This is the aeroplane type in which I learned to fly, and later instruct. Early experience frequently sets the path for the future, so from a flying classroom that pitches, rolls and yaws to collaboration with our clients to impart knowledge and experience to the project, is a natural process for Ronald A Wood, director of Innovative Plant Technology, following from an earlier flying instructor career.

The 28 articles published in Linkedin and the response and comments is evidence of this desire to share know-how with those practitioners bringing greenery indoors.

Designed to fail

No design team sets out to create a “failed” interior landscape, but that is exactly what happens when the essential collaboration between architects, landscape architects and horticultural specialists doesn’t happen at the design/concept stage.

We are frequently asked to “rescue” a failing interior landscape installation, usually slowly dying palms, specimen trees or bamboo, in an atrium, foyer, courtyard or shopping centre. This usually occurs as the one year warranty on plant material is due to expire.

The one thing worse than a dead indoor tree is a dying indoor tree, there for all to see, until “rescued” or replaced.

This is contrary to creating a living plant environment that provides attractive greenery spaces that people value, spend time and want to return.

Designed to succeed

To be central to the conceptual design, architects and landscape architects need the confidence in indoor greenery performance, management, and maintenance, whatever the form of greenery; green walls, green facades, atrium gardens, workplace plantings, Indoor trees, palms or bamboo.

They can then design, and specify greenery, as an integral part of the overall design with the confidence of Stefano Boeri, (Bosco Verticale), Ken Yeang (Bioclimatic skyscrapers), and Kevin Roche/John Dinkaloo (the Ford Foundation) who have shown what’s possible in their landmark interior landscapes.

Light for Plants is mostly misunderstood

Light is the major determining factor in successfully maintaining healthy plants indoors. Incorrect lighting can result in interior landscape projects achieving limited success, or invariably failure, with possible negative impact on reputation and economic consequences. When the light requirements are not met the design concept of bringing nature indoors to create a healthy workspace will not be achieved. For this reason it is crucial for horticultural specialists to participate in the design process as early as possible. Identifying the available daylight, daily light integral, spectral characteristics of the glazing, and knowledge of plant species light requirements, and supplementary light to allow planning for success.

Collaboration

Here’s where collaboration with a plant specialist at the design stage, can resolve the uncertainty, bringing the required depth of knowledge and experience, Identifying and addressing the issues in a systematic way to avoid poor performance and costly replacements, ensuring healthy interior landscape performance over time.

This can strengthen the resistance against “value engineering” with a greater depth of knowledge of greenery benefits for architects and landscape architects to defend the design integrity.

PLIMA® THE BASIS FOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF LIVING INDOOR GREENERY INSTALLATIONS

Engagement at the design/concept stage will ensure a successful installation, from plant selection/quality and early procurement to acclimatization/storage, planters, lighting, installation, irrigation and ongoing maintenance.

The PLIMA® system will maximize the impact of the living interior plantscape.

Innovative Plant Technology has developed a structured framework, PLIMA® (Plants, Light, Irrigation, Media, Air) to support architects, landscape architects, project managers, building owners and developers to manage the design, installation and maintenance of even the most complex interior plant installations.

PLIMA® – A PROVEN SYSTEM TO IMPLEMENT A SUCCESFUL LIVING INTERIOR PLANTSCAPE 

Incorporating creative interior landscapes that reconnect people with green plants (and our evolutionary past) is the perfect area for collaboration.

Innovative Plant Technology is dedicated to helping architects and landscape architects to stay competitive by empowering design teams to create commercial projects involving living plants as centrepiece features.

Safe flying requires a systematic approach, as does successful commercial greenery installations.

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