Friday, March 25, 2011

green initiative- rooftop gardens!

Hi all!

I want to post a short entry about my love for rooftop gardens & green roofs! This post was inspired by the NatGeo photo of the day on my iGoogle homepage & this image (the second, below) that was in the NYT some time last yearL


Last summer, I worked in Chattanooga and we took our campers to visit some green spaces in downtown Chatty. Chattanooga actually has a really strong green initiative; they have the Creative Discovery Museum, which has its own green roof with cactuses (not to mention a beehive!), and I believe it was the movie theater that had been revamped into a "white space", where the ceiling was white (for some eco-purpose, one of which I can't remember), and it had large barrels that collected water that was used for the bathrooms inside of the building itself. One specific green roof that I remember is one that can be viewed from the pedestrian bridge- the Outdoor Chattanooga building [the best image I could find for this was here]. It had cactuses on the top of the roof just like the Creative Discovery Museum, which was used for keeping the building cool and the air quality steady. I hope that these images inspire you as much as they do me!


^images from the creative discovery museum, even the place itself is a feast for the eyes. We actually got to take the kids up there! The plants get really, really heavy so the building had to undergo some problem-solving to find a way to get the roof enough support. I guess this is why most places don't do this- money, for one, and engineering, for two. This place is amazing, by the way! I would go there more often myself but it's a bit awkward if you don't have kids with you:


& some rooftop inspiration:
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See you tomorrow!
-Katie B

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