Monday, June 28, 2010

"The Revived Hanging Basket" Holly Workman

The inspiration for the design came form the flow of water emulated by the tear drop shape and cool color palette. The diagonal pattern of the vegetation is reflective of a river.

This pattern would ideally cover the entire structure but in order to show it’s form little vegetation is shown.

Materials include: reclaimed gutter filter, wire mesh support bottom, and filter felt

"Urban Herb Garden Vessel" Alexandria Donati

-Module herb garden units comprised of tin, wood and filter felt.

-Inspired by a contemporary spice rack with the potential for massing or artistic displays.

-Water sharing and rain capture capabilities.

"Vegetated Sconces" Leanne Wagener

"Rain Chain Planters" Rena Schlachter

Rain chain planters.
These planters capture water as it flows down a rain chain. They celebrate water and life.

"Wall Switch" Matt Brooke

"Teleplant" Walter Cicack

The teleplanter represents the reimmersion of life from a once-dead organic form.

The project consists of a 20” length of discarded telephone pole which found its way into the local reclamation dump, soil substrates, and several vibrant living sedums.

The telephone pole is a piece of western red cedar which once grew and flourished. Seeing that is was doomed to rot in a dump, I felt lke it was appropriate to give it a new purpose, and a new life.

To acomplish this I routed out a large planting basin on the top face to hold a generous amount of substrate and subums. Then, seeing the bare knots on the sides, I also routed out a series of interconnected internal chanels which provided a drainage pathway for the top planter and an opportunity to smaller sedums to poke out from the sides.

"Growing Curtain" Eva Peterson

Two plant vessels are connected by a chain that directs water from the upper plant to the lower. Plants grow to meet each other as the curtain evolves.

The modular, flexible vessels can be used individually or connected in a rhythmic series.

In a kitchen setting plantings may be edible. Purely ornamental plants may be selected for other spaces.

"Living Wall Trellis" Molly McGowan

Project Description:
This project utilized a discarded shipping pallet, corrugated
plastic roofing, and hardware cloth. The wooden pallet acts as a
framework that would be bolted to a wall. The corrugated roofing is
pinned several inches behind the wooden slats of the pallet, and thin
strips of hardware cloth are weaved in and out of the wooden slats and
periodically attached to the corrugated roofing in order to secure
plantings in place in the concave sections of the plastic roofing. There
would be a drip irrigation system providing nutrient rich water that
would flow down the surface of the corrugated roofing allowing the
plants to uptake the water and nutrients they need and be collected at
teh bottom. The woven pattern of the wooden slats and hardware cloth is
intended to add visual interest, structure , and as a medium for
vine-like plants to grow and support themselves along. The idea is that
this system would create an aesthetic reminiscent of a vertical trellis
without the necessity of visible planter boxes or the limitation of only
supporting species that grow in vines.

"Ring-Net Wall Planting Vessel" Jennifer Purcell

This exterior of the vessel is constructed of 1-1/4 to 1” reduction washers and hardware cloth. All materials are joined with wire from chicken wire fencing. It measures approximately 13” wide by 7” tall and is 4” deep. Inside exterior materials is a non-woven fabric envelope filled with planting medium. On the back of the vessel, there is a mounting bracket. Depending upon the screws used, this could be mounted on a variety of surfaces. The shininess of the exterior materials gives this vessel a more modern, less organic appearance.

"Wall of Reflection" Amanda Loomis

"Bicycle Rim Planter" Brian Carter

"Rooftop Trellis" Michael LeClere

This project is envisioned as an investigation into mimicking the layering of life systems predominate throughout the natural world. I began examining how many living wall systems, or even green roofs, stress mostly a single plane for propagation but use subsequent layers merely as a growing medium or root barrier to separate it from the rest of the building. Although, pragmatic in many ways, I began to question how much this actually encourages our interaction and human habitation on the roof top (in a simple ornamental living plane.) Then I examined trellises and how they seem to successfully bridge that gap. Typically using vines or climbing plants a single elevated plane becomes a living habitat, but consequently a true 3-dimensional habitat is created through the shaded area under the trellis. This becomes an inviting habitat for both people and more shade loving plants or grasses alike.

I aspired to recreate this habitat system through this project. Using an old window frame, sheet rock corner-mesh, felt, wood spacer blocks, and pumice I created a growing vessel within the old frame. Using bands of the mesh and felt, I created a series of growing troughs in which sedums could grow and press through the gaps between the troughs to hang down, thereby making both surfaces a habitat for the plants. I envision this system being applied to larger frames and those frames being used to create a gabled trellis on a roof garden. In this way, sedums could grow on the surface of the frame facing the sky and the underside of the frame facing the roof. This would then ornament the underside of the structure in much the same way that a typical vine/climber ornaments both upper and underside of a typical trellis. This makes that traditional system applicable to rooftops that otherwise would be too hot to easily accommodate the traditional trellis precedent. An additional benefit would be that the shade provided from the system would not only make rooftops more habitable and enjoyable for people, but would also create additional habitat for other kinds of shade loving plants that could be introduced on the actual roof top surface increasing types of habitat that can be introduced.