How might our buildings combine with nature to help reduce CO² and create increased food production?
Imagine working to an equation that read:
Concrete = introduce greenery
Everywhere that concrete has taken over is a potential area for transformation. The term “concrete jungle” could be turned around and stand for reintroducing nature; trees, plants, flowers, grass, bushes and the like. Introduce greenery to encourage birds and bees and aid pollination.
It could be done in subtle ways and by using our imagination; such as introducing poles specifically to nurture ivy and climbing plants. Create gardens of trees with shallow roots on top of tall buildings to help soak up CO², provide oxygen and establish relaxation areas for occupants of the building. Erect solar fence panels around the garden walls to soak up the sun and water butts with timed sprinklers. The gardens could be low maintenance, built to harness nature and the environment and help combat pollution.
Vast areas of concrete could be redesigned to incorporate more greenery and mini-park areas.
Some buildings could have window boxes on every window for plants and flowers. We might even be able to incorporate integral greenhouses and grow fresh fruit. Imagine the greenhouse effect reversed by greenhouses designed to suck the CO² in! The height of tall buildings also lends itself to erecting wind farms.
This mind map suggests a few ideas; there could be hundreds of other ways to combine our buildings with nature to help reduce CO² and make our environment healthy and more relaxing.
Imagine a “City of Growth” – a dedicated city for cultivating food.
What else might we do?