By Kat Harrold
IDS Show Floor ~ Photos by Jorg Breuning
Green Roof Technology is back from the premier interior design show in Canada IDS 2012. At this show we were presented with the design challenge, "How do you live urban?" and responded with a challenge of our own, "How do you make the urban environment alive?"
One of the most obvious and easiest ways to add green to the urban environment and make it come a live is to create a balcony garden or balcony green roof. Where ground space is limited or not available at all, a balcony garden is the perfect solution for that green transition from inside to out. Depending on your space, a green roof may be an easy low maintenance option. For a more formal effect planters can be used to add a splash of color and create a dynamic space with height and texture.
For making a seamless transition from the outdoors in a green wall offers a compact and space saving solution. Tropical plants offer a full pallet of color, shapes, and textures making even the bleakest winter days feel bright and lively.
During the warmer months or for a hotel lobby, a moss wall is a great alternative to a regular cement wall. Studies have shown that the color green helps people relax which can often be a difficult achievement in the stress filled urban environment. Meditation aside, the quality of air will be increased due to the filtration qualities of the vegetation.
Vegetation, water, and fire all add exciting elements to our environment. Some are green in color and others are green in function. When selecting a fire feature, fountain, or green wall consider the carbon foot print of the feature. Woodless fire pits are green alternatives just a closed system vegetated walls are the greener solution for irrigated green walls.