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678 Green Roofs Counted in Central London – But Are There More?

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

The greening of central London

A map has been compiled of all the known green roofs in central London, and discovered almost 700 – but there are probably more. Their estimated total area is 175,000 m², equivalent to around 25 football pitches. Viewers are invited to submit others not already logged to make the map more complete.[read more]

There is No Such Thing as Waste, Only Wasted Resources

October 2, 2014 by Walid Norris

Waste, Wasted Resources, and Efficiency

With growing populations and increasing impacts from climate change, forward-thinking cities are scrambling to adopt green infrastructure to become more resilient. Green roofs, green spaces and flood management systems can help cities like Rotterdam manage climate impacts.[read more]

The New Is Well Forgotten Old: Scandinavian Vernacular Experience on Biodiverse Green Roofs

September 6, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Scandinavia and Green Roofs

Green roofs are becoming more popular around the globe and are considered to be a very progressive landscape design devise in urban areas. The green roof has become fashionable, it's considered as one of the “compulsory” sustainable buildings features and an important part of urban green infrastructure.[read more]

High Growth: 11 Urban Rooftop Farms Across America

September 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Roof Farming

As urban populations grow and the demand for local food rises, agricultural innovators see opportunity atop the roofs of city buildings. Much of this space is devoted to outdoor gardens, but rooftop greenhouses are also sprouting up in cities with cold climates.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Four Things We Need

August 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

National specialists argued that as the cost of green roofs were the highest before an industry was established, and that this was the current case in South Africa, they didn’t “see the rationality of a developer wanting to do a green roof unless there is some type of compensation for them”.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Are Cape Town and Durban Serious?

August 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

The only incentive towards green roofs in South Africa is a sustainability rating tool called the Green Building Council’s Green Star SA Credits. This voluntary system was inspired by the 2002 Australian Green Star tool and has been in effect since 2007.[read more]

What Green Roof Incentives and Policies are International Cities Using?

July 31, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Getting a Green Roof Going

The Impact of intense Industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s in Linz, Austria, left the city with little quality green space. Once this became a genuine problem the urban planners started to put together a Green Space Plan approved in 1984.[read more]

Revisiting the Urban Farm

June 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Farming

You might remember that last month the team at TAS planted 100 EarthBoxes on the roof of our office building to grow everything from beets to hot peppers. Well it has now been over a month, so I thought it would be interesting to show you the progress that has been made.[read more]

Telus Launch Green Rooftop with Community Garden

June 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Telus Green Roof

Office building green roofs tend to be a ‘spectator sport’: look but don’t touch. Telus, one of the Big-Three telecoms in Canada, launch their participatory rooftop garden in their downtown Toronto building where staff are encouraged to seed, water, weed, and harvest the vegetables.[read more]

Are Green Roofs the Answer to Creating Sustainable Livelihoods, Part 1

May 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roofs and Sustainability

Change within society is encouraged through the transition of eras. Throughout time cities have responded to these era changes by moving from one type of urbanism to the next. Ultimately these types of urbanisms define the infrastructure investments launched within each era.[read more]

Athens to Its Combat Heat Island Effect with a City of Green Roofs?

Athens Green Roofs?

With over three thousand hours of sunshine per year, Athens, and Greece in general, is blessed with the gift of sun. And as a result, solar heaters rule the cityscape. Establishing their presence in the 1970s, solar heaters became popular in Greece, and their use has continued to increase.[read more]

Green Roof Slated for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

April 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Barclays Center Green Roof

Instead of more hot black roofs radiating excessive heat upward, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will add another green roof to the urban palette. This endeavor will be overseen by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co.[read more]