Rooftop gardens can be so much more than pots of flowers or grass atop a few inches of soil. Today, designers are creating green roofs that focus on critical environmental issue like heat, storm management, and ecosystem development while at the same time offering beautiful, livable, sustainable green landscapes that create space for urban wildlife.
Join us for a lunchtime panel discussion and slideshow of beautiful green roofs from all over the world, with highlights from Switzerland. Panelists address the potential for a San Francisco green roof policy and applications to increase the number and function of green roofs as an urban planning tool.
The discussion is followed by a bus tour of the city’s best green roofs, including California Academy of Sciences, the Drew School, and 620 Jones. The tour is led by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen and Dimitri Meierhofer from Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Science, and Lisa Lee Benjamin from Evo Catalyst in San Francisco. All three are part of a collaborative group called UG Lab. The day closes with a drink at 620 Jones, a rooftop garden bar designed by architect Peter Strzebniok and Colleen Smith, and the book launch of The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs by Lisa Lee Benjamin, Karla Dakin, and Mindy Pantiel.
This event is the first of a series on green and living architecture. It will be followed by a study tour in Switzerland for a select group and culminate in a number of events around the Cities Alive conference October 23-26, 2013. Cities Alive is North America's only conference dedicated specifically to green roofs and walls.
11:30 am doors open, networking, and lunch
12:00 pm panel discussion and audience Q&A
1:30 pm event ends
Green Roof Bus Tour
2:00 pm bus departs from swissnex San Francisco
5:00 pm tour ends at 620 Jones; launch of The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs by Lisa Lee Benjamin, Karla Dakin, and Mindy Pantiel