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The Invention

The idea of dressing up your building with organic options that also protect the balance of nature is possible with the Habitile. Our patented product is especially designed to provide a refuge for monarch butterflies — some of nature's most beautiful creatures.

  1. The Habitile Wall Garden System is designed to support monarchs and other pollinators. Our mini tile is for seed germination of milkweeds and other larval food plants. We recommend that you start with one Habitile.
  2. Habitile mini-tiles for germination include soil plugs. The standard Habitile planter could include soil as an option. You will also have to add nutrient-rich soil.
  3. Habitile kits are also available and they include native California Milkweed seeds. As monarchs begin to inhabit your Habitile, report your observations to us. What you observe will help our understanding of the distribution and phrenology of milkweeds and monarchs.

A Butterfly Haven

Aurora Mahassine envisioned the Habitile Living Wall System specifically as a haven for monarch butterflies, their required larval food plants, and the native flowers that provide them with nectar and pollen.

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Invention Background

Field of the Invention

This invention relates to systems for biological treatment and support on the vertical walls of manmade structures and, in particular, to plant-growing systems that are modular and adaptable to many different site and building conditions.

Description of Related Art

As urban and suburban density increase, human impact on local flora and fauna as well as migrating species and their required habitat becomes ever greater. The health of all bioregions affects all creatures. As such, humans can no longer afford the naive perspective of separating ourselves from the health of the planet, beginning with one's own particular bioregion.

Loss of habitat for local wildlife is intrinsically connected with the increase in cement mass at the same time that concrete has been established as being a significant factor in global warming. While roadways and structures require the loss of horizontal habitat, there is potential for us to transform the vertical surfaces we are creating into life-supporting systems.

For example, birds, butterflies, and other invertebrates perceive freeways to be waterways (they often flow over culverted river and streams). Creatures see the glinting of the sun on cars as water and they follow these "rivers" searching for life.

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Hanging Gardens Project

The Hanging Gardens Project is a comprehensive approach to landscaping that seeks site-specific integration between the built environment and the local ecosystem. Above all, it recognizes that we are a part of an intricate fabric of life that is interdependent and requires human stewardship. The project mission is the integration of architecture and nature in cities.

As designers, we are compelled to address the many environmental challenges we face. The urban landscape will necessarily increase in density and, in so doing, has the potential to replicate high forests and cliff walls if we focus on the natural function of the vertical plane.

Given roadways and building footprints, it is still possible to have more overall square footage to offer back to the natural environment if we employ roofs, terraces, and the vertical surfaces themselves for landscaping.

Our aim is the graceful and natural integration of site and structure. The Hanging Gardens Project seeks to contribute practical and beautiful applications that can be easily and quickly implemented. We can engineer true-life infrastructure that will increase air quality, diminish concrete CO2 off-gassing, lower microclimatic temperatures, process storm and greywater, deviate products from landfills, and above all, reestablish flyways and corridors, enabling the recovery of the bioregional web of life.

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