Project “Via Verde” or “Green Way” aims to transform hundreds of pillars into vertical gardens.
“The main priority for vertical gardens is to transform the city,” architect Fernando Ortiz Monasterio told the New York Times at the time. “It’s a way to intervene in the environment.”
The ambitious project includes the installation and maintenance of more than 60,000 square meters of vertical gardens on more than 1000 columns on the beltway around Mexico City.
The gardens will be maintained via a drop irrigation system that uses rain; controlled by a remote monitoring system.
The gardens will be grown in a special cloth so they won’t damage the structure of the walls.
The project aims to filter 27,000 tons of harmful gasses, process 10,000 kg of heavy metals and produce enough oxygen for 25,000 citizens every year.
“Both L.A. and Mexico City have improved but in Mexico City, the change has been a lot more,” Luisa Molina, a research scientist at MIT, who has done extensive pollution comparisons told the New York Times. Mexico “is very advanced not just in terms of Latin America, but around the world. When I go to China, they all want to hear the story of Mexico.”