The last part in the series focuses on South Africa’s potential for green roofs. Specialists weigh in on the potential for an emerging green roof industry.
After identifying key lessons from international best practices, Part III of our series looks at two national case studies. Despite the lack of policies and incentives for these innovations in South Africa, the following studies show potential for the introduction of a green roof industry.
The second part of the four part series, “Serious about Green Roofs” provides a series of international case studies from cities across the world. Tune in next week to look at green roofs from a local context.
In Part 1 of a 4 part series, Karla Booysen explores “Green Urbanism”,the investment in infrastructure focusing on the greening of developments and how it can create sustainable livelihoods.
Garden Roofs: International Inspirations explored the overarching benefits of garden roofs by touching on some of the most inspirational garden roof projects across the globe. It essentially raised a rather open-ended question surrounding the potential role of garden roofs in creating a more sustainable and liveable Cape Town. Karla Booysen approached Jaco Ferreira from Advanced Green Roofs (AGR), an organisation specialising in the distribution of garden roofs in and around Cape Town, US and Canada, to shed some light on the subject.
Just imagine kicking off your shoes, wriggling your toes between the blades of grass, the fresh smell of flowers and spring air, with the urban noise fading against the sound of chirping birds as you look out over the city skyline. Many would describe this scene as one from an utopian dream when in reality this ideal has already been captured in many large cities across the globe.