“Rooftop” by Brad Temkin Available in September and at CitiesAlive in NYC

August 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

Brad Temkin, Chicago-based photographer extraordinaire, has some exciting news to share with us:  A new large-scale book out next month on one of our favorite topics, if not our very favorite, titled Rooftop.


Knowing his beautiful body of work (as in 2012’s wonderful The Rise of Living Architecture Commemorative Edition Book), I am sure Rooftop will be both a collector’s item and a real crowd-pleaser!

“My goal is to give the work exposure to as many people as possible so they can understand what we already know too well…that our grace and ingenuity come through when we work together, and that the world is (can be) a beautiful place.  I believe sustainability and the future of humanity depends on this. ” ~ Brad Temkin

Published by Radius Books, Brad has been working on this photographic project on greenroofs since 2009. Rooftop will feature many high-profile local and international greenroofs as well as lesser-known, but equally fascinating ones as well.

“Rooftop draws poetic attention to a significant new movement which counters the heat-island effect afflicting cities across the globe. The benefit of green roofs reaches beyond reduced carbon footprint and improved storm water control. These grassy spaces embody the conflict of our existence, symbolizing the allure of nature in the face of expanding urban sprawl. Shot in locations ranging from Chicago to Zurich, Temkin’s images do more than merely document rooftop gardens. He situates his organic subjects within the steel, stone and glass angularity of urban structures, inviting viewers to revel in the open patterns and colors of these rooftop landscapes and their unobstructed connection to the sky.

Temkin’s images are interspersed with writings by authors John Rohrbach and Steven Peck, as well as architect Roger Schickedantz. These essays address such things as the aesthetics and intent of the photographs, living architecture, design, sustainability and the concept of bringing nature into an innovative urban context.” ~ Radius Books


Birds (looking east) in Dun Laoghrie Co., Dublin, Ireland; August 2009. ©Brad Temkin.

The hardcover in a clear Lucite slipcase measures 12.5″ x 11.5″ (80.6cm x 74.1cm) with two sections.  The first section is hardbound with 110 pages and 65 color images.  The second part is a 36-page perfect bound booklet insert with text by Rohrbach, Peck, and Schickedantz.  Both are housed in an acrylic shell with a retail price of only $50.00.

Brad is also offering a special edition book, limited to 45 copies, that includes a choice of three images (see here) printed as one 77.4cm x 96.7cm (12″ x 15″) image on 90.3cm x 109.6cm (14″ x 17″) archival inkjet print paper.  This will retail for $850.00 with a pre-publication price of $750.00 until September 20, 2015.


Lurie Children’s Memorial (looking southwest) in Chicago, IL; May 2012. ©Brad Temkin.

Rooftop‘s release will coincide with a traveling exhibition beginning at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida and the exhibition will travel to institutions and galleries over the next few years as well. The Southeast Museum of Photography is also including a dozen or so large prints from each of Brad’s series from Private Places, Relics, and Topographic Tales.

A suite of three Rooftop images are currently up at the exhibit “In The Garden” at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester, New York.  In fact, Brad will be there on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Special Exhibition Galleries to give a “Gallery Talk” on his Rooftop series.  A few other events are scheduled, including a solo show of the work at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Franciscso next month and the Sol Mednick Gallery in Philadelphia this October, as well as book signings at each.


Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s (from above, looking west) in Chicago, IL; July 2013. ©Brad Temkin.

And, as a treat for all of us, Brad will be holding an exclusive book-signing at the upcoming CitiesAlive Conference on Tuesday, October 6, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel.  Don’t miss it!


Brad shares his passion on the subject:

“My interest began because of my long time interest in documenting the human impact on the landscape and biophilic philosophy. ROOFTOP draws poetic attention to the movement of green roofs and how they reflect the conflict of existence, symbolizing the allure of nature in the face of our continued urban sprawl. These elevated landscapes represent the judicious reintroduction of nature, flourishing in a new urban setting. By securely situating the gardens within the steel, stone, and glass rectangularity of urban downtown, I ask viewers to revel in their far more open patterns, colors, and connection to the sky. In this break, I see not merely beauty and dichotomy, but the framework for positive change.” ~ Brad Temkin


Jacob Buckhardt Haus (looking east) in Basel, Switzerland; May 2014. ©Brad Temkin.

Amazon shows a release date of September 29, 2015, but it will be available by early September.  Make sure to get yours today at either Radius Books or Amazon to ensure the pre-order pricing.  Or, better yet, come to CitiesAlive in New York City this October and get a signed copy from Brad – I’m looking forward to mine!

Happy viewing,

~ Linda V.

About Brad Temkin:


Brad Temkin is a Chicago-based photographer and teaches photography at Columbia College. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Akron Art Museum (Ohio), and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) among many others. His images have been featured in Aperture, Black & White Magazine, TIME Magazine, and European Photography.

Contact Brad at +1 847.668.2723 or SKYPE bradtemkin; and visit www.bradtemkin.com.

Last 2015 Grey to Green Conference Early Bird Discount Ends Friday on May 1!

April 29, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Join our colleagues at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) in Toronto on June 1st – 2nd, 2015 to delve into the latest ideas and innovations in urban agriculture at their 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience.


As a Media Partner of the 2015 Grey to Green Conference, Greenroofs.com is pleased to share more info with you from GRHC.  For those of us living in the U.S., as an attendee you will receive a 20% or more discount because of the current exchange rates.

But most importantly for now is for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount which ends this Friday, May 1st:

2015G2G-Discount2Register for Grey to Green by End of Day May 1st and Save

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is hosting its annual regional conference Grey to Green 2015 with a focus on local and regional food systems and resilience. We will be exploring new developments in Urban Agriculture and Green Infrastructure that are taking place across North America and around the world.

What now seems a novelty, may soon become a necessity. Urban and regional food systems are the focus of GRHC’s Grey to Green Conference, taking place June 1st and 2nd in Toronto. With severe droughts in California, and over $2.5 billion in food imports alone into Ontario from that region, there are huge opportunities to grow more food in cities, on buildings and in our region.

Now is the time to get involved and learn about the convergence of agriculture and architecture, how to animate communities into greater self-sufficiency and ensure that regional agriculture lands can continue to feed cities.

Grey to Green 2015 promises to be two days packed with information, ideas, best practices, tools and results that you can easily adapt for your projects.

Space is limited, so register before May 1st to reserve your spot and enjoy a $50 early-bird discount. US attendees can take advantage of the current exchange rate to receive an additional 20% off.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

2015G2G-KeynotesBe INSPIRED by keynote speakers Roger Schickedantz of William McDonough + Partners and Jeff Warschauer of Nexus Greenhouse Corp sharing their ground-breaking AGRITECTURE (the new frontier that integrates agriculture and architecture) projects, and by Eric Corey Freed of International Living Futures Institute explaining how to leverage the challenges of resiliency and expand your business.

EXPLORE the challenges and achievements of rooftop farming with detailed case studies from FoodShare, Ryerson University, AccessPoint Danforth, Brooklyn Grange, and Whole Foods.

PARTICIPATE in panel discussions with Kathy MacPherson of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Lauren Baker of City of Toronto and Debbie Field of FoodShare about urban food systems and regional agricultural policies.

GET DIRTY in hands-on workshops about urban rooftop farming, soil and green walls, facilitated by Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange, Susan Antler of Compost Canada, and Melissa Daniels of Plant Connection.

REGISTER NOW to enjoy the last Early Bird rate.

See the full list of speakers at www.greytogreenconference.org.


Join your colleagues in Toronto this June to explore the economics of urban agriculture and resilience – and don’t miss out on the last Early Bird Discount on May 1!

~ Linda V.

Program Launch for 2015 Grey to Green Conference and Early Bird Discount by March 31

March 13, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Earlier this month, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities launched their program for the 2015 Grey to Green: A Conference Exploring the Economics of Local and Regional Food Systems and Resilience.


Held on June 1-2, 2015 in Toronto, Grey to Green features the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 50 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal many dimensions of architecture, agriculture and our food system.  The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful designs, business models and analytic tools.

“Building our capacity to grow food in cities and the surrounding region, on vacant lands and upon the roofs and walls of buildings is critical to securing our resilience in the decades to come. Learn from the pioneers, the movers and shakers at Grey to Green.” ~ Steven Peck, Founder/President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


Register by March 31st and SAVE $100 (government and for-profit registrants).

The conference is $199 CDN.  Due to the favorable exchange rate (20 – 25% savings), this translates into about $150 US – if you register by March 31st.

William McDonough + Partners has championed food production as a component in a sustainable vision for the planet.  Keynote speaker Roger Schickedantz, Director and Architect at William McDonough + Partners will profile a variety of paradigmatic projects that include rooftop food production at varying scales, ranging from experimental hydroponic greenhouses to a commercially viable 80,000 sq. ft. production facility.

Eric Corey Freed, Vice President, International Living Future Institute will deliver a keynote address in which you will discover how the threat of climate change is already affecting your business. You’ll uncover how to take more of a leadership position by using natural principles to make your facility more resilient and sustainable.

Trade Show & Tours
The trade show brings together exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in products, services and designs.  Tours: Gain exclusive access and information to local projects such as the new Corktown Common, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, Eastdale Collegiate Institute Rooftop Farm, Access Point on Danforth and Ryerson University’s Rooftop and Community Garden projects.  These projects are pushing the boundaries of integrating green infrastructure and design for multiple benefits.

Professional training courses offered as part of the Grey to Green Conference include: Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture; Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design; Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites; Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites III: Water Storage and Cisterns; and a new soil workshop developed by Compost Canada.

This year at Grey to Green learn from speakers such as: Ben Flanner, Head Farmer and President, Brooklyn Grange; Shelley Petrie, Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation; Liat Margolis, Director, GRITLab; Debbie Field, Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto; Lauren Baker, Food Policy Specialist, City of Toronto/ Public Health; Lauren Mandel, Project Manager, Roofmeadow LLC and Owner, EAT UP LLC and more!


See the full list of speakers at www.greytogreenconference.org.  Greenroofs.com is once again proud to be a Media Partner for Grey to Green!

Media Contact: Steven Peck at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x. 233.

Sounds like a great deal for a great line-up!

~ Linda V.