living roofs

Book to Read: "Up on the Roof: New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces"

July 18, 2012
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For his book, Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces (Princeton Architectural Press), photographer Alex MacLean went up so that he could look down. From the vantage of a helicopter, MacLean documented the city, shooting iconic water towers, architectural details, green roofs, and elaborate multiuse spaces. The resulting images give a new perspective on life in New York and point to the city’s potential. As Robert Campbell writes in the book’s introduction: “Rooftops will be the lungs of the denser city of the future.” MacLean tells us more about what his book reveals.

Living Roof on a Bus

March 21, 2011
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Marco Castro Cosio, a graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, designed this green roof for a bus as part of his thesis project named "Bus Roots." Coslo wanted to "
Reclaim forgotten space, increase quality of life and grow the amount of green spaces in the city," which would not only add aesthetic values to the city but also help reduce carbon dioxide.