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The Star Horticulturist Behind Silicon Valley’s Living Wall Trend

David Brenner of Habitat Horticulture is greening up Bay Area companies—from Tesla to Ideo to Autodesk—one living wall at a time.

As with many virtuosos, David Brenner, founder of the San Francisco–based living wall experts Habitat Horticulture, makes his creative process seem intuitive and effortless. “Like designing anything, it starts with parameters that help define the aesthetic,” he says. But unlike the parameters of product design (dimensions, materials, and fabrication capabilities) or architecture (site conditions, budget, and permits), his parameters are often more ephemeral. Given the vacillating sunlight and climactic conditions on any given day, what will grow?

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