Hardcover ISBN: 1584235322
Rooftop Garden is the first comprehensive look at green rooftops around the world and is indispensable for designers, landscape architects, and anybody interested in gardens and leisure spaces. As cities continue to grow, making large expanses of street level real estate less readily available, many creative contemporary designers see rooftop green spaces as a unique solution for urban leisure and rejuvenation. Elevated green roofs eliminate city and traffic noise, provide better air quality, and allow for amazing panoramic views of the city. The large scale projects in Rooftop Garden span the globe and have a variety of functions, from luxury restaurants and hotels to business meeting rooms. Design considerations include the weight of materials, site dimensions, materials, climate, seasonality of foliage, irrigation systems, insulation, day and night lighting conditions, and the colors of the plants from above during every season. Beautifully photographed and immediately engaging, featured spaces include a rooftop swimming pool that appears to drop abruptly off the side of a Singapore skyscraper hotel and the New York Museum of Modern Art's "American style zen roof garden" made out of recycled materials. Fully illustrated with over 500 color photos, vertical scale diagrams, and floor plans.
Green Roofs Gardens
A Case Study
Hardcover ISBN: 1568986858
The benefits of green roofs are many: longer roof lifespan, greater sound insulation, reduced heating and cooling system needs, and a cutback in storm water runoff. Green roofs decrease carbon dioxide and increase oxygen in cities, making them cooler in the process and reversing the so-called 'urban heat island effect.' In short, green roofs are the great green hope of many environmentalists, politicians, and architects interested in more efficient and environmentally aware buildings. From a design standpoint, however, there is less consensus. While some see the roof garden as a visual statement using plants, geometric lines, and sculptural elements, others believe concerns for sustainability should outweigh visual appeal. A green roof that combines aesthetics and mechanics has become the goal of many a landscape architect. To address this quandary, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) commissioned renowned landscape architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in collaboration with the Conservation Design Forum to design a 3,300-square-foot green roof garden for its Washington, D.C. headquarters. In Green Roof Gardens, author Christian Werthmann uses this detailed case study to explain the history, methodology, and design process of green roof garden construction, providing a rich source of inspiration and technical knowledge for anybody interested in this simple solution to many of the environmental challenges we face today.
How to Build Paths, Steps & Footbridges
The Fundamentals of Planning, Designing, and Constructing Creative Walkways in Your Home Landscapes
Paperback ISBN: 1580174876
Making the outdoors more inviting becomes easy in a guide to constructing practical and beautiful elements on any property, with hundreds of instructional drawings of plans and techniques, and advice on every step of the building process, from choosing a site to finalizing a design. Simultaneous.
KCAP Architects and Planners
Paperback ISBN: 3764374926
Unlike other large architectural firms, KCAP specializes in the conception and realization of unusual projects at the shared frontiers of architecture, town planning, and landscape architecture. That interplay is the focus of this book, which illustrates it in striking detail with the help of 35 thematically organized projects.
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0810980487
In Exceptional Treehouses, author and treehouse builder Alain Laurens reveals 30 gorgeous treehouse structures, 25 of which are entirely new creations, all illustrated with Daniel Dufour’s beautiful watercolors as well as photographs by Jacques Delacroix, commissioned specially for this book. As in his first book, Treehouse Living, Laurens demonstrates his commitment to sustainable building and environmentalism with his designs, all executed with ecological ideals in mind. In 2000 Laurens started his company, La Cabane Perchée, to design and build treehouses around Europe. Each house takes into account the local environment, as well as the tree in which the structure stands, and the photographs show details of how the treehouses are constructed without driving nails into any part of the host tree. Exceptional Treehouses is the perfect inspiration for treehouse lovers, eco-friendly architects, and enthusiastic amateurs.
Reinventing the Garden
Chaumont - Global Inspirations from the Loire
Hardcover ISBN: 0500511330
An in-depth study based on a ten-year history of the Chaumont festival, a world celebrated garden and landscape design forum, encompasses more than two hundred photographs, in addition to insights from public reaction, new and upcoming designers, and the work of such notable designers as Lynden Miller, Peter Latz, and Adriaan Geuze.