DATE : 2008
TYPE : Web magazine
TITLE : "Veg.itecture : Super sized"
AUTHOR : Jason King
LINKS : www.landscapeandurbanism.com
The next in a continual series of Vegetated Architecture, including some large scale examples from Pittsburgh, Singapore, Moscow, and Paris.
From Inhabitat: "Architect Vincent Callebaut’s latest project balances public galleries, meeting rooms and gathering spaces over canals and abandoned railroad tracks in the 19th Parisian district. The prototype uses green technologies and techniques but is more than just an example of sustainable design. Callebaut’s ‘Anti Smog: An Innovation Centre in Sustainable Development’ is a catalyst for cleaner air."
This touches of one of the main themes of Vegetated Architecture, that the plantings are not merely for decoration, but allow for specific functions, in this case smog reduction. Is that the focus? Nope. The plants are merely rooftop greening. The main hero in this story is technology: "The exterior is fitted with 250 square meters of solar photovoltaic panels and coated in titanium dioxide (TiO2). The PV system produces on-site electrical energy while the TiO2 coating works with ultraviolet radiation to interact with particulates in the air, break down organics and reduce air born pollutants and contaminants."