If you look at Dhaka city from a bird's-eye view, only tall, grey skyscrapers will be visible. And you will notice that little room is left for green. In reality, this little green is what really soothes our eyes.
However, a few changes in our landscape architecture can bring a noticeable transformation to this grey scenario.
That is why Rangs Properties Limited (RPL) introduced green fencing – a form of vertical garden – in their architecture.
This idea is inspired from an article by The World Economic Forum and later RPL team transformed the same into a reality.
"The widely used fencing is usually artificial and made of PVC materials. Using those fences only adds to our financial and environmental loss. As Rangs is a pro-environmental company and against everything that produces plastic waste, we initiated green fencing to rapidly cut down on waste. It is eye-soothing and also reusable," explained Mashid Rahman, Managing Director of Rangs Properties Limited.
The basic idea was to cover the peripheral fence of a construction site with greenery rather than a dull expanse of metal sheets and PVC. But later, the idea of vertical gardens was developed.
The green fencing stays from the beginning of a project's construction till its end.
To cover the project fencing and vertical green façade at their construction sites, RPL mostly chose ferns as they repel parasites and require low maintenance.
Later, they added Yellow Monstera and Green Monstera to decorate the vertical walls. These reduce the surrounding temperature and also purify the air.
These plants are kept in rows in geotextile bags which are biodegradable, replaceable and sustainable.
Moreover, they are leak proof so they also do not do harm the walls.
Along with adding natural beauty to the structure, green fencing is also quite cost-effective. Green fence is usually 40 percent less expensive compared to traditional versions.
If there is a small space, RPL plans and designs it in a different way. It creates a little green jungle, planting Terminalia Mantaly, commonly known as Hukachuwa/Nagachuwa.
As part of their landscape architecture, the company has introduced trees on terraces and roofs. To ensure these trees can grow bigger, they are now adding super roofs, using double layers to introduce roof gardens.
As mentioned earlier, these plants do not need much maintenance rather they are quite heat-resistant. So, they help to keep the temperature low which is eventually good for the environment.
"We had a few learning curves which we gradually overcame. We never did anything unsystematically – we started from scratch and went on to learn and imply our lessons. We always prioritised the architectural designs and carefully executed them," said the MD of RPL.
The first green fencing project began in 2018 at Rangs Z Square in Gulshan Avenue.
Now, more than 30 projects are going on in Dhaka and Chattogram. Green fencing has become an exclusive trade mark of RPL. Even other real estate companies are embracing it.
It blends contemporary architecture with technology driven construction and this is how it creates an exceptional statement.
"We are happy that people are imitating us. We have been a lifestyle brand for people. Our philosophy, designs and aesthetic sense are ahead of time and green fencing is one of our unique ideas. It is great to know that people are welcoming it. When they click pictures and unknowingly promote us, this proves our work as worthy," said Mashid.
A new dimension in innovation and design excellence has been the core recipe of RPL. It claims that it has created the tallest vertical garden in the city.
In the beginning, it was not easy to introduce a little garden in a landscape but now people are understanding this idea and welcoming its aesthetic sense.
"We do business for man, mankind and the environment. Bringing positivity in life is our philosophy. We want to use more green plants in our architecture. Hence, we are working every day to improve ourselves and will continue doing this in future too, added Mashid.