City life is an incredible experience of work and play, opportunity and activity. Around every corner is another shop, street vendor, or sparkling office building and there’s always something to do as long as long as you have a few dollars in your pocket. But living in Boston isn’t all glamor and delicious food. There are plenty of hazards that come with city life as well. While you may be thinking about the crazy drivers on your way to work or the occasional flash flood, what we’re talking about today is the inevitable consequence of so many people living and driving so close together, and it’s not just Boston. Every city struggles with its pollution level and while we don’t talk about it, everyone knows that moving to the city is just a little hard on the lunch and bronchial passage. So how do we make Boston healthier?
Digging That City Air
That said, most people who live in the city and have done so their entire lives don’t even notice city air and wouldn’t trade it if they could. This is a subject you almost never hear about except from civil servants and visitors from far more rural regions who are not used to living near so many other people and cars. For a Bostonian, the mild smell of car mixes naturally with other favorite city smells like food truck menus, fresh spray paint, and the endless mix of faint perfume or cologne on your fellow Bostonians. This is the smell of the city and we’d miss it just as much if we moved out to the country as our rural relatives object to the city smells when they come to visit.
Acknowledging the Health Concerns
But as much as we love city life, the health-conscious among us do acknowledge that there are certain medical concerns involved with living around and above a few million cars that fill the streets every day. Pollution is no joke, especially for those who already have health concerns. To this end, many people have developed their own coping mechanisms for staying healthy without having to leave the bustle of city life. Some use air purifiers, some workout indoors, but we’ve found that the best local-scale solution is simply to plant as many beautiful green things as possible.
Breathing Cleaner Air One Plant at a Time
Plants are nature’s natural air scrubbers and they are truly incredible at what they do. Everything that grows roots and green leaves has the unique ability to turn carbon dioxide into sweet wonderful oxygen that enriches our air, makes it easier to think clearly, and literally boosts your mood. The oxygen a single plant produces might seem negligible but what about a hundred plants? Or a million? It turns out that while our parks are great, you don’t actually need a ground-level garden to enhance your home, work, and public environment with more greenery than you can count on your lunch break. In fact, you don’t even need to be outdoors. With the delightful and incredibly attractive innovation of plant walls and arboreal sculptures, businesses, homeowners, and city planners alike are finding ways to fit these beautiful air-scrubbers absolutely everywhere.
Here at Cityscapes Inc, we delight in finding new creative ways to plant things in places you would never expect. Inside cafes, spiraling up the inside of a glass and steel skyscraper, or even with plants in place of cubicle walls, it is absolutely possible to put a plant almost anywhere you might put a wall, sculpture, or piece of furniture. Indoors or outdoors, the smile our plant installations inspire isn’t just because they’re beautiful. It’s also the effect of delicious oxygen lifting your spirits and reminding your brain of the busy forests we used to live in before we ‘grew’ our favorite concrete jungles.
Lavallee Brensinger Architects hosted Cityscapes’ Jan Goodman yesterday for an AIA presentation on living walls. The presentations are good for a Continuing Education Unit required for architects, designers, and engineers. Whether or not you are attending for a CEU, the presentation is great for all who are curious about the design, installation, maintenance, applications, and benefits of vertical gardens.
Are you an architect or designer looking to use living walls in future projects? Go to Green Plants for Green Buildings ‘Continuing Education’ page. There you will find a list of certified trainers in your area. If you are in Boston, give Cityscapes a call or fill out our contact form to learn more about these amazing walls of green. For a gallery and brief overview, check out our Living Wall Page
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Cityscapes’ Operations Team dropped by Boda Borg last week for a whole day of questing at the new location in Malden. They broke up into groups and had some friendly competition to see who get get through their quests first.
Quests consist of a combination of mental and physical exercises that are truly dependent on teamwork to complete. This is a great team-building field trip for companies as well as families and friends. Check out Boda Borg at their website.