This weekend we went to go see the 5 Borough Administration Building on Randall’s Island, which is a really spectacular place to learn about green roofs. They have over 17,000 SF of different green roof systems that they are experimenting with - they are also great because they post much of their experimentation and learning for public use. Below are some images from our field trip with a group of students we are working with for the Emerging Scholars program in the Architectural Technology department at New York City College of Technology.
Garden of seedums in tin planters, soil at differing depths.
Lightweight Gaia Soil
Zero Floor planting system for seedums - thin, preseeded "blanket" that can be immediately installed
Green wall planter system
Planter system up close
Cistern connected to harness rainwater for use toward watering plants
Many cisterns tied together to provide water for the large spread of green roofs
We recently presented a research talk dealing with a new subject of interest to us: urban agriculture. We prepared a 6 minute pecha kucha style talk that showed inspiration towards developing a new project we are working on. Below is the filming of the talk.