My professor, Giovanna DiChiro, has been discussing with a staff member at the Serenity House in Philadelphia about the possibility of collaborating to install a green roof there. Serenity House is a safe space located on Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia that hosts support groups, ministry, and discussions. I will be working with my Professor DiChiro and Serenity House staff to help design a green roof for their building. Through this E5 project, I will be researching green roofs to inform the beginning of this design process. Specifically, I hope to learn about the materials needed for a green roof, potential structural restraints, and vegetation options. I know that the roof’s accessibility and the group’s vision for the space will necessarily define the design, but unfortunately I have not yet had a chance to speak with the Serenity House staff.
Haven House: http://www.archstreetumc.org/serenityhouse
Green Roofs in Chicago: http://greeningthecity.wordpress.com/chicagos-green-renaissance/
The Largest Green Roof in Philadelphia, with list of species: http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org/phlgreen/greenroofvisit.html
A Philadelphia-based Green Roof design company http://www.roofmeadow.com/
Article about Philadelphia’s green roofs http://www.uwishunu.com/2011/04/philadelphia-climbs-to-4-in-annual-ranking-of-top-10-green-roof-cities-in-the-u-s/
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities http://greenroofs.org/
Urban Design Tools for Low Impact Development http://www.lid-stormwater.net/greenroofs_home.htm