April 17, 2009

Green Roof, New York City

Photograph by Diane Cooke and Len Jenshel

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Environment

Some green roofs can be far simpler to create than traditional roof gardens. Volunteers from Cook + Fox installed the New York City architectural firm's roof themselves using Green Paks. The polyethylene bags, marketed by St. Louis-based Green Roof Blocks, contain low-maintenance plants and can be laid out with no preparation beyond rolling out a layer of waterproof material that controls drainage and blocks the intrusion of roots into roof structures.

See more photographs from the May 2009 feature story "Green Roofs."

Augustin Earran
Augustin Earran

These are impressive photographs of the green roof movement. We actually covered the Chicago green roof in our blog. A lot of work and design was put into that project. I think the coolest part of the Chicago green roof was the ability for visitors to walk through a botanical garden on the roof with a great view. However, in College Station roofs, which is the general field of my interest these days and in whose search I reached this great piece of knowledge, the only roofs that really allow for this level of development are commercial buildings and perhaps a few of the building on the Texas A&M campus.

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