Vancouver Would Be Cooler If Its Sunniest Blind Walls Had Scaffolded Gardens


(via) Blind walls – which is to say exterior walls uninterrupted by doors, windows, or any sort of ornament or device – suck so bad that we seldom ever give them a second glance. They are hardly noticeable on account of how boring they are, but cities, included our own, are positively littered with them.

There has been a trend of late throw murals on them, but wouldn’t it be great if those that saw plenty of sun could be turned into scaffolded vertical gardens? The GreenBelly Project, dreamed up by architect Alex Losada, AVL studio and agricultural engineer Camille Lassale, aims to do just that, using sun, rain and organic waste to produce 4,000 kg of deliciousness per annum.

“Modern cities are suffering from urban saturation, linked to the progressive increase of the global population. City life can be unsustainable and unhealthy to some people due pollution, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Producing local food and incorporating natural elements in big cities is a basic need for residents but also for the environment. With GreenBelly, we propose a sustainable project at manageable scale with short-term results. We want to rethink cities so that people’s wellbeing is a priority. Nature has to find its way back into modern cities, and GreenBelly is more than just providing food, it is a mechanism for urban regeneration.”

They’re currently raising Kickstarter cash to make the thing a reality. Take a look:

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