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Lincoln Center’s new look

November 18, 2010

When it comes to green roofs, I’m usually pretty firm in my belief that they should be low-maintenance and designed with plant material that will aid in runoff reduction, heating/cooling costs and contribute to a more sustainable urban environment. The “green” roof at Lincoln Center is not quite all those things. It is a rooftop grass lawn with intricate sloping that requires intense irrigation and maintenance. That all said, I am still kind of drawn to the Diller, Scofidio & Renfro design — it is bold and it is sure to be highly utilized by New Yorkers.

I would welcome it if I lived in Manhattan — a place to lay out in the grass in the middle of the city? Just think of the popularity of the High Line. An urban oasis of sorts.

So I wonder, what do you, dear readers think of the Illumination Lawn? Should green roofs be designed with environmental benefits put first? Or the comfort of people? Or does it depend on the environment and the end use? Would it have hurt the design to have at least one tree?

photo via inhabitat

photo by Michael Canadate

photo by Michael Canadate

photo via NY Times

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