Gallery: Green Roofs Are Changing the Way Architects Design Buildings


Green roofs are wonderful things; like a thick blanket, they keep roofs cool in summer and warm in winter. They have been around for centuries in Scandinavia and Iceland, where they moderate the cold winters and sometimes very hot summers. They reduce the “heat island” effect, where the air above and around the old black roofs gets hotter, making them hot properties in cities. Some, like Toronto have made them mandatory; other cities like Chicago give financial assistance to promote them. The provide habitat for birds and insects, even goats.

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  1. Shabeer Azeez October 2, 2010 at 3:46 am


  2. urbanwoodswalker October 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Nanyang Technological University by Kenzo Tange

    ….is not true GREEN. This roof seems to be covered in lawn…an energy , water, and pesticide hungry carpet resembling a golf course. Better to use native plants of the region that can thrive naturally without needing a weekly crew of grounds keepers and lawn movers to keep up the artificial look.

  3. gurv October 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Forgot this building:

    The terraced levels of the building:

    And the gardens and prairies (using the native grasses and replicating the undeveloped natural landscapes in the area) on the roof (stretching almost a full 10 acres):

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