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An investigation into the application of vertical garden at the new SUB atrium Shiah, Kevin; Kim, JeongWoo


In 21 Century, one of the biggest challenges is to bring the nature into urban areas and perhaps, the most effective and spectacular resolution is the vertical garden. In response to AMS Design Committee's goal of inspiring students and visitors, this report investigates the potential feasibility and inspirational factors of installing vertical gardens on the new Student Union Building (SUB) at the University of British Columbia. A vertical garden, also known as a green wall, is basically an interior or exterior wall that is completely or partially planted with vegetations. A triple bottom line assessment is performed to examine the environmental, social, and economic influences of installing the vertical garden. After collaborative research and analysis, it is concluded that installing the vertical garden will not only improve the new Student Union Building aesthetically but also provide a good role model to the city of Vancouver on how future buildings can be constructed with vertical gardens installed. Most importantly, it will raise the public awareness in green features of the vertical garden to the building users and visitors. Nowadays, the concepts of environmentally friendliness and sustainability earn more attention from the world. Being one of the leading institutions that advocate this sustainability concept, it is recommended to install the vertical garden on the new Student Union Building. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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