Green Roofs For Healthy Cities

Green Roofs For Healthy Cities
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Sourced from The Sydney Morning HeraldIf there was ever any doubt about the need for green infrastructure to complement Sydney's building boom, the scorching heatwave that cooked the city earlier this month should have cured it.In the first week of 2018, Sydney baked through 40 degree temperatures, while Penrith, in the city's west, clocked in at...

Denver developers, architects, environmental activists and residents weighed in at a Wednesday hearing on the voter-passed Green Roof Initiative, and in comments submitted beforehand, with complaints and suggestions about city regulations drafted to implement it.The Denver Planning Board convened the hearing at 4 p.m. for the public to air views...

One of the most exciting features of The Spheres are the living walls. With more than 25,000 plants woven into 4,000 square feet of mesh, these vertical gardens are an innovative demonstration of biodiversity.Choosing the Plants
From afar, the walls offer a rich canvas of color, and up close, they boast more than 200 different species of...

The first course prepared for the most recent “Dress Dinner” at Caltech wasn’t unusual for the fancy, end-of-term meal for students, but the source of the mixed greens, flowers and other vegetables in the dish is a point of pride for executive chef Zach Chambers.Forget farm-to-table, everything on the plate was grown on the dining hall’s roof.“The...

Due to the rising pollution levels in the city, it is becoming difficult to breathe. But the Income Tax Department here is adding green ‘lungs’ to the city by installing vertical gardens on its premises by making use of waste plastic bottles. The staff have put together a vertical garden comprising over 12,000 plants, mostly in discarded plastic...

We can fight air pollution in Delhi by introducing rooftop plantation all over the capital. This will help us to create a fresh, pollution-free environment especially in cities over polluted and gasping cities like the national capital. In fact, I feel the law should make such environmental gestures like rooftop plantation mandatory in Indian...

Entering the offices of CookFox architects in Manhattan, you can almost leave the city behind.The horseshoe-shaped work pods are plant-fringed havens, warmly lit by the late afternoon light. Terraces on three sides of the office are planted with native trees, vines and grasses and replete with bee apiaries that are tended by the employees, who are...

Applied Imaging (Grand Rapids, Mich.) installed a 198-square-foot LiveWall® Living Wall as the main design element in the lobby of its new corporate headquarters at 5555 Glenwood Hills Parkway Southeast in Grand Rapids. Applied Imaging is the Midwest’s premier, independently owned provider of document imaging technology and managed IT and network...

The Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)-designed Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen is finally set to wrap up later this year, and international firm SLA has revealed their final plan for the plant’s 170,000-square foot rooftop park. First revealed in 2011, the biomass-burning plant, with its ski slopes on the roof and a smokestack meant to...

On Nov. 8, 2017, the voters of Denver passed the Denver Green Roof Initiative. As of Jan. 1, the construction of any building with a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or greater must include covering a portion of its roof with vegetation, solar panel installations or a combination of both. The Initiative is codified as Article XIII §§ 10-300...