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A Living Brick that Supports Building Structure and Plant Life

Posted By Gavin Walsh On August 30, 2010 @ 5:45 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Innovation,Sustainable Materials | 1 Comment

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Two students experimented with a mixture of soil and cement trying to create a brick that would be strong enough to keep its form, but also be porous enough to support plant life. Their idea, dubbed the ‘Earth Bank Living Wall System’ [2], was recently installed on a shipping container [3]at the Eugene Federal Courthouse Garden. The 3-inch thick wall was pre-planted with sedums with the goal of seeing whether or not the seeds would be able to germinate on the vertical concrete/soil environment. To date sedums and succulents are thriving and courthouse visitors and employees are pleased to have this new bit of beautiful greenery.


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[2] ‘Earth Bank Living Wall System’: http://www.livingwallart.com/living-walls/the-earth-bank-a-living-building-system/

[3] shipping container : http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/04/breathtaking-shipping-container-studio-in-san-antonio/

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