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Fremantle Green Skins – Event Launch Friday 12th April 2013

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Fremantle Green Skins – Event Launch Friday 12th April 2013

By Jana Soderlund, Biophilic Urban Design Research, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute.

Fremantle Green Skins was launched today at Westgate Mall. The Fremantle Green Skins Project, which was initiated by the City of Fremantle in collaboration with Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), is a trial to measure and evaluate the feasibility of installing vertical green living walls within the Fremantle city area. Students from The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University have also been involved in the project. A crowd of nearly 50 turned out to celebrate the installation of the two trial green walls in Fremantle CBD.

A welcome to country by Noongar elder Bev Port Louis offered the support and good wishes of the traditional owners. The Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt, briefly outlined the 18 month process of collaboration between the City of Fremantle and CUSP that has resulted in the installation. Professor Peter Newman, CUSP Director, discussed the benefit of green walls, particularly how these types of projects encourage people in urban spaces to connect with their natural environment.

The project includes 2 trial walls: a north facing wall at the Westgate Mall and a west facing wall on Cantonment Street. The location of the opening was the wall in Westgate Mall. It is on a bleak wall in a little used urban mall and much of the feedback from the attendees was extremely positive, with many recognising the social benefits that greenery can bring to otherwise underused places. The feel amongst the crowd was one of inspiration, with talk of creating similar projects and many people wanting bigger and more of this type of living wall installation.

Part of this project is to research the social response to the green walls. This will be combined with rigorous monitoring that will assess the multiple scientific and further social benefits that green wall structures can provide plus plant species that are suitable for green walls in hot, arid, windy climates such as Fremantle. You can participate in the survey here.

More information about the project can be found at CUSP Green Skins Project.

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