[NBS Card] Grow Tile
The Grow Tile can be implemented on horizontal or vertical surfaces and depending of the materials used for the surface, it can be walkable. It is targeted at creating optimal environmental conditions for plants to live in an urban environment and it is designed to minimize maintenance operations. The solution brings several environmental benefits, such as (1) flooding prevention by increasing permeable surfaces; (2) heat island alleviation; (3) air quality improvement; (4) water saving increasing. Depending on the plants implemented it can also be used for food production and pollination. The external surface is designed using parametric techniques that allow to adapt the shape to local climate conditions. For instance, in wet climates, the total area of the holes would be higher as more plants can be irrigated thanks to a higher water availability.