrients. Substrates, much like other living organisms, require a careful selection process to ensure they’re fit for purpose for green infrastructure projects.Continue reading

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Folia Apartments biodiversity planting throughout all balcony gardens (Image: Michael Casey)
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Biodiversity built for purpose

By Michael Casey

Global cities continue to develop at a rapid rate, and with an increase in size comes more people, more built structures, and in a lot of cases fewer green spaces for biodiversity to thrive. To counter the reduction of biodiversity, city planning needs to incorporate larger dedicated green areas rather than commonly creating small green spaces.Continue reading

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Solar panels integrated with green roof on Daramu House, Gadigal Land (Image: Lendlease)
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PV panels and green roof combinations are taking charge

By Michael Casey

Our cities are full of built structures with buildings of all shapes and sizes dominating our skylines, and they all have one thing in common – in most cases, they have an underutilised roof space.

Over the course of decades, roof spaces of all shapes and forms have been used to store HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) installations, and until recently, photovoltaic panels (PV).… Continue reading

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Urban forest will play a role in managing the environment (Image: Michael Casey)
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The tricky business of planting and managing trees in our built environment

By Michael Casey

Urban greening is becoming an important tool in helping to address climate change by adding greenery into our built environment. The one design inclusion that green infrastructure experts are starting to use more and more is the installation of trees into, and onto, buildings.Continue reading

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Green wall constructed by Evergreen Infrastructure (Image: Michael Casey)
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Greening cities gets a boost with a new Green Infrastructure industry body

By Michael Casey

With more than 70% of the global population projected to be living in cities by 2050, coupled with the need to meet sustainability targets in 2030 and 2050, government and city planners will have to rethink how the future of cities will need to look and work.Continue reading

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Layers of greenery (Image: Karen Smith)
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Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital prescribes nature

By Michael Casey

In urban environments, we often praise the efforts of designers and planners when the landscape and the built environment merge seamlessly to become one. We enjoy the aesthetics of what greenspaces achieve with grey infrastructure, and even more so when we see evidence of the biodiversity that these green spaces attract.Continue reading

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Tebet Eco Park, South Jakarta (Image: SIURA)
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Park in Jakarta falls victim to its own success

By Michael Casey

The pilot park in Jakarta that’s fallen victim to its own success quickly implements a revised park management plan.

It was an email I received from an industry news outlet that captured my initial attention related to an innovative project that was in the pipeline for the people of South Jakarta.… Continue reading

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This inner-city building making the most of its green spaces (Image: Michael Casey)
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The community is set to benefit from a strong green infrastructure network

By Michael Casey

Recently I was invited by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) onto their technical panel to assist with their World Green Cities Awards. These awards are intended to highlight and advocate, innovative and inspiring nature-orientated approaches to city design and operation.… Continue reading

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