Greening the urban habitat
The densification of our urban habitat increases the risk of existing urban vegetation being depleted, which unless otherwise planned for retention and enhancement, can lead to negative environmental impacts such as the 'urban heat island effect'. The challenge therefore lies in looking at alternative means to green the urban habitat that explores diagonal and vertical planted planes in addition to the horizontal plane of the ground, podium or rooftop in order to combat the 'urban heat island effect' by absorbing heat in the building fabric and its subsequent re-radiation.
Different types of plants have different properties based on the surface area of greenery. This is achieved by adapting the Leaf Area Index a biological parameter that is used to monitor the ecological health of natural ecosystems and to mathematically model and predict metabolic processes. As such, it can be used to quantify planning metrics in biological terms and ensures a balance of leaf area can be retained on the site for its correlating social, economic and environmental benefits. We undertake extensive research to understand the properties that greenery brings to the urban habitat.