Sunday, May 31, 2009

Check your email

Hi Ladies,
I just sent out the draft statement of purpose.  Take a look and let me know what you think.  
Many thanks,

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Inspiration photo's

Public area to view, meet friends or neighbors, or just a destination for a walk or run.Rooftop oasis. Tranquility in the city.

To be able to sit on the edge of a fountain to relax or rest. The first photo was a formal garden, the second a rooftop across from us in Rome, and lastly a lone fountain at the entrance to a museum. All three places are where people might want to linger for awhile if there were seats.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Please Post 2-3 favorite pictures from Italy

When discussing how our project will be displayed in the gallery when we are finished, we decided that we would like to use our images from Italy to show the beautiful spaces that are inspiring our project.

If you could post 2-3 of your favorite images from the trip with a couple comments.
I am going to start putting these together for our final presentation.

The sooner the better, by Monday evening preferable.

Thanks all! Have a fabulous weekend!!


Statement of Purpose

Creating public spaces that demonstrate and enhance sustainable practices through education, application, and accessibility, while evoking a sense of community.

*This is what we have come up with during our Friday May 29th meeting.

Good Morning Everyone!

I came across this blog, from what I have seen, seems to be discussing similar topics as we are.

See everyone in class!!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ciao Bellas!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I'm getting jazzed about our project. I'm including a few links to check out.

City of Chicago Green Roof Initiatives

Green Roof Providers

Winter Green Roofs

More later,

Richard Daley

Here are some great feeds to read on Green Roofs and the proposals that are going on right now.

Green Roofs: From Concrete Jungle to Urban Oasis with Mayor Richard Daley

Also check out

Urban Green US Green Building Council Chapter

First attempt

So I've never blogged before and I just wanted to say hi everyone and see if this works.

Thanks Sarah so much for setting this up! Its amazing.

Also Mary I think that is a great idea for researching the plants.

I am feeling myself drawn to the idea of fountains/ that could maybe work also as a heating device?
Any ideas?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I would like to also work on some research for the plants. I'll stop at the Botanical Gardens this week and check it out. Mary

Monday, May 25, 2009


Two-thirds of the photos are loaded from trip.  Just copy and paste into your browser.  Enjoy!!

I will set-up a link with all of the Rome photos. Here is just a sample.

Valuable reference materials!

I was at the library starting the project and I found books that I thought would give valuable information to all of us as a starting point:

1.  Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls by Nigel Dunnett and Noel Kingsbury
2.  Green Roof Plants by Snodgrass and Snodgrass
3.  Roof Gardens, Balconies and Terraces by David Stevens
4.  Vertical Gardens by Jacques Leenhardt
5.  Balcony and Roof Gardens by Jenny Hendy
6.  Architecture and the Garden by James Van Sweden

I know there is more information on-line but these books are fascinating with great photos.  I will contact buildings with rooftop gardens in Chicago and make arrangements for us to tour the gardens on June 5th.  This is my first blog, let me know if I need to do anything differently going forward.  

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank you Sarah

That was very quick work!

Anne Marie is in front of you Sarah.