Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011 - (Page 3)

STRATA “JUST LIKE ANY GARDEN, MAINTAINING A GREEN WALL TAKES COMMITMENT. IT SHOULDN’T BE CONSIDERED AS A BUILDING MATERIAL BUT MORE LIKE A PET.” SEEN & HEARD – Minsuk Cho, AIA, principal of Seoul, Korea-based Mass Studies in a Dec. 4, 2010 Time magazine article about green walls PICNIC PERFECT GREEN ROOF ON BELLEVUE YOUTH THEATRE COMPLETE BY SPRING 2012 BOOKSHELF GREEN ROOF SIGHT-SEEING INSIGHTFUL POCKET GUIDE TO THE BIG APPLE’S GARDENS INCLUDES FABULOUS EXAMPLES OF LIVING ARCHITECTURE D escribed as an “environmental sculpture,” the new USD $6.2 million Bellevue Youth Theatre will be nestled into the 34-acre Crossroads International Park in Bellevue, Washington. The 13,000-square-footsquare-foot green roof, designed by Rana Creek Habitat in California, will be inserted into the existing sloped hillside and blend seamlessly into the surrounding park lawn. The lawn area on the roof will provide an occupiable space over the theatre as well as sound attenuation, stormwater management and visual continuity of the park – not to mention a perfect pitch for walks and picnics. The green roof includes a concrete substrate, waterproofing membrane by American Hydrotech and a Gardnet soil containment system. It also has an irrigation system and perimeter drainage systems. “We are using materials for construction and furnishings that will avoid those on the Red Materials List from the Living Building Challenge guidelines which contain toxic and harmful chemicals,” says Bob Becker, AIA, of Bellevue, Washington-based Becker Architects. “This approach along with the green roof system and geothermal heating should help us achieve a healthy building project.” * A BELLEVUE YOUTH THEATRE green roof professional’s trip to NYC would not be complete without a visit to the food-producing Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn (see “Farming for the City,” story in Fall 2010 issue of the Living Architecture Monitor. ) The newly revised edition of the Garden Guide: New York City by Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010) also features several visit-worthy “roof gardens” including: the 10,000-square-foot Bronx County Courthouse green roof; The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, a 10,000-square-foot roof garden atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art (it features a sculpture exhibit that changes each year); The Lotus Garden on an Upper West Side condominium (a 7,000-square-foot community garden that started its life on the ground, before a developer built on the site, sending it skyward); and the 16,000-square-foot green roof atop the Visitor & Administration Building at Queen’s Botanical Garden. The guide is full of information (admission, hours of operation and how to get there by bus/train/subway etc.), along with interesting anecdotes (it took a year-and-a-half to get planning permission to build the Bronx County Courthouse plus the structural engineer found 28 leaks when they examined the existing roofing membrane prior to installing the green roof). The authors, longtime volunteers at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden, also include lots of detail about plants and best times to visit. * WINTER 2011 3 Image courtesy of Becker Architects LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011
The Living Architecture & Health Connection
Picnic Perfect
Green Roof Sight-Seeing
A Sacred Space
On the Roof With… Judith H. Heerwagen
A Spiritual Oasis
Therapeutic Landscapes
Active Living Walls
Lifetime Achievement Award: A Legend Remembered
Civic Award: Kelly Luckett
Research Award: Jeremy Lundholm
Fieldnotes From Greenbuild 2010
Toward Net-Zero Water Use
Learn Online
New Corporate Members
Welcome New GRPs
Cents and Sustainability

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2011