The 2018 International Urban Design Conference will be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW over 12 – 13 November.
The conference will showcase innovations in projects and research embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments.
Joining us at the conference is Mr Jock Gammon, Managing Director at Junglefy who will present on ‘PKI: Living infrastructure: Transforming an ugly duckling’.
The Manly Vale commuter car park is the world’s first “breathing” car park integrating 9,000 plants into its façade to provide living design, functionality and cleaner air. Located on Sydney’s northern beaches B-Line bus route, this car park is covered with Breathing Wall modules which have been scientifically proven to reduce air pollutants including particulate matter, C02 and volatile organic compounds.
The project is the first in the world to use rotating Breathing Wall panels that have been designed to rotate 180 degrees to allow safe access for plant maintenance. The rotating panels eliminate the need for scaffolding or ropes access and extend the application of plant walls to areas previously thought to have been too difficult to install living infrastructure.
With nearly 90% of Australia’s population located in our cities and unprecedented urban development, our trees and green space have become the trade off to our changing needs. Urban planners are tasked with the challenge of designing our cities to expand up and out whilst retaining green space and natural ecosystems. Living infrastructure provides the opportunity to include vast amounts of plants into cities in a very small imprint. Plants and green space have been shown to improve liveability, the economy, resilience and the environment.
The private sector and government have recognised the importance of plants and are leading the way with industry transformation. The Manly Vale car park was undertaken by the NSW government arising out of demand for quick and efficient transport between the city and Sydney’s northern beaches. The project will be subject to ongoing testing by UTS to prove the efficacy of the Breathing Wall in an outdoor environment and is likely to be the first of many projects to use this technology as a solution to improving health, wellbeing, noise and aesthetic.
Trained as a horticulturist with studies in Environmental Science, Jock loves plants and understands their power at making cites more liveable. As Junglefy’s Managing Director, he works with clients to ensure that living infrastructure projects can be realised in a cost effective and low risk manner. Being a natural innovator, Jock developed the award-winning ‘Breathing Wall’, an active green wall system, scientifically proven to accelerate the removal of air pollutants, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter. Jock continues to challenge the status quo, through investing in research and the science behind the Breathing Wall and other new technologies.
For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au