Thursday, February 19, 2009

Veg.itecture: VIA Reality Check

A load of Veg.itecture in Action (VIA) from the bustling coffers of the web. For starters, there's been some talk about some of the incentives, economics, applicability, holiness, and just plain ridiculousness of green roofs. There is the new bill running through congress offering some green roof stimulation as well (thanks Ms. Cantwell). And there's always the questioning - such as appropriate regionalism, smoke and mirrors, and potential barriers keeping us from more expansive adoption. And finally, there's the top 10 trends for green roofs... giving us all something to look forward to...

And looking backwards, there is still a good number of these crazy things that seem to get built, even with said hemming and hawing. Here's some choice ones, some mundane ones, and some duds.

Arreletes Day Care Centre / Xavier Vilalta Studio

:: image via Arch Daily

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / Saucier + Perrotte architectes

:: image via Arch Daily

Standard Hotel (on the High Line) - NYC

:: image via High Line Blog

Earth Sheltered House by Simon Dale

:: image via SpaceInvading

Camouflage House by Hiroshi Iguchi / Fifth World

:: image via SpaceInvading

Green Parking Structure, Miami, by Arquitectonica

:: image via Treehugger

Ternes Metro Parking Structure - Paris, by Edouard Fran├žois

:: image via Urban Greenery

Hof House Studio Granda Architects - Iceland

:: image via Inhabitat

sky forest - Hamamatsucho, Tokyo, Japan

:: image via Urban Greenery

Newton Suites Tower, Singapore, by architects WOHA

:: image via Urban Greenery

So take a break and enjoy our gains - and let's all keep striving for more projects, more success, and more rooftop beauty.

:: Unknown Rooftop Terrace - via USA Home and Garden

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