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Greener Roofs in the City

Replacing traditional roofs with gardens is something that I have long advocated.  It saves on heating and cooling costs (and therefore reduces pollution) but the plants also help filter the air and improve the building’s aesthetics.  I’ve kindly borrowed a few photos from The Grow Spot.  These buildings and gardens are amazing.  I love it.  These would also go well with the vertical gardens.  Just imagine massive buildings in New York City someday completely covered with plants.  We will have to wonder why we never did it sooner.

Rooftop Garden 1

Vertical Gardening

Buildings often come off as ugly concrete, sometimes shiny pretty glass.  Either way, buildings tend to be inorganic.  The GrowSpot has some beautiful photos of work done by Patrick BlancBlanc incorporates plants in the exterior of buildings by attaching a fibrous material to the building.  The plants then take root in that and water is trickled down behind it.  I love the idea to get more plant life back in the cities where its been lost.  Imagine 10 or 20 stories buildings covered like this.  I imagine there is also some insulating attribute to this as well.

Blanc Wall

This is also slightly different from your typical gardening.  A Google search for vertical gardening has great tips for pole beans and sugar pod peas but nothing on sticking plants to buildings.  Wikipedia has nothing on it yet either. This form of gardening varies because it seems to mostly be aesthetic but promises to be functional for insulating purposes.  I don’t think it would be too practical to actually grow food on large buildings this way.  Someone should try it on their house though.