Living Architecture: Green Roofs and Walls

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Csiro Publishing, 2011 - Architecture - 288 pages
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* Provides design inspiration and practical advice on using green roofs and living walls.

Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings, Living Architecture highlights the most exciting green roof and living wall projects in Australia and New Zealand within an international context.

Cities around the world are becoming denser, with greater built form resulting in more hard surfaces and less green space, leaving little room for vegetation or habitat. One way of creating more natural environments within cities is to incorporate green roofs and walls in new buildings or to retrofit them in existing structures. This practice has long been established in Europe and elsewhere, and now Australia and New Zealand have begun to embrace it.

The installation of green roofs and walls has many benefits, including the management of stormwater and improved water quality by retaining and filtering rainwater through the plants' soil and root uptake zone; reducing the urban heat island effect in cities; increasing real estate values around green roofs and reducing energy consumption within the interior space by shading, insulation and reducing noise level from outside; and providing biodiversity opportunities via a vertical link between the roof and the ground.

This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from students and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and ecology, through to members of the community interested in how they can more effectively use the rooftops and walls of their homes or workplaces to increase green open space in the urban environment.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
31
Chapter 3
49
Chapter 4
83
Chapter 5
137
Chapter 6
167
Chapter 7
189
Chapter 8
205
Chapter 9
231
Chapter 10
249
Chapter 11
261
Bibliography
279
Index
287
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About the author (2011)

Graeme Hopkins is a registered architect and registered landscape architect. With over 30 years of diverse professional experience through Fifth Creek Studio, he focuses on living architecture, green roofs and living walls.

Christine Goodwin is an artist with a research master's degree in architecture. With over 30 years of diverse professional experience through Fifth Creek Studio, she focuses on living architecture, green roofs and living walls.

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