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

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…)