Namitha Chiluveru, Director of 360 Life is more into getting knowledge and making full use of those ideas in real life to make this world a better place to live. With a master’s in retail & luxury management, she completed her interior design course at the New York School of Interior Design. Now working with 360 Life and managing verticals like interior design, marketing, branding, etc. She promotes sustainability in every aspect. 360 Life along with Namitha is breaking all the monotony and building a space that takes care of customers’ health with luxury and comfort.
COVID-19 might be thought of as a late lesson from an early warning. The pandemic arose from the complex interaction of factors such as environmental disturbance, urbanization, international travel, and climate change. Undeniably, pandemics are more likely as the environment deteriorates. Human health and ecological sustainability are intrinsically tied. To protect human health, a shift to a sustainable society and economy is required. It has been around 2.5 years since the globe is dealing with the Covid health crisis, as well as the climatic swings that occur regularly, and because of this, sustainable living appears to be the only viable option. Such a lifestyle correctly curates healthy living in line with a healthy environment by making efficient use of resources for a quality life without harming the environment. Moreover, after the spread of coronavirus, many people are working from home. They spend most of their life’s time at home which is why one must not compromise with the quality of their house because that really matters a lot. Vertical forests imply living in harmony with the environment.
Despite having great popularity around the world, our country India is still struggling with the issues of high population growth, pollution, and other environmental crises. Furthermore, the frequent climatic change because of forest degradation has resulted in numerous disasters in recent years. Environmental quality has deteriorated as a result of urban development, as well as the advent of numerous urban climatological problems and severe air pollution. The diverse environmental issues that occur provide a significant challenge in establishing a sustainable city. This is why it is vital to include greenery in India’s development efforts by looking at one such concept of green infrastructure – the vertical forest.
The Vertical Forest is a construction model for a new type of architectural biodiversity that focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment they live in, rather than just humans. The Vertical Forest’s vision of being a “home for trees that also accommodates humans and birds” dictates not just the project’s urban and technological features, but also its structural language and expressive aspects. Vertical Forests are not only dedicated to greenery but to a whole sustainable lifestyle promotion including health, wellness, quality of life, etc. India is going to welcome its first vertical forest in the Hitec City of Hyderabad very soon.
There are various advantages to vertical forests, some of which are listed below:
- Vertical Forest provides habitats for life
Vertical Forest contributes to increased biodiversity. It helps to construct an urban ecology in which a diversity of flora creates a vertical environment that can be colonized by birds, and so serves as a magnet for and a symbol of the city’s natural re-colonization by vegetation and animal life. The establishment of a network of environmental corridors in the city can add vitality to the city’s principal parks, linking together the green space of avenues and gardens and interweaving various regions of spontaneous vegetation growth.
- It offers a diverse variety of flora surrounding the residence
The towers of the vertical forest are distinguished by massive, staggered, and overhanging balconies, which are meant to fit big outdoor tubs for vegetation and to allow the growth of larger trees without difficulty, even across three floors of the structure. They give the people living in a blissful and tranquil experience with 1000+ trees in the surrounding area and tiny ponds.
The choice of the types of trees is made to fit their positioning on the facades. There are several native trees and plants grown in vertical forests that possess medicinal traits, a few of which also repel mosquitoes and purify the air. Also, there are multiple balconies for each apartment with some fruit and vegetable-bearing plants. The need to grow organic herbs and veggies at the home has increased keeping in view the quality of the same available at local markets.
- Vertical Forest ensures a way forward to Sustainable Living
Vertical Forest aids in the creation of a microclimate and the filtering of dust particles found in urban environments. Plant diversity aids in the creation of humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust, creates oxygen, and protects people and their homes from damaging UV rays and sound pollution. The residences are outfitted with cutting-edge air management equipment that ensures a sufficient and regular supply of fresh, rejuvenating air throughout the building. With the help of innovative air quality monitoring systems, stale air is automatically removed and fresh air is supplied.
- Healthy You in a Healthy Environment
Living in a vertical forest apartment is more than just living in a house. It is living in a virtual environment, a universe that is both biodiverse and fascinatingly colorful, as well as an excellent stress reliever. There is a lot to see that is both pleasant and fascinating. There are numerous indescribable emotions to experience. The tall barrier separating illusion and reality has crumbled.
More than 90% of a person’s time is spent indoors. So, to improve air quality, vertical forests add a lot of benefits. They filter all the harmful pollutants that are present in the city and they help to reduce the temperature of the building.
- Such forests create an Alternate Environment
The public will almost certainly benefit from such an initiative. The towers provide an alternate urban environment in which we can live in close proximity to trees, shrubs, and plants in the city.
With India welcoming its first and Asia’s second vertical forest, it is a big step forward toward sustainable living in urban spaces. With rising levels of air pollution, this concept for sustainable buildings is the way of the future.