I think I like it, excpet that they're using what lloks like a mown lawn.
IMO, it'd be better aesthetically to use native grasses and leave it
unmown, making it an actual habitat - I don't know whether that is
practical, tho' (possibility of burrowing critters, harder to see
potential/developing problems in the roof, other problems?)
I can't recall - and I lost the link(s) =:-(
I likethe idea, tho', of a reinforced roof serving as a "natural space" -
first off, IIRC, it hlowers heating/cooling costs, and second, it helps
replace, to at least some degree, the ecosystem lost when the area was
first turned over to human pursuits. At the very least, it's one more bit
of air-purification ;)
((I think I was far too young when I first read about, and saw artist's
renditions of, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon...))
Another thing I've long liked is the idea used in arid climates of using
the roof as a summertime bedroom.
In a way, it's raised berm, as if you no longer have to find the right
hillside to earth berm your building - you create your landscape from
No one really knows how they were. Contemporary accounts make them
sound like terraced gardens with pools of water. From at least Roman
times, there have been incredible irrigation systems - perhaps these
existed before - most irrigation systems greening Iraq, Iran and
Afghanistan got destroyed by Mongols and other peoples who wanted a
steppe for their horses.
*That* was Pierre's? Arrgh, well I am hugely embarassed for not
realizing that... Wow, that *does* suck...
I have a vage recollection of the pics. I'm kind of stunned that that's
the one that burned. I thought it used a lot fo concrete and steel - how
the heck does something liek that burn? Doesn't it take, like, aviation
fuel or soemthing to get a fire hot enough to do that?
Similar to your thinking on the grass, I kept thinking - how boring!
Why not some interesting patterned plantings. About a quarter century
ago, I lived in this rather military neighborhood where everyone cut
their grass precisely a certain length so that every lawn looked like a
crew cut. I couldn't invest in pants because I was renting the house,
and with three children didn't have time for too much, so what we did
was allow some of the gerass to grow a bit longer so that we could scupt
designs with a weed whacker. Since the house was on a bit of a hill, we
did arabesques, stripes, and even left circles of wild violets and
dandelions with crew cut defining around them. People used to stop
their cars and complement the idea but four neighbors banded together,
found a county rule where "taste" was defined by the majority of
neighbors and we had to go back to crew cutting. A block away, however,
one of my sons got hired by two neighbors seeking the same concept.
I think the wide expanse of lawn on that building has many many
possibilities - I was also thinking that maybe different spaces could be
used for different ideas like perhaps edging of a walkway with a rock
garden and hardy succulents, some raised beds, some texture created by
different colors of ground cover, perhaps an area with health plants
like herbs and St.John's Wort (which I saw last year doing a good job on
a temperate hillside..)
Surely, there are enough natural plant and spice barriers and BT out
there to control critters and pests?
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