by Juan Carlos Vela, Graduate Student, Urban Planning, 4-17-2013
After months of planning, construction of the living wall has quickly got underway and is beginning to show progress. Today’s session was a continuation of the planting process, which consisted of combining drainage medium, soil, and plants into the plant modules that make up the living wall. Each module holds about ten plants and is designed in a slanted pattern to help keep the plants and soil from falling out. With 100 modules to plant and about 10 species to work with, we truly had our work cut out for us. If there is anything I learned from this process, it’s that designing and installing a living wall is much more complex than just planting plants vertically. Proper plant selection is crucial in producing a long-lasting system and providing opportunities for biodiversity.
—Juan Carlos Vela