• Blog,  Designs

    Vertical Brick Gardening Habitats

    One may say that there are two major concerns of the modern world. These would be the availability of living spaces and the worsening environmental conditions caused by climate change.

    Space is one commodity in the modern world that has become quite expensive due to its limited availability. In addition, we always hear the statement “go green” which means that there is a persistent need to cultivate more plants.

    The question that begs to be answered would be “how to go green without using any additional space?”

    One possible way would be via vertical brick gardening, which is slowly becoming quite popular nowadays.

    Vertical brick gardening is very ideal for suburban neighborhoods since they already have the space. They just have to learn how to maximize the space.

    With vertical brick gardening, the average suburban resident can basically create a vertical garden made of bricks. You can create the garden in areas that are not commonly used.

    The good thing about this type of gardening is that you can also save on water consumption without sacrificing the plant’s water requirement. The last thing you need would be having dried up plants because they weren’t provided with enough water.

    You need only water the first few rows of the vertical garden from the top. The water would then trickle down to the other plants in the rows below.

    You can plot an assortment of plants that you can place along the vertical rows depending on their water requirements while putting a variety of foliage.

    For instance, you can add plants with high water requirement at the top, with moderate water requirement at the middle, and the occasional watering requirement at the bottom row. Don’t hesitate to ask your local gardening center for tips on which plants would work best for your idea.

    The use of brick materials also helps you build a more solid and long-lasting foundation. Although vertical gardening using plastic containers are already quite popular, vertical gardens using bricks adds a certain charm that a plastic bottle just can’t give you.

    Vertical gardening using brick materials not only adds more character to brick homes, but you can use your existing brick wall as a part of the foundation.

    But don’t throw out that plastic bag and plastic bottle just yet. Did you know that you can make a brick out of those as well?

    Yes, there are now a number of online tutorials on how to make bricks out of recycled plastic materials. By using plastic recyclable materials, you get to contribute your fair share in saving the environment from additional pollutants.

    One design proposal actually had built in animal or bird habitats while another also offered a water fountain feature to break the monotony of simply looking at plants. After all, a garden won’t be complete without its fair share of wildlife and a water fountain.

    Do you have an idea for a vertical brick garden design? Or do you have any questions that I can help with? Send me an email at Reburbia. I would definitely love to exchange thoughts and ideas with you.

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  • Blog,  Suburbia

    Redesigning Interstates One Freeway at a time

    Urban (and suburban)  planning has come a long way from the traditional way of expanding housing, industrial and recreational facilities in a lateral direction.

    Don’t get me wrong. Expanding laterally is well and good, but with the lack or increase in the price of land to expand on as a future concern, one possible idea would be to expand from the bottom up.

    If you noticed, highly industrial countries have actually begun to expand from the bottom up. You’ll see the continuous rise of high-rise buildings in their attempt to maximize available space without potentially occupying more land.

    This brings us to the current existence of unused land. If you take a trip on the freeway, you might have noticed the wide expanse of land that remains unused, which seems to be a waste of resources. So why not consider reclaiming these unused lands one freeway interstate at a time?

    One forward thinking individual actually thought of the number of ways that these unused lands can be used to the benefit of modern-day population.

    We can begin by cultivating crops that can be used as either food or biofuel resources depending on the type of soil available and the compatible crop that can be introduced.

    The unused land can also be used for more than just plant cultivation. Take for instance their use for housing accommodations where sturdy poles with solar cells and wind turbines as an energy source can be built.

    These solar cells and wind turbines would help harness energy in its natural form as well as lessen the use of fossil fuels and oil that can cause an impact on our carbon imprint.

    These “sturdy poles” can serve as the main frame to build houses, which will definitely help address housing problems that are plaguing modern-day civilization. We’ve already some homes created and designed from simple cargo containers…so why not houses built on poles?

    Since there is little to no land occupied by these accommodations, it would equate to lower housing cost compared to houses built at the ground level. The advances in technology can definitely make the construction of such houses happen.

    If you are worried about noise pollution, remember that the higher you get, the more distant you are from the noise regardless of how busy the freeway or interstate traffic might become.

    Can you imagine owning a home that is uniquely designed and built, using natural energy resources, and smack dab in the middle of the interstate? I know I can imagine it and am actually quite excited to see this plan come into fruition.

    Admittedly, it will definitely take some time for a proposed plan such as this to happen. However, with forward-thinking individuals, I believe that it can definitely happen. Not now, but soon…definitely soon.

    Do you have any thoughts on how this idea can be improved? Have you thought of the possible issues that may come up during the planning and construction period if it does happen? Let me know by contacting me at Reburbia!…