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Life on roofs – recreation, sports and fun

Life on roofs – recreation, sports and fun – This is the main theme of the current issue of Green Roof News 1 – 2014 and we’ll be showcasing the manifold usage possibilities with examples from Singapore, Istanbul, Berlin and Copenhagen. Ski slopes, golf courses, swimming pools or playgrounds on roofs – all of these examples follow the tradition of the Swiss-French architectural theorist Le Corbusier by making roof gardens preferred gathering places on buildings.

If we change the colour from green to white: There have been many discussions about white roofs to respond to the challenges of climate change and the urban heat island effect. Let us take a look on a scientific study and the results to be prepared for further debates. For the first time you will find a research review of the year 2013 with selected articles from the international pool of publications.

Apart from that, we will put a spotlight on the causes for the Riga supermarket roof collapse. And we will present Green Roof projects from different countries and feature some interesting green building events.

The newsletter is available at:http://www.igra-world.com/links_and_downloads/images_dynamic/IGRA_Green__Roof__News_1_2014.pdf

 

Škofja Loka – green city from 1274

My Botanical Garden

Green cities, sustainable cities, eco  friendly initiatives, community gardens , all new approaches trying to bring more nature into the cities. And to connect citizens with the nature again.But are all these approaches really something we’ve invented just recently ? I claim we all have inherited the necessity, or call it a primal need, to be in close contact with nature around us. If we are cut away from the natural environment we crave so desperately for , we reinvent it.   It was in 1274 that Škofja Loka was mentioned to have town rights. Today Town square buildings show Gothic , baroque and renaissance past . Yet they all have something in common: NATURE, among figurative elements flowers and plants are predominant! A green city approach form centuries ago!

 

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Medellin’s Amazing Transformation

THE DIRT

parque_luces_new Parque de la luces / Medellin culture department

This year, Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, is the host of the UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum, which attracts more than 15,000 urban leaders from around the world. This is a huge accomplishment for a city that had the highest number of homicides in the world just a decade ago. Now, Anibal Gaviria Correa, the Mayor of Medellin says, the city is not even in the top 50 ranking of dangerous cities. How did Medellin turn it around to win the title of the world’s most innovative city? The answer is complex — and the city continues to face many challenges — but the mayor said its amazing progress is really due to “social, not technological, innovation.”

Medellin (which is pronounced Medejin) is the largest city in the Antioquia province. Medellin, which is nestled in a valley some 5,000 feet…

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