Submissions/Gardens in Sky

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This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Gardens in Sky
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Currently perusing Bachelor of Technology Degree(Mechanical Branch) in Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
                                                       GARDENS IN THE SKY

Want to explore a new environmental frontier that can be both beautiful and beneficial?

                                                           PLANT A ROOF

Rooftops, especially those on the top of commercial buildings, tend to be three things: hot, ugly and ignored. Yet they account for remarkable space in any urban area. According to an estimate, about 12 per cent of New York City’s total area comprises of rooftops. Those numbers climb as high as 25 per cent in cities like Houston, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Sacramento according to U.S. government surveys. Rooftops are no longer being dismissed routinely. In cities around the world, architects, land scape designers, builders and public officials are finding innovative ways of urban and industrial rooftops from afterthought to valuable living resources. Green roofs are vibrant and exciting alternative to the average black tar or concrete roofs. The idea of roofs and walls with grasses and plants is hardly revolutionary, whether dating back to Hanging Gardens of Babylon or the sod houses of Scandinavian and the American Midwest. Green roofs aren’t simply roof gardens with plotted plants. At a minimum a green roof incorporate a covering of plants in a special growing media, a drainage system, and a waterproofing and a root-resistant membrane. Green roofs are more costly to install than the conventional ones, but they offer a remarkable range of benefits. Among them: improving water quality, decreasing the heat island effect of urban areas, saving energy, reducing both pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and bringing biodiversity to cities through different plant varieties- besides insect and birds they attract. The green roof-industry has tremendous potential in India…to cool the building, to save electricity and boost economy. This is a new transformative process in our cities that will reconnect us to our sense of place in world and a sense of intimacy with nature.

Length of presentation/talk
more than 300 words
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