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"GREEN IN GREEN", Green Roofs and Vertical Gardens, Luís De Garrido

 


This book aims to show the possibilities of vegetation as an additional compositional element in sustainable architecture, making a comprehensive analysis of all types of roof gardens and vertical gardens.

 

 

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Editorial MONSA
ISBN. 978-84-15223-41-2
96 pages. More than 150 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 9’60 euros


As the basic objective of a truly sustainable architecture is its integration with nature, at first, one might think that the use of vegetation in architectural composition would help improve integration.

However, improper use of vegetation can be counterproductive, and instead of being an ally, it can become a mere opportunistic and very expensive ornament, and could pose a major environmental problem. In fact, most existing vertical gardens (and all green cover-cisterns) have a significant negative environmental impact and are counterproductive, from a sustainable point of view, due to their enormous consumption of water resources and maintenance; not to mention their high and unfounded price.

Roof Garden. Bad solution

Therefore, to promote the proper use of vegetation, the book begins by showing the general methodology to be followed to achieve truly sustainable architecture; including the indicators to be used, and the specific actions to be undertaken.

Roof Garden. Good solution

One of the conclusions from this study is that most of the actions to be undertaken to achieve truly sustainable architecture are not visually perceptible, since they are fundamentally correct architectural decisions (correct urban planning typology choice, correct orientation, proper arrangement of windows, correct design of the architectural enclosures, correct choice of materials, ...). However, there are some actions that have a strong visual impact, such as the use of vegetation.

Roof Garden high thermal inertia

The use of vegetation in architecture is directly perceived, and the average citizen sees it as a nice "green" or "sustainable" action. This explains why their use has increased substantially, however to the detriment of other sustainable actions more effective, but less visible.

Hydroponic Vertical Garden

Either way, it is true that vegetation, properly used, can be an advantage in the environmental performance of architecture (reduction of energy consumption, release of oxygen to the environment, improved quality of life, ...) and it can have a multiplying effect in regard to their integration with nature. In contrast, vegetation when used incorrectly, can have a significant and negative environmental impact.

Vertical garden  light substrate detachable

Thus, the book discusses how best to integrate vegetation into sustainable architecture, and carefully looks at two of the most effective and attractive options: green roofs and vertical gardens.

The study begins by establishing technical and environmental requirements to be met by architectural enclosures, in order to ensure maximum energy efficiency, and wellbeing of occupants. Based on these requirements, the different types of green roof and vertical gardens are analyzed, with the utmost rigor and depth, therefore providing a large number of thermal and inertial schemes, and all kinds of construction details.

Vert Moulin Rouge

On the other hand, the book includes several lists with a variety of plant species suitable for use in both green roofs, as well as vertical gardens. Finally, the study includes a visionary proposal of Luis De Garrido, the "Green Curtain Wall", a new architectural concept that opens doors to creativity, innovation and integration of architecture with nature.

The book is completed with the analysis of several projects carried out by Luis De Garrido, that shows different possibilities for the integration of green roofs and vertical gardens in a truly sustainable architecture.

Casas del Río

CASAS DEL RIO Eco-Restaurant

Valencia. Spain. 2003
A restaurant self-sufficient in water, energy and food, integrated into its environment through a large undulating green roof, as an extension of the ground.


Casas del Río

Casas del Río

Casas del Río

VITROHOUSE

Barcelona. Spain. 2005
The only house made ??entirely of glass, that includes green roofs and vertical gardens built on a structure made ??entirely of glass.


Vitrohouse

Vitrohouse

Vitrohouse

Vitrohouse

GREEN BOX

Barcelona. Spain. 2009
One of the best references in sustainable architecture worldwide. The house has an impressive double vertical garden on both sides, and a sloping green roof, that seamlessly integrates the house with its surroundings, as a continuation of the soil.


Green Box

Green Box

Green Box

ECOPOLIS-Valencia

Valencia. Spain. 2010
A city self-sufficient in water, energy and food, whose buildings blend in perfectly with its surroundings, through sloping green roofs.


Ecopolis Valencia

Ecopolis Valencia

Ecopolis Valencia

Ecopolis Valencia

BEARDON Eco-House

Madrid. Spain. 2011
An impressive home carved out of vegetation, composed exclusively of vertical gardens, sloping roof gardens, green roofs and inverted green roofs.


Beardon Eco House

Beardon Eco House

Beardon Eco House

Beardon Eco House

Beardon Eco House

GREEN2HOUSE

Shoeburyness. Essex. UK. 2011
A book-shaped house in which all the walls and roofs are gardens.


The book has a strong educational and training purpose, but at the same time it is a professional and effective tool for all architects and builders, that wish to use vegetation properly as an additional element in sustainable architecture.

Green2House

Green2House

Green2House

Green2House

Without a doubt, “GREEN IN GREEN” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexities of the sustainable architectural design process, and accepts the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in Nature.

Editorial MONSA
ISBN. 978-84-15223-41-2
96 pages. More than 150 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 9’60 euros



 

23/12/2011



 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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