As you enter the lobby of the new home of NYU's School of Global Public Health, look to the right and take in the verdant hues. This green wall—also known as a living wall or vertical greenery system—boasts a hybrid irrigation system, plants that produce high oxygen levels, and properties that create a unique sense of calm for passersby. (And yes, all of the plants are real!)
Experience the Living Wall
Below is a photographic tour of this new indoor perpendicular ecosystem—the only one of its kind at NYU’s Washington Square Campus.
BIOPHILIA (noun): a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature; a desire or tendency to commune with nature.
“NYU faculty research shows that people feel better, work better, and study better when they encounter green spaces during their daily lives. It’s vital to be reminded that nature is not just ‘out there’ in the woods somewhere. We still live in an environment, even if it’s a human-dominated one, and a green wall can remind us of that every time we pass it.”
—Cecil Scheib, NYU Chief Sustainability Officer
“The inspiration behind our living green wall comes from the desire to emphasize the elements of life required to survive and thrive—earth, water, fire, and air. We hope all who pass by it can benefit from its high oxygen levels."
—Cheryl G. Healton, Dean, NYU School of Global Public Health