Architecture

How green is your roof?

Posted by: Tedconfjune

Ford_greenroofWilliam McDonough (TED04, 05) regularly drops jaws with imagery from the world’s largest “living roof,” which he designed for the Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, MI. Green roofs also feature strongly in the cities he’s designing for China. Their benefits are obvious: They improve air quality, restore migratory patterns for birds, and look a lot better than black tar. So when will your roof go green? WorldChanging this week assesses the state of the art in eco-roof technology, explaining the barriers to entry (cost, bureaucratic red tape) and pointing out the visionaries (including the city of Chicago, which offers $5K grants for green roof projects). Stay tuned for: Majora Carter at TED2006. She’s bringing green roofs and more to the South Bronx.

Comments (1)

  • Mary Ho commented on Mar 23 2008

    Bill McDonald executes with eloquent mastery and candor his knowledge and spirit of the ancient Chinese concept of Fengshui or Geomancy for our modern civilization and global sustainability. Awesome! ;* In terms of a city or village concept, McDonald is underway developing green technology dwelling areas in China as we speak. The semantics are new, however the concept of Fengshui stems from its origin in Chinese culture, emulating coexistence be in harmony and balance with nature and all living entities. And that is the concept of what we define now as global sustainability or longevity as the Chinese have known for ions.