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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]

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]