During the past 80 years Brazil has witnessed the birth and expansion of massive urban areas, in poorly controlled manners and under laws that were unable to establish an organized growth process.

This uncontrollable expansion, based on the urgency of solving problems as well as on maximizing profits, created cities that are disproportionately dense, with inefficient infrastructure, which led certain areas to become ugly, noisy and polluted. If we stop to create a mental image of a metropolis, it will inevitably be grey, arid and filled with vertical buildings.

Amidst this scenario, the French born Patrick Blanc, intending to cover the walls of Paris, created a structure that was capable of supporting and nourishing plants on vertical surfaces, which he called Mur Végétal (“plant wall”). This device, which in reality becomes a garden, improves air quality by filtering CO2; solves thermal issues on the building on which it is installed and in the areas around it by insulating the wall and preventing it from absorbing or releasing heat; drastically reduces acoustic problems; and, during periods of drought, increases the relative humidity of the air.

We introduced this technology in Brazil with some modifications: the structure was originally composed of synthetic materials, but here it is made of recycled materials, cheaper and environmentally friendly. The vertical garden structure can be fixed on any wall, and at the time of the installation, there are several possibilities to create a composition with the species that can survive in this environment. Each plant with its own color and texture becomes an element of composition in this great panel. It is possible to create dots, lines, rhythms and textures. 

Each plant with its own color and texture becomes an element of composition in this great panel. It's possible to create dots, lines, rhythms and textures. 

The lack of green areas is an overwhelming problem that must be solved, especially in large cities, where there is also an infinite amount of windowless façades. These “non-places” are like a catalyst for great urban problems and exist in the cities’ landscapes as proof of the negative consequences of a city that grows without consciousness. 

Since this is a collective issue, m.90 invites everyone to support the installation of vertical gardens on windowless façades within the urban context. m.90 represents the desire of transforming large cities into more pleasant and livable places, through the installation of vertical parks on windowless façades, believing that this action can be the catalyst of what urban centers best have to offer: exchanges among the people who live in, create in and share this place. 

 

GUIL BLANCHE

 
 

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