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What’s on your roof?

Posted by Alex | August 17th, 2010 | Filed under Design, Sustainability

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Great post over on the landscape architecture blog Inspiration Wall from a tour of several of Seattle’s Green Roofs. If, like me, you don’t have access to a well-planted roof in your urban dwelling, it’s enough to make you, well, green with envy.

More, though, it’s good to see this concept taking off. Personally, every time I’m on top of a high building, I can’t help looking around and marveling at all the wasted space—who wouldn’t want a beautiful rooftop garden? Hell, just take the roof of any urban office building, plant a few square yards of green and perch an MCH (Micro Compact Home) on it, and you’re probably sitting on a few hundred grand worth of real estate…

(via Inspiration Wall)

One Response to “What’s on your roof?”

  • August 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Andre says

    Alex,

    I feel the EXACT same way anytime I am in a building with a view in an urban area. In fact I will go so far as to say I actually feel sad and simultaneously angry that the construction industries methodology/philosophy has led us all so far astray. As a LEED AP I am continually hopeful that Americans of influence, meaning everyone of us, will learn the many benefits of the integration of nature at every level of construction including green roofs. For thousands of years we as a race have been able to “co-exist” with our surroundings and only in the last 100 or so years have we become so blinded by our need for progress and blatant greed that we have… well… we have raped and poisoned the very planet that gives us life. Green roofs on the millions of commercial buildings in the US have so many benefits (cooler city temperatures, cleaner air, widespread tranquility etc) that I continue to hope for a shift in the thinking of the masses. We have allowed the concrete jungles but its time to turn those parking lots (& roofs) into a park…
    For folks interested in very cool green roofs ck out http://www.greenroofs.com/blog/

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