25 Dec '11, 1pm

Beirut's Roofs and Walls Ripe for a Green Takeover

Beirut's Roofs and Walls Ripe for a Green Takeover

Luciana.Luciana /CC BY 2.0 Beirut cityscape. Bold concepts for greening Beirut's walls and rooftops could turn the city's concrete jungle into something that looks more like the hanging gardens of Babylon -- though it might take a little strong-arming to get there. The "most pragmatic solution" to the city's dire lack of green space -- at best 0.8 square meters per capita, far below the World Health Organization's recommended 12 square meters -- would be to pass "a municipal decree that requires each building to grow its [own] simple rooftop garden... Nothing fancy, just a couple of trees in a large fixed pot on each rooftop," according to StudioInvisible , a Beirut-based design consultancy profiled recently by the Middle East environmental news site Green Prophet . Rooftop Gardens For Growing Food "As incentives to the urban population, the municipality can offer tax redu...

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