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Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago

Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago | Architecture and Architectural Jobs |
A Chicago roof garden is lush and private, thanks to hardy plants, shoji screens, and well-camouflaged mechanicals.

Roof gardens can cool dense cities, making them more livable. This one, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, sits atop a five-story building and is reached by way of a spiral staircase on the penthouse balcony. Not only does the garden connect the owner to nature and a skyline view, it also thrives in a city famous for its strong winds and extreme seasonal temperatures.

The expansive terrace, designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, is a Midwest prairie in microcosm. Two steel and mesh pergolas—a smaller one leading into the garden from the rooftop’s service entrance, and a larger one sheltering the seating area—are connected by slate pathways that wind past ipe planter boxes and a meadow of perennials and ornamental grasses. Structural concerns and exposure to the elements, of course, make rooftop transformations tricky.

Via Lauren Moss
A. Perry Homes's curator insight, April 1, 2014 12:50 AM

Beautiful! Green topped-buildings. 

Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:24 AM

Lincoln Park rooftop garden and deck. This design is like a slice of prairie on their roof and was very successful. The only element missing would be the edible portion for on site produce. Nice job. 

Rescooped by Paul Chappell from green streets!

Why Cycle Cities Are the Future

Why Cycle Cities Are the Future | Architecture and Architectural Jobs |

The 2010 launch of the “Boris Bike” – London’s cycle hire scheme, was the clearest indication to date that cycling was no longer just for a minority, but a healthy, efficient and sustainable mode of transport that city planners wanted in their armoury.

There are now more than 8,000 Boris Bikes and 550+ docking stations in Central London. And the trend’s not anomalous to London: Wikipedia reports that there are 535 cycle-share schemes in 49 countries, employing more than half a million bikes worldwide.

However, the real question is: will cycling actually change the city?

Via Lauren Moss
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