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The following is a list of all entries from the rooftop gardens category.

Decentralization Design

We need to get down to get up.

Permaculture on a larger scale, smaller scale. We have big problems. Only by letting them go, can we dream of repairing our psyche, regenerating ourselves and our lives. Reduce consumption. Human have needed to so, maybe it is time that we have enough now to give back. It might not look like it, but having a garage full of ‘useless things”, piles of ‘junk” can still be seen as surplus and we can give all of these abundances away, not to the dump, but to reuse centers, and repair centers, through trade and barter. We can use online free sites to offer our unwanted goods, or excess building material to others nearby who might need it through sites such as freecycle. We can take advantage of local reuse centers such as those run by habitat for humanity, and get stagnant resources back into circulation. The world is abundant, if only we did not want so much.

A new flower is unfolding, and it is hiding everywhere. This week we are presenting about the Principle of Cooperation where cooperation not competition is the very basis of existing life systems and of future survival.

What does that look like?

Personal independence depends on co-operative human society….
only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions.
~Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the
basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing
appropriate technology and community development. It offers a practical,
creative approach to the problems of diminishing resources and threatened
life support systems now facing the world.
~Simon Henderson

The alternative is a design science revolution…
Design science produces so much performance
per unit of resource invested as to take care of all
human needs.
~Buckminster Fuller

flower

The Permaculture Flower, designed by David Holmgren, reprinted from “Permaculture: Pathways and Principles” by David Holmgren.


Zerofootprint

Zerofootprint

the Natural Builders

Plyboo

Sustainable Home

Organic Architect

Homez

Shelter Publications, Inc.


What else is there besides a Strip mall?

Is anything else possible?
Do we have to live and work within ugly architecture? Let’s not

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller

It is possible to build in such a way that the sun comes in a lot during the winter and not during the summer. It is called Passive Solar Building and what you need is to face your building toward the south. The way Soleri does it is he builds an apse which is a quarter sphere. The lower winter sun shines right in and the high summer sun stays out, the shade a cool place to be.

There are many techniques:
Green Building

Makes a great home or office:
Earthships
Earthships is an amazing place to visit and do an apprenticeship, internship or get a job. There is a small community of people building. They do some prefab, so construction at the site is faster.
These places use and reuse all of their water. It is categorized into gray water and black water. They grow a garden inside and outside the house, and make cisterns re-using bottles.

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic,
objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.
R. Buckminster Fuller


Australia’s Green Plans

What a beautiful building. Talk about green design.
Sustainable Development

Australia is going green: Sydney 2030


Green Design in the World and in the Future

Ken Yeang is a new visionary on the forefront:

Ken Yeang

Wow. What a difference. Is it earth day or is green design really starting take take a hold?
The time is now.

China is addressing the subject and building green.

The roof has solar panels and rainwater collection tanks. But it’s a serene spot, with seating areas in a garden of grass, trees and shrubs — grown on a shallow bed of volcanic ash that is lighter and less water-dependent than traditional soil.

“When this building went up, the neighborhood lost green space. So we’re returning that bit of green with this roof garden. Moreover, the garden helps insulate the building,” Yang says.

Yang is proud that the entire structure cost less than the average government building in Beijing.

NPR:China’s Challenges

Architecture Lab
A Lab’s Sustainable Design


Dockside Green

Model Community?
This one is pushing the envelope. This ‘Green Building’ uses biomass for fuel, and reclaims wasterwater on site. The website offers a lot: about the design. This is an Arcology, folks, in Victoria. Arcology, a termed coined by Italian architect Paolo Soleri, fuses the words Architecture and Ecology. The concepts of Arcolgy are: simplification, complexification, duration, miniturization, high-density, and multi-use buildings. Basically, everything you need in a walkable distance, within a closed system (or as closed as you can get these days). What helps to close this system, is the use of what is often called Permaculture: permanent agriculture, being used here in the form of biomass, wastewater reclaimation, wind and solar. Permaculture takes as much of the energy offered by the environment (sun, wind, water, methane), and seeks to keep that energy on site, creating a richer, and richer environment.
In Dockside Green, there is residential and office space, shops, a fitness center, artist live-work space, and a (kayak) dock. This is high end, as it is conveniently placed in an urban center, where land is expensive. For a much more affordable option, consider Arcosanti, Paolo’s Urban Laboratory, a city of 6,000 in the making.
One question remains: does Dockside offer rooftop access as Arcosanti does? There, every rooftop is accessible as a garden, a unique place above the city, or a way to get from one part of the city to another. If every rooftop were green. . . imagine the world.

docksidegreen.com


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