Plants do play a major role in greening our cities – They absorb a lot of CO2

In this episode we’ve spoken with Minka Aduse-Poku. Minka is MInka is a PHD student at the University of Cologne, working on the ecological benefits of the plant components in green architecture in the built environment.

In this podcasts he gives examples how to green the facade of your house. It’s cheap and easy and does NOT destroy the house. The impact of these green facades are tremendous – they not only cool the walls down but also absorb a lot of CO2. Minka has measurements which proof exactly this.

We need to scale fast eco-friendly solutions!

In this episode we’ve spoken with Anupam Bansal. Anupam is co-founder of abrd architects in Dehli, India, an architect studio which is largely focused on edcuational and government complexes. 

In this podcast Anupam clearly points out the importance of water management for large scale construction. If we get the water issue right (re-use, recycle …. harvest), then the rivers will get better, the air, the entire flora and fauna and with it the ecosystems will be revived. This could/would be an interesting topic for the innovation lab. Another point he is making is that a tremendous scale of these eco-friendly solutions is required in order to achieve an impact on planet earth. The BIG question is: how can we speed up scale WITHOUT damaging more. 


We need to care about the community!

In this episode we’ve spoken  with Regina Cohen.  Regina is a Shaman based in New York City and Rio de Janeiro. She hast started community gardens in Brooklyn in 2015, brought the initiative to Manhattan and has only recently experimented with a vegetable garden on her terrace in midtown Manhatten. 

It is a very good example of what ONE person can achieve. If you start, you can do it! Don’t wait! 

We can do better!

In this episode we’ve spoken with EIke Roswag-Klinge. Eike is Professor for Constructive Design & Climate Adaptive Architecture at Natural Building Lab. Eike has been researching, designing and building future-oriented architecture based on natural resources with communities and people of different cultural and climatic backgrounds for more than 20 years. Prior to establishing NBL in 2017, he was a founding member of the integrated design office ZRS Architekten Ingenieure in 2003 together with Christof Ziegert and Uwe Seiler.