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Green Futures Lab | Demonstration Project

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Title: Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project

Project: Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project

Firm: Green Futures Lab

Summary: The Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen and Water Harvesting Demonstration Project is a student-led design, construction and monitoring effort in which the UW Green Futures Lab transformed a blank concrete wall into a showcase of improved habitat that fosters diverse native species, innovated rainwater harvesting methods for irrigation, tried vertical methods of local food production and are testing green systems that will potentially reduce building energy demand to help UW reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its sustainability goals.

The movable Green Wall uses an innovative yet simple pulley system, reflecting the constant flux of ecological processes and allowing the wall to slide to the adjacent balconies for ease of research and maintenance.

Located on Gould Hall which incubates architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, urban design and planning students, this small-scale installation is a demonstration project for the next generation of design professionals. A sustainability “billboard” of sorts, the project highlights the rich ecosystem services provided by a carefully crafted landscape.

The integrated design team included 8 students from 4 different disciplines, working with over 50 supporting faculty and staff and a local green wall manufacturer, SolTerra Systems. Design began in spring 2011, with construction completed in fall 2012.

The project is being monitored for thermal effects on the building, urban heat island mitigation, water conservation and stormwater reduction, biodiversity and plant growth, and human use.