Thursday, April 8, 2010
Green all the roofs!!!...that don’t have solar panels (them too)!
Think about the day when we can go to the city and see plants, lots of plants. Sure there will still be grey steel and concrete buildings, hard concrete or paver sidewalks and until a new paving or mode of transport, black asphalt roads BUT the day of seeing lots of green plants in the city is not too far off. Contemporary Landscape Architecture has decided to not be held back any longer or limited to the street and pocket park. Roofs, walls…complete sides of buildings are now providing the garden. The completely planted facade of an office building or five star hotel is just around the corner….Welcome to the green revolution, right! I mean really, really green like living green.
Our ability to accomplish things we only dreamed of years ago is here and obtainable. Contemporary landscape and the opening up of our collective awareness of who we are, where we live , what we do and how that all causes and effects each other and the planet has allowed us to create new solutions to the problems of the built environment. Green roofs solve many problems from insulation, water quality, heat island effect, screening roof top equipment (like heating air ducts or HVAC) to simply beautifying our built world. I can wait until all our cities and towns are more contemporary.
I was in Vancouver this past weekend and visited the Olympic torch and new water front convention hall. As we passed through the city I saw many different types of buildings with green roofs. Vancouver is a fantastic example of how Contemporary Landscape Architecture can solve many of our human built habitat issues while improving and beautifying our environment.