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Tomonaga’s  ‘Mossy living wall’ blog illustrates the key factors that maintain our health and wellbeing, biodiversity and effects to climate change. Greenspaces are crucial to our everyday existence. It is noted from Levitt Bernsteins ‘housing standards handbook’ (2016) that as a principle we should design with as much soft landscape as possible.

The ‘Living Wall’ located by St Thomas’ Church, uses carbon capture plants to reduce CO2 levels, in the most vehicle centric area of Newcastle. Tomo outlines the features and benefits it brings to the wider area, whilst promoting sustainable design. With a combination of plants and solar panels, it can produce cleaner air but also provide energy for the grid or store electricity in batteries.

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The Living Wall, Newcastle – (1)

In terms of useful applications, the mossy living wall can be used on facades or even replace unused hard surfaces to maximise the space.  Overall, the simple use of the wall promotes the design principles of working with the natural ecosystem. Its location is perfect to grab the attention of the footfall that passes by, and its uses natural resources to enhance the built environment (Barton et al, 2010).


Barton, H., Grant, M. & Guise, R. (2010) Shaping neighbourhoods: for local health and global sustainability 2nd ed., London; New York: Routledge.

Levitt Bernstein Associates & National Housing Federation. (2016) Housing standards handbook: a good practice guide to design quality for affordable housing providers, London: National Housing Federation.

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