By Mara Gittleman What is a green roof? Green roofs are roofs with vegetation on them. They can be extensive, which means they have soil 2-6 inches thick and very short plants, or they can be intensive, which means they have at least 6 inches of soil and can hold a larger variety of plants. What are the benefits of green roofs?
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The Science Barge is a prototype, sustainable urban farm and environmental education center. It is the only fully functioning demonstration of renewable energy supporting sustainable food production in New York City. The Science Barge grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero chemical pesticides, and zero runoff. From May to October 2007, the Science Barge hosted over 3,000 schoolchildren from all five New York boroughs as well as surrounding counties as part of our environmental education program.
Note: The Professional Program in Sustainable Design is being discontinued, effective May 1, 2012. No further registrations for the program will be accepted after that date. For all questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 284-1041. Resource use associated with the industrial development of the past 150 years has the potential to dramatically compromise ecosystems that create and support life on this planet. As society attempts to rapidly change course within existing sociocultural structures and frameworks, green building and sustainable design emerge as ways to reduce the impact of our built environment. Sustainable design seeks to reintegrate human processes with the forms and patterns of natural living systems to create stability and abundance for future generations.
What does a 21st century home look like? We recently gave a rundown of some of the features we can expect in the next wave of amazing, green houses (in 21 Ways To Build A 21st Century Home) . But since we’re already in the 21st Century, you’d expect to see some of these innovations put into practice already. And you’d be right. Here are 15 amazing futuristic innovations that you can see at work right now: Modular Manufacture .
Digging through the archives based on the last couple of posts, I was definitely struck by the myriad shapes and sizes that these vertical farming proposals take and the overall excitem ent that has grown in a short amount of time. This caused me to want to dissect them a bit further in terms of form and function for growing food in efficient ways. First a bit of background from the 'invention' of vertical farming on t his video featuring Dr.
Faroe Islands, Near Denmark Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn't worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipment.
As I mentioned in the recent reckoning of the L+U blog, I wanted to focus on a number of recent texts that I've had the chance to delve into (by disconnecting myself from the nefarious teat of the RSS feeder) Of significance is finally getting around to expanding on the initial readings of the book Ecological Urbanism (check out Intro by Mohsen Mostafavi, 'Why Ecological Urbanism? Why Now?, in two parts here and here ) which although gigantic, dense and brick-like, is also yielding some engaging content. Thus in lieu of another option for a book with over 100+ essays and snippets from various authors, I'm going to chronologically post on each one on a mostly, time permitting, daily basis - in some cases just a fragment or two worthy of discussion - sometimes in more length.
The Problem By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers. Applying the most conservative estimates to current demographic trends, the human population will increase by about 3 billion people during the interim.
We all know Ibiza is well known for its night life, but it may also become known for it's vertical gardens -- Spanish landscape experts Urbanarbolismo just completed a gorgeous living wall in the courtyard of the Ushuaia Ibiza Hotel. The vertical garden serves as a sound barrier for the outdoor club while creating a colorful, living addition to the crisp white hotel and bright blue skies. The wall also features an innovative low-tech, low-maintenance watering system developed with the help of Alijardín and Forest Alicante . <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/Art;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?"
It’s approaching the end of summer and rather than saying good-bye to your herbs why not go inside and try an indoor vertical herb garden? But, if you live in an apartment and have space restrictions a permanent vertical herb garden might just be the solution for you – where you can have herbs inside all year round. You may also like to get creative and add colour by adding succulents.
July 15, 2011 Zac Benson’s got a bad succulent collecting habit. The San Diego-based photographer says his girlfriend, who shares his love of these “fat plants,” would for Valentine’s Day “way rather have nice a Kalanchoe Beharensis a.k.a. Felt Plant” than a dozen roses.