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How Green Roofs can Improve our Cities

How Green Roofs can Improve our Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

We all love a room with a view, but when it comes to planning for the future of a building we tend to forget about the world beyond its walls. We home in on the structure itself – its foundations and floors, cavities and cracks – isolating it from its natural surroundings. But the performance of a building depends very much on conditions outside.

The smartest designs are an active part of local ecosystems: they harness heat from the sun, facilitate the flow of fresh air, or take advantage of trees and hillsides for shelter. And they give back, too: habitats for wildlife, drainage for stormwater, greenery to keep a dense city block cool.

The value that local ecosystems offer urban areas is just beginning to be recognised. A recent study in New York City found its trees to be worth $122 million thanks to their part in reducing pollution, improving aesthetics, and keeping inner city temperatures comfortable...

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Paris to Plant 80,000 Square Yards of Green Roofs by 2020

Paris to Plant 80,000 Square Yards of Green Roofs by 2020 | green streets | Scoop.it
Paris' recently ratified Biodiversity Plan includes a call to triple the number of rooftop gardens and green roofs in the next decade.

 

In mid-November, the Paris city council adopted a new Plan de Biodiversité. Among calls for an extension of the electric tramway system and improved management of the two forests that border the city, the plan includes a pledge to create seven more hectares (about 83,000 square yards) of green roofs and rooftop gardens throughout Paris...

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