The team at Long Island City based Alive Structures is comprised of environmentalists with areas of expertise in gardening, architecture, landscape design, horticulture and conservation. They strive to turn urban roofs into beautiful and productive gardens that cultivate native species, reduce water runoff, insulate buildings and improve air and water quality. I got a close-up look at the different pieces of their Green Roof system and their Alive planters at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show...
• 1 I'm Green with roof envy!
• 2 Their Green Roof System is made up of a roof barrier waterproof membrane, root barrier, drainage mats made from recycled plastic, an erosion blanket, lightweight engineered soil, and vegetation.
• 3 The Alive Planters started as a device for showcasing Green Roof plants at tradeshows and events and were so popular that Alive Structures started producing them for consumers.
• 4 Alive Planters are handmade in Long Island City from recycled shredded paper, recycled Styrofoam, mixed with cement.
In addition to Green Roofs and Alive Planters, Alive Structures works to cultivate Ecological Gardens, build Green Walls, and provide Educational Programs in the community.
(Images: Aaron Able, Alive Structures)