Lessons from an (Expensive) Dead Living Wall

Lessons from an (Expensive) Dead Living Wall

It's rare for us to report on green projects that aren't working (we like to focus on the positive). But we couldn't pass up this interesting story on a failed living wall at Paradise Park Children's Centre in London...

Apparently (according to reports in a number of British news outlets), the wall cost £100,000, and its inability to thrive has caused taxpayers to get more than a little peeved.

It's not clear yet why the wall died, but many hypotheses are floating around — the watering system didn't work, it wasn't cared for properly, it wasn't designed well?

Regardless, we found the story (which we first noticed over at Jetson Green) interesting because we often forget that some green building projects are, to some extent, experiments. Not all experiments work, and learning why and how they failed is a really important part of the process. When they figure out what went wrong here, hopefully everyone can learn from that mistake.

Via Jetson Green

Image: The Architects Journal

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