AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas is combining nature and architecture with its new Living Wall.
The wall at Guadalupe near Goldsmith Hall was built to hold plastic soil containers and took five years of hard work to complete. The project is a collaboration between the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
“If you are in the hot sun in Austin, you know that it’s challenging, and it’s challenging for a wall not to create a lot of heat, just as a person experiences a lot of heat when they’re standing in the sun,” said Danielle Briscoe, School of Architecture Assistant Professor. “So we’re trying to find alternative ways building in the environment that might mitigate that thermal heat gain.”
The Living Wall will hold native plants to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and lizards.