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UCAM students design vertical gardens with medicinal plants

Developed by the degrees in Architecture and Pharmacy, these are urban proposals with aesthetic and bioclimatic objectives

Thyme, mint, calendula, passionflower, lavender, ivy, poppy or dandelion are some of the indigenous medicinal plants of the Region of Murcia that have been proposed by the students of the Degree in Pharmacy to make up the 'Vertical Gardens' designed by their fellow students of the Degree in Architecture. 

A total of 17 projects make up this exhibition, which can be visited in the Cloister of Los Jerónimos, and which includes aesthetic and bioclimatic ideas designed for the Campus itself. The winning proposal was the one made by the students José Herranz, Marta Marras, Javier Pedro Gómez and Antonio Martínez, consisting of mobile vertical gardens that also incorporate a self-service machine for infusions of the plants that make them up. 

The coordinator of the call, Débora Villaño, pointed out that "this is a programme to strengthen project-based learning, as the students are responsible for creating, designing and managing the vertical gardens. In addition, the collaboration between different degrees has led to mutual enrichment". 

Vertical gardens

These walls or panels with different plants and flowers are becoming more and more common in European cities and are a novel solution for creating green areas in small spaces. "They are easy to create, low cost and provide bioclimatic improvements; they moderate the temperature of the buildings they protect and absorb CO2, improving the air in cities," says Enrique Mínguez, lecturer of the Degree in Architecture at the Universidad Católica