Elements of rooftop garden design

Silvio Caputo, Heather Rumble, Pedro Iglesias

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This chapter focuses on the elements that must be considered when designing rooftop gardens and integrating them within buildings. Different types of rooftop gardens and how they can be integrated within existing and new buildings in order to enhance their environmental performance, better connect with their users and contribute to the amelioration of the urban environment are presented together with a description of necessary factors for implementation. These include: techniques and technologies for cultivation (i.e. simple planters, green roofs and hydroponics), necessary structural loadbearing capacity of the host building and protection from wind. The chapter also gives an overview of existing innovative and experimental projects of rooftop gardens, ranging from those that require little to high investment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRooftop Urban Agriculture
EditorsOrsini Francesco, Dubbeling Marielle, H. de Zeeuw, Gianquinto Giorgio
ISBN (Electronic)978-3319577203
ISBN (Print)978-3319577197
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameUrban Agriculture
PublisherSpringer International Publishing


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    Bretzel, F., Vannucchi, F., Benvenuti, S. & Rumble, H., 27 Dec 2017, Rooftop Urban Agriculture. Orsini, F., Dubbeling, M., de Zeeuw, H. & Gianquinto, G. (eds.). Springer, p. 235-252 18 p. (Urban Agriculture).

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