Atlantis was formed in 1986 by Landscape Architect, Humberto Urriola following his dream of creating Green Cities. In the early 1970’s Humberto developed a vision to cover cities with beautiful landscaped gardens. Buildings would be covered with hanging gardens, rooftops with intensive gardens and parks & gardens added to the urban landscape. The Green Cities would be part of a new urban cycle that improves water quality, reduces contaminated runoff, improves air quality, reduces the heat island effect and improves the mental health of the population.
Urban Temperature Regulation (Green City Natural Insulation)
The heat island effect of a city is drastically reduced by the plants and gardens that cover it. The ambient temperature of the city is well regulated by the abundance of green vegetation located on green roofs, green walls, parks and gardens. The vegetation and soil profile provides a natural thermal insulation that absorbs and transforms sunlight which provides pleasant temperatures during summertime. The vegetation is an ideal sink for carbon which purifies the air, outputs oxygen and absorbs water runoff.
Psychological studies have shown that human beings living in environments with plants as opposed to oppressive artificial environments enjoy better moods and well being.
Air Quality & Oxygen Production
Increased plants in urban landscapes can dramatically provide benefits in improving air quality by filtering and transforming toxins, pollutants, carbon dioxide and increasing oxygen supply.