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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon – From One of the Seven Wonders to Green Architecture, Museum for Garden Art, Düsseldorf, 2020

Long before the climate change discussion have architecture and its planting of vegetation formed a whole. The interaction of man-made development and natural greening looks back at a long tradition reaching back to Antiquity. For many centuries, this fascination of planted architecture has been connected with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They were
the pioneers for modern symbioses between building and green which also in the city of Düsseldorf move back to the center of attention.
One of the projects shown in the exhibition is Kö-Bogen II with its green facade. The greenery improves the city’s microclimate – it protects against the sun’s rays in summer and reduces urban heat, binds carbon dioxide, stores moisture, attenuates noise, and supports biodiversity.