Landscape Architecture Program

 

Date of this Version

3-2014

Citation

Sutton, R. 2014 Aesthetics for Green Roofs and Green Walls. Journal of Living Architecture. Issue 2 2014) March

Abstract

Do green roofs and green walls have aesthetic benefits? Most green roof proponents would say so. But what are they and how do they relate to green roof design in terms of species selection, planting arrangement, viewable context, access, maintenance and other factors? Aesthetics according to the Green Roof Design 101 Manual 2nd Ed (GRHC 2006) provides “pleasure- and psycho-physiologically-oriented benefits” but, this narrow understanding suggests that the aesthetic potential of green roofs is limited to what one might experience looking upon any garden. We suggest other ways that need exploring to make aesthetics more relevant and understandable to the practice of wall and roof greening. We suggest other ways that need exploring to make aesthetics more relevant and understandable to the practice of wall and roof greening.