have physiological reactions to natural beauty and diversity, to the shapes and
colors of nature, especially to green, and to the motions and sounds of other
animals," (taken from a quote by Frederick Law Olmstead, Dramstad, et al, 1996).
Greenroofs can help to visually ease the stress created by a lack of greenspace
in urban communities. By intertwining culture and nature, we can actively design to regenerate human
and ecological health (Van der Ryn and Cowan, 1996).
psychological studies have proven that the overall quality of life can be
enhanced by the addition of natural green spaces. Distinct therapeutic links
exist between moods, health, re-cooperation time and nature.
It has been suggested that mental health and emotional stability are positively
influenced by green spaces and with interaction of other elements of
nature. Green spaces reflect the changing seasons and provide a psychological
link with the countryside. Greenroofs
could certainly be part of a comprehensive therapeutic environment, especially
when contrasted to viewing the more common ugly roof spaces from a hospital window.
urban settings creative greenroof plan views offer a welcome respite from dreary
gravel, asphalt & concrete roof canyons.
People living or working in downtown areas would benefit from
many plant colors, movement and the visiting wildlife, which could then contribute
to the overall richness of the city.
Sense of community can be
fostered through shared intensive greenroof gardens. Who could resist the rural allure of a
garden in an urban setting? Amenity space and leisure activity is
possible through community gardening and human interaction with areas for
seating and sharing time in a recreated natural setting. Lost garden areas in the city can be
relocated on an intensive greenroof, and 400 mm, or 15" deep soil is
sufficient to cultivate tomatoes and other vegetables.
Photo Source: ZinCo International
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