Posts Tagged ‘Hanging Gardens’

Green Roofs

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Basics of a resurgent building technology

Living Biological Machine

The green roof of Electronic Arts, Phase II. Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, Vancouver.
by Bruce Hemstock
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The use of green roofs for aesthetic and recreational purposes can be traced back to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon which were built in the 7th century BC as a diversion for the aristocracy. Later, more practical applications emerged in Scandinavia and North America where sod roofs, laid on a waterproof layer of bark, were used to insulate indigenous dwellings against the extreme cold. (more…)