Gallery: Kasetsart University in Thailand Builds an Innovative Rooftop ...

 

After devastating floods hit Bangkok in 2011 leaving university staff cut off from food, Kasetsart University decided to build an urban farm on the rooftop of their Faculty of Architecture building to not only sustain everyday needs, but also provide food in the event of a disaster. Developed with help from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Faculty of Architecture and Kasetsart University, the 196 sqm urban farm is filled with various herbs and vegetables and features three innovations — a green roof mat, a vertical green block and a biofacade — by associate professor Pasinee Sunakorn, who won the The National Research Council of Thailand’s Invention Award earlier this year.

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The green roof mat is a light weight curtain made from a mixture of coconut and coffee waste with some plant nutrients. The 30×30 cm mat is suitable for growing low bushes and vegetables. The plant beds were constructed with re-used fiber cement board, held together by door hinges.

The vertical green block is made up of concrete cinder blocks and plant containers. It is designed to drain water down vertically and carry irrigation piping through horizontally.

The biofacade is covered with vines or climbing plants to shade the building from solar radiation and to also cool the air down by the plants’ evapo-transpiration. The facade was constructed using a reused steel frame to hold weaving hemp rope for plants to climb on.

Kasetsart University

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