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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]

Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

Efficient Roofs for Efficient Buildings: Building Blocks for Energy Efficient Cities in India

February 8, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Efficient Roofs

I recently relocated to New Delhi after more than a decade — a set of years which entailed rapid economic growth for India. Infrastructure development in cities around the country is booming and it is difficult to travel for too long without meeting the rising towers of concrete and shining glass.[read more]


HUMOR: Be Careful What Wildlife Your Green Roof Attracts!

February 3, 2014 by Helen Adam

Don't worry, it's vegetarian!

Has this rewilding gone too far? Watch out when encouraging wildlife into your city - you might get more than you bargained for![read more]

Green Roof Policies Stumble in Guangzhou, China

December 8, 2013 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Green Roofs in China

Guangzhou has carried out the green roof policy for more than one decade, but the implementation has encountered challenges. The green roof area of ​​Guangzhou accounted for an estimated total area of ​​only 0.5%, which is far less than Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.[read more]

Green Roofs: International Inspirations

April 17, 2013 by Future Cape Town

green roofs

The proven benefits of green roofs increase along with our ability to design and integrate them. Some of the most well-documented benefits are the creation of ecosystem networks, and storm water runoff management.[read more]

The Costs and Benefits of Green Roofs

October 25, 2012 by Leda Marritz

Target Center Arena Green Roof, Minneapolis, MN: Example of a large scale green roof providing significant stormwater benefits even in urban area dominated by impervious surfaces. The Target Center Arena Green Roof retains and evapotranspires more than a million gallons of water per year. Image Kestrel Design Group ©While green roofs...[read more]

Designing Integrated Ecologies: Real Estate, Ecosystems, and Everyday Perception

September 25, 2012 by The Nature of Cities

In 1990 the municipal landfill of the City of Elizabeth, New Jersey (near New York City) was officially closed and a leachate system, layers of cleaner soils, and two brand new wetlands were constructed. The landfill, located on the waterfront on Newark Bay, on top of the mouth of a creek that once supported the salt marsh of the...[read more]

Green Roofs Serve as Vital Wildlife Habitat

June 19, 2012 by Glenn Meyers

Green roof’s provide the benefit of natural heating and insulation, a lovely space to escape to amidst the bustle of city-life, but new research shows that they are also providing a vital refuge for birds as they fly through on their way to somewhere else.Dustrin Patridge is a doctoral candidate at Fordham University, and he’s been...[read more]

Green Roofs Will Cover Toronto

May 9, 2012 by Leda Marritz

Man, those Torontonians! They continue to impress us with their aggressive green infrastructure policies. Back in January of 2010, Toronto became the first North American city to make installing green roofs on new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments compulsory – now that requirements will apply to...[read more]

Toronto's leadership for green roofs

April 25, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

  In January of 2010, Toronto became the first city in North America to require the installation of green roofs on new commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential developments across the city.  Next week, the requirement will expand to apply to new industrial development as well.Simply put, a “green roof” is a...[read more]

How Green Roofs are Going Mainstream & Improving our Cities

March 13, 2012 by This Big City

A ‘living roof’ can make a vivid green statement. The 1,700 square metres of living, breathing greenery on two long sweeping slopes of roof are the crowning glory, for instance, of the ‘8 house’ in Copenhagen’s Oerestad district. This mixed-use development, combining offices and 540 dwellings, has just won the housing category...[read more]