06 Mar '12, 9am

Green roof revolution | Green Futures Magazine

Green roof revolution | Green Futures Magazine

Living roofs are going mainstream as architectural prizes and pioneering stories highlight their positive impacts A ‘living roof’ can make a vivid green statement. The 1,700 square metres of living, breathing greenery on two long sweeping slopes of roof are the crowning glory, for instance, of the ‘8 house’ in Copenhagen’s Oerestad district. This mixed-use development, combining offices and 540 dwellings, has just won the housing category in the 2011 World Architecture Festival Awards . It’s also been designated the ‘best green roof in Scandinavia’. This is high praise indeed, since Germany and Scandinavia pretty well lead the field in this fast-growing contribution to more sustainable cities. New York’s equivalent, the Via Verde (Green Way) social housing project due to open in early 2012 (pictured above), offers another beacon for sustainable urban renewal, bringing roof...

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