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In Tokyo, where the "urban heat island" phenomenon has raised local temperatures by several degrees, city officials are mandating green roofs like this one to make buildings more efficient and bring temperatures down. Heat islands are caused when cities have so much asphalt and cement that they absorb and trap heat. Environmental planners hope that green rooftops will cool the city off. via National Geographic
A small, single-story addition to the row house adds a playroom without eating up too much outdoor space. A green roof also helps makes up for lost garden beds, while creating attractive, leafy views from the second and third floors. In summer, when the sliding doors are left wide open, indoor and outdoor spaces blend together. Photo by: Alexi Hobbs Read more: www.dwell.com/...
Green roofs, such as these in Norway, have been common in Scandinavia for centuries. Read more: www.naturalhomean...