While in Paris I was fortunate to come across two green walls in the city: the first is a massive three-story vertical jungle atop a loading dock for a department store in the Marais by Patrick Blanc (above), the second was a billboard for a green cleaning product near the Sorbonne (below). While I generally love green in urban places, these two are examples of architectural greenwashing: camouflaging a truck loading dock and hocking synthetic detergents ultimately results in far more carbon emissions than these little tropical paradises could ever absorb.
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