A project under way at the College of Built Environments gives driven-up-the-wall new meaning.
Nancy Rottle, an associate professor of landscape architecture, and seven students from four different disciplines — aided by professionals on and off campus — are mounting the Biodiversity Green Wall, Edible Green Screen + Water Harvesting Demonstration Project on the southeast side of Gould Hall.
“This work will potentially show the capacity of building skins to ecologically contribute to the urban environment, “ said Rottle, who directs the Green Futures Research and Design Lab. “We want to use the project as a billboard for new sustainable practices, and to discover to what extent green walls and screens can help promote biodiversity, produce food and reduce energy use. By harvesting water to irrigate the green wall, the project will reduce potable consumption and may lessen storm water impacts.”
The project was recently awarded an honorable mention in the What Makes It Green competition sponsored by the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects and aimed primarily at architecture professionals.