25 Jan '12, 9pm

LIVE: Green Walls for Greener Cities by Brent Ehrlich on 01/25/2012

LIVE: Green Walls for Greener Cities by Brent Ehrlich on 01/25/2012

Contact with nature is not just an amenity: it's important for well-being. Green walls liven up urban spaces while improving building performance. This green wall covers the exterior of Whole Foods in Vancouver, BC. I live in Vermont, where agriculture is an integral part of our culture. I drive past the farms as the seasons change and see when the corn is high or when too much rain has made plowing impossible. And the family sees the results at the local farmer's market. Whenever I visit urban areas, I inevitably end up at the local park or waterfront for my early-morning runs. I value this connection with the natural world--or biophilia--and maybe it's more than just a lifestyle choice. Biophilia has been shown to have tangible benefits , including reduced stress, improved productivity, and faster healing, to name a few, but integrating greenery among limited--and expens...

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