The World Health Organization recommends that every city should have at least 9m2 of green area per inhabitant (50 m2 would be ideal). But as the population concentrates in large metropolitan areas, will it be possible to guarantee this amount of green area? In Europe, around 75% of the population already lives in urban centres, well above the world average (56%), but below North America (82%) and Latin America and the Caribbean (79%).
On average, 40% of European cities are green areas, with 18.2 m2 of accessible green space for each inhabitant. Almost half (44%) of the European population lives within 300 metres of a public park. The problem, of course, is that averages can be misleading. Un London, for example, only 33% of the city’s area corresponds to green spaces, and in Edinburgh just 19%. It is not surprising, therefore, that there are more and more proposals for the reinvention of urban spaces
In the future, both public buildings and residential buildings will have gardens and vertical façades to offset carbon emissions, improve air quality, reduce urban heat islands, and give us access to the green space we so desperately need.
But, What will the vertical gardens of the future look like?
Our colleague, Rafael Fernández (Naturib – US), asked artificial intelligence about predictions of what vertical gardens will be like in the future and we obtained interesting results…
It’s difficult to predict exactly what the vertical gardens of the 22nd century will look like, as it’s impossible to know what technological advances and societal developments will take place over the next 100 years. That being said, it is likely that vertical gardens of the future will continue to evolve and become more sophisticated as technology advances.
It’s also possible that vertical gardens of the future could incorporate new technologies and materials that we can’t even imagine today. Some scientists are already working on developing vertical gardens that use artificial intelligence to optimize plant growth, for example. In the 22nd century, it’s likely that we will see many more innovations in this area.
Some possible features that vertical gardens of the future might have include:
- Automated watering systems that use sensors to detect when plants need water and deliver the appropriate amount.
- LED lighting systems that can simulate different types of natural light and help plants grow more efficiently.
- Climate control systems that can adjust the temperature and humidity of the garden to create the ideal growing conditions for different plants.
- Solar panels or other renewable energy sources to power the garden and make it more sustainable.
- Advanced monitoring systems that can track the health and growth of plants in real-time and alert gardeners if there are any problems.
- Overall, the vertical gardens of the future are likely to be more efficient, sustainable, and responsive to the needs of the plants and gardeners who use them.
In the same way, we asked to represent them and here we show you some results:
What do we think about these predictions?
The truth is that we do not know exactly what the vertical gardens of the future will be like, although the trends are clear in terms of the increasing incorporation of vertical gardens in urbanization projects.
What we do know is that at Terapia urbana we are committed to the constant technological development of solutions and the improvement of our systems to be able to face the new challenges that the city of the future will bring.