The majority of green walls that exist today are superficial – they are literally applied to the surface of an existing structure rather than integrating within it. Although explorations of modular planter units exist in varying capacities, the goal of the GMU is to create a form of green wall that integrates into a preexisting structural system. Specifically, the GMU is a standalone, replicable masonry unit that fits within a standard CMU wall and provides space for the housing of plants.
The innovation of our project primarily exists in its ability to be integrated within the standard existing CMU wall. Although planter bricks have been explored in a variety of capacities ranging from ceramic to terra-cotta, we have created a unit that is able to operate within the context of a pre-existing structural system, thereby permitting its use at a variety of scales and applications. We were primarily interested in exploring a design that is both innovative in its form and function, but otherwise universally applicable beyond the context of its own creation. Essentially, the GMU innovates on the front of accessibility. We hoped to create a well-designed product that is both accessible and practical in its application.