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Brad Temkin: Rooftop

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Chicago photog documents green spaces in bloom on city rooftops

Brad Temkin has been documenting human impact on the contemporary landscape for over 30 years. For Rooftop, his latest series, the Chicago-based photographer chronicles the burgeoning green roof movement taking place on top of city buildings all over the world. The beautifully-composed, large-format photos serve as exemplary records of the cultural shift towards sustainable......read more

Terrific Tree and Plant Photos by Brad McMurray

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Vancouver photographer finds beauty in the banal

Brad McMurray locates the beauty in everyday scenes with his photos of  trees and plants in the city. Like a plant-focused William Eggleston,  McMurray surveys the banal to uncover the moments where the urban and natural worlds collide: My work focuses on the mundane and ordinary world and I think that no subject is fuller of implications than this one... I strive to make forms make......read more

Everyday Color: Photos by Brad McMurray

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Canadian photographer reveals the beauty in the banal

Good photographers don't need epic vistas or gorgeous models to pull off compelling images. Brad McMurray (previously) is a case in point. The Vancouver-based photog finds beauty in the everyday, often employing situational irony to create interesting pictures. His eye for bold pops of color in banal settings is on full display in this selection of images. In his own words: My images are seen......read more

Brad Moore: Familiar

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Irony-infused photos of plants and buildings in inland SoCal

Perusing the Old Faithful blog the other day, we came upon these photos from a 2007 series called Familiar by Brad Moore, shot among the post-war architecture of inland California. With a restrained, less-is-more aesthetic and a keen sense of irony, Moore's photos capture the interplay between buildings and plants in the suburban landscape. From his statement: The following......read more

C6 by LivingHomes

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Low-cost, zero-energy prefab benefits Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation

Santa Monica-based green building specialist LivingHomes has unveiled the C6, the company's first affordable (starting at $179,000) LEED Platinum prefab home. Designed with a post-Katrina New Orleans in mind, the C6 meets LivingHomes' ambitious "Z6" environmental goals: zero energy, zero water, zero indoor emissions, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero ignorance. The "C" in the......read more

Brooklyn Grange Celebrates First Rooftop Harvest

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Take a first look at the massive, 43,000 square-foot farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Brooklyn Grange, the rooftop farming operation that launched in Long Island City a couple years ago, celebrated its first harvest at its new site, a 43,000 square-foot rooftop farm in Brooklyn -- now the largest such farm in NYC.   Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the rooftop farm was financed in part by a $592,730 grant from the DEP's Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Mayor......read more

Brooklyn Informed: Peter's Secret Garden

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Home is where the health is.

Food doesn't get any more local than when you can plant, pick, cook, and eat it all within a space of about five feet. That's the exactly the situation that building manager Peter Malerba finds himself in. The longtime Brooklyn resident takes advantage of having open access to a vast rooftop by growing a variety of organic delights every summer. But like a good Brooklynite, Malerba......read more

Hell's Kitchen Farm Project

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NYC farming program uses church roof to grow fresh produce

Hallelujah! A baptist church in a neglected Manhattan neighbourhood has entered the urban farming game, with a 1,000 square foot rooftop garden that's producing abundant fruit and veg for the church's busy food pantry. Located in Hell's Kitchen between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel, the Metro Baptist Church is as far removed from rural farm life as it gets. But with......read more

Gardens NYC: Let It Grow

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On a Brooklyn rooftop, Justin Vernon joins the shift.

For Justin Vernon, there's more to gardening than growing plants. His rooftop garden, one of the many cropping up on the Brooklyn skyline, is part of a broader shift in environmental consciousness. The moment he started thinking of the planet as a living entity, Justin couldn't wait to get some seeds and get down to business. Now, with the Gaia philosophy informing his approach, Justin raises......read more

A Tale of Two Rooftops

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Latest Perennial Plate episode stars rooftop gardeners in Beijing and Hong Kong

In the latest episode of The Perennial Plate, series creators Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine travel to East Asia, where urban farming is beginning to take hold on empty rooftops. The clip introduces us to Osbert Lam at City Farm in Hong Kong and Guichun Zhang in Beijing, each of whom have created rooftop garden oases in their respective cities. In both cases, it seems like the motives......read more

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