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Book Review : Small Green Roofs - The Metropolitan Field Guide

Book Review : Small Green Roofs - The Metropolitan Field Guide | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it

 Full of information about small green roofs, their construction and biodiversity and plants, over half is devoted to 40 case studies. The book is full of inspiring and beautiful images of a wide variety of green roofs on all manner of buildings and structures. Written for homeowners, architects, landscape architects or ecologists, it’s a valuable resource on a practical level that serves as an excellent companion to the many other green roof books on the market, while at the same time offering a completely unique approach to the way green roofs have been previously written about.

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Green roofs, green walls, urban biodiversity and green infrastructures // Végétalisation, toits végétalisés, Dachbegrünung
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Zertifikatslehrgang Natur im Siedlungsraum

Neue Weiterbildung #CAS Natur im Siedlungsraum : Wertvolle Lebensräume, attraktive biodiverse Stadtlandschaften kreieren !

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Dieses Öko-Hotel verbessert die Luft und raubt dir den Atem

Dieses Öko-Hotel verbessert die Luft und raubt dir den Atem | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Im Reich der Mitte entsteht ein Paradies. Mit einer atemberaubend schönen Form und einer farbenprächtigen Bepflanzung soll das "Vertical Forest Mountain Hotel" im Südwesten Chinas nicht nur zur Augenweide werden, sondern auch für gute Luft sorgen.
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Réinventer Paris: A Competition to Write History with Nature in Paris | The Nature of Cities

Réinventer Paris: A Competition to Write History with Nature in Paris | The Nature of Cities | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
“Réinventer Paris”, or “Reinventing Paris”, the architectural program initiated by Anne Hildago (the Socialist mayor of the French capital) in autumn 2014 does not lack ambition.
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French solar green roof law kicked out by French Senate

French solar green roof law kicked out by French Senate | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
A ‘right wing’ senate waved the law into the long grass, citing that the proposal would have a ‘negative impact on the economic vitality and employment within our territories.’ Many of us within the European green roof community had hoped that with Paris COP21 , the Senate would have realised the boldness of the statement proposed within the biodiversity law.
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The How-to's of Rooftop Farming in "The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm"

The How-to's of Rooftop Farming in "The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm" | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Urban agriculture is very hot right now and rooftop farming even hotter, not to mention extremely important. Annie Novak, the co-founder and head farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, the nation’s first commercial greenroof row farm (2009) in Brooklyn, says “If you’d like to grow your own food but don’t think you have the space, look up!”
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Exploring The World Of Green Roofs And Underground Homes

Exploring The World Of Green Roofs And Underground Homes | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
The strategies architects use to make buildings better interact with its natural surroundings, especially in remote locations surrounded by nature, are diverse and complex. There are two common approaches we can’t get enough of. One is to have the structure buried into the site in which case it would become a sort of underground home. The other is to give the house a green roof.
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Exploring the Hidden Rooftop Gardens Right Above Our Heads

Exploring the Hidden Rooftop Gardens Right Above Our Heads | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Brad Temkin has a niche line of work. For the past seven or so years, he’s been photographing green roofs.
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Green Roofs in Geneva : Potential Refuge for plants and bryophytes ? Biotope City

Green Roofs in Geneva : Potential Refuge for plants and bryophytes ? Biotope City | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
A two-year survey for a picture of the situation
This study was part of a larger two-year project for monitoring green roof ecosystem services in Geneva. The survey of vascular plant and bryophyte communities was realized on 30 green roofs, belonging to « extensive » and « intensive » classes. All established species were inventoried and their relative abundance were recorded on each roof.
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Rare 'Painted Bunting' Bird Seen Chilling in Brooklyn

Rare 'Painted Bunting' Bird Seen Chilling in Brooklyn | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
The bird’s favorite spot in the park seems to be the green roof of the LeFrak Center, if we are to believe the minute-to-minute updates on the Prospect Park Bird Sightings Blog.
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"Grün ist das neue Glas" - Wiener Zeitung Online

"Grün ist das neue Glas" - Wiener Zeitung Online | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Wien. "Die drei wichtigsten Themen sind Wohnen, Wohnen und Wohnen", sagt Juliet Lidgren. Sie ist Städteplanerin im südschwedischen Malmö und sprach im Rathaus...
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Resilient Cities - no better solution than green

Resilient Cities - no better solution than green | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
There is no better solution for cities to adapt to climate change than green infrastructure. This is especially true for cities like Budapest.
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Rail Corridor Singapore

Rail Corridor Singapore | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
An Eco-friendly Rail Corridor that is sensitively designed and functions as a green spine and encyclopaedia of nature of Singapore.
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World’s second vertical forest tower will rise in Switzerland

World’s second vertical forest tower will rise in Switzerland | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
A lush new forest will soon take root in Lausanne, Switzerland—but it won’t be growing in the direction you’d expect. Stefano Boeri Architetti just won a competition to create the world’s second “vertical forest” in the city’s Chavannes-Près-Renens. The stunning residential tower will be covered with hundreds of trees and shrubs that will filter air pollution, produce oxygen, protect against the urban island island effect, and even promote biodiversity.
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Orchids on a Carport green roof - Small Scale Green Roof Guide

Orchids on a Carport green roof - Small Scale Green Roof Guide | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Orchids on green roofs are not as rare as you might think. This green roof Carport in Herefordshire is a case in point. Spotted Orchids have appeared on the roof.  It has also been a hit with the local invertebrates. Just proves  that with a little thought a small green roof can transform a building into a small biodiversity hotspot.
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Paris Neu erfinden

Paris Neu erfinden | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
“Réinventer Paris” oder “Paris Neu erfinden” ist der sehr ergeizige Aufruf zu einem Architekturprogramm das von Anne Hildago (sozialistische Bürgermeisterin der französischen Hauptstadt) im Herbst 2014 iniziert wurde.
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France’s Eco-Roof Law – Too Green to be True?

France’s Eco-Roof Law – Too Green to be True? | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
In early 2015, the online community was enamoured by a new law that supposedly mandated commercial development projects in France to be partially covered by plants or solar panels.
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Giant green roof to top MVRDV’s redesign of Lyon’s iconic Part-Dieu mall

Giant green roof to top MVRDV’s redesign of Lyon’s iconic Part-Dieu mall | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
MVRDV has unveiled designs to revamp Lyon’s iconic Part-Dieu shopping center with an avant-garde facade that appears to “evaporate” in select areas. The major redesign will expand the existing building footprint and house a mixture of commercial, leisure, as well as newly created public space. In addition to strengthened connections with the public realm, the renovated mall will be topped with a vast publicly accessible green roof directly accessible from the street
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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Natur im Siedlungsraum

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Green roof bin and bike stores - Small Scale Green Roof Guide

Green roof bin and bike stores - Small Scale Green Roof Guide | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Green roof bin and bike stores can brighten up a social housing estates.That is small scale green infrastructure in action for biodiversity and residents..
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Groovy green-roofed swimming pool in Paris embraces Feng Shui

Groovy green-roofed swimming pool in Paris embraces Feng Shui | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
Large pot plants complement the green roof on the oval-shaped wooden deck that overlooks views of the Eiffel Tower and provides glimpses of the swimming pool below. Curvaceous timber slats clad the exterior walls that “recall the circular movements on the surface of water and make reference to the circulation of energy and flows: the Feng Shui.”
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Green Infrastructure Task Force report | Publications | London City Hall

Green Infrastructure Task Force report | Publications | London City Hall | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
A Green Infrastructure Task Force was established following the publication of the London Infrastructure Plan 2050, which sets out the infrastructure needs for London over the coming decades. The plan acknowledged that green infrastructure must be considered as an integral part of the city’s vital systems; as essential as the city’s transport, energy, water, waste and digital infrastructure.
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Didn't make it to Vienna and Urban Greeninfrastructure Conference ? Here is what happened

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Climate : Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Paris Region

This film aims at explaining and illustrating Nature-based solutions for paris Region. Solutions for the preservation, sustainable use and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity, with the dual objective of mitigating climate change and adapting Paris region to its effects. Its contents draw upon the work of several different bodies, including Natureparif itself but also those who participated in the Natureparif / GIS Environment-Society / Seine-Normandie Water Agency symposium held on September 29th-30th 2015. These propositions are Natureparif's contribution for discussion at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21)
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Urban beekeeping 'not reversing declining countryside populations'

Urban beekeeping 'not reversing declining countryside populations' | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
The popularity of urban beekeeping is not helping to make up for declining countryside populations, according to new research. 

The report also found that city-dwelling honey bees are three times less likely to survive than their feral cousins. This raises significant questions about the longer-term outlook for bees as intense urbanisation reduces habitat around the world and urban beekeeping helps to plug the gap.
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Ryerson University's rooftop farm celebrates bumper harvest | Toronto Star

Ryerson University's rooftop farm celebrates bumper harvest | Toronto Star | Greenroofs & Urban biodiversity | Scoop.it
More than 8,000 pounds of produce grown on the engineering building’s roof to promote urban agriculture.
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