DESIGN, MANUFACTURE AND INSTALLATION OF INNOVATIVE URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
URBAN CANOPEE offers innovative solutions to help combat the effects of climate change in urban environments — putting green where you can't plant trees.
The innovative Green Funnel, the company's lightweight and adaptable frames, are used for the rapid installation of living canopies in public spaces, as an aesthetic asset or to provide traditional shade cover. As an industry leader in green infrastructure solutions, URBAN CANOPEE are experts in the design, engineering, manufacture and installation of these visually impactful and environmentally responsible composite structures.
After taking France by storm, URBAN CANOPEE is now taking its first steps into the Australian market. Offering cutting-edge solutions for public spaces, schools, corporate headquarters, pedestrianised areas and other open spaces, URBAN CANOPEE is committed to cooler, more resilient and sustainable urban environments.
URBAN CANOPEE's Green Funnel is a lightweight and modular solution for urban cooling. Installed as a growing canopy over public and private spaces or on rooftops, it provides shade for any surface. The perfect solution to providing shade and cooling where trees cannot be planted, Green Funnel structures are freestanding, self-watering and relocatable, with no impact on underground services.
Each Green Funnel can support up to three different climbing plant species. Individual consulting services are offered on each project, to design a unique and personalised plant selection suited to a site’s climatic and aesthetic specifications. The plants utilised to create a living canopy over the structure assist with restoring biodiversity in cities and improving air quality, as well combatting the urban heat island effect and improving life for a city's inhabitants by providing a connection with nature.
Each structure is made of a composite material and does not require maintenance. They are resistant to wind, extreme weather and corrosion. A large water tank is housed within each structure and is equipped with a solar panel, battery and water pump setup to power a Sensopee smart irrigation system.
Humidity and temperature probes combined with an innovative IoT device provide 24/7 remote monitoring of growing conditions for the plants used to green the canopy. Irrigation is automated to optimally manage and preserve water resources.
Green Funnel's elegant and unique design requires only a small amount of floorspace to create a very large canopy overhead. With a ground diameter of only 1.1 metres, the canopy can extend from 7 to 9 metres in diameter at 4 to 5 metres altitude, while providing an overall shade area of up to 60 square metres.
Green Funnel structures comes in various sizes. Height and crown widths can be adjusted to fit specific site requirements.
The composite structure is fixed on a galvanised steel base hosting the water tank and substrate pot. Project specific engineering calculations are done to assess the safest anchorage solution to suit existing ground cover as well as site load distribution limits.
The shape, texture and colour of each Green Funnel base is adapted to a client’s desired specifications, and the final product is highly customisable, with various integrated add-ons available, from circular sitting benches, shadecloth and bollards, to lighting and misting systems.
PROJECTS AND AWARDS
A number of Green Funnel structures have been installed across France, (Paris, Marseille, Reims, Toulouse), as well as in public spaces in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. Many more projects are scheduled to be implemented across the globe in 2020/2021.
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URBAN CANOPEE has been the recipient of multiple awards since its invention, including:
2019 Woman4Climate Award, awarded by C40 Cities
Most Innovative Product Award, Urban Design and Landscape Show, Dubai
Australia-wide and New Zealand