Architectural choicesÂ can beÂ included inÂ Mormon arts, can’t they?Â I thought this was coolÂ news about the LDS Conference Center’s greenroof.
A greenroof is a roofÂ on whichÂ nativeÂ plants, including trees,Â are planted.Â Â Such roofs buffer againstÂ harmful UV rays.Â They also keep structures cool in the summer and warm in the winter.Â They clean the air and process and control storm waterÂ run-off.Â They drawÂ birds, butterflies, and bees.Â
I believe I heardÂ a reporter on the TV report say that, in places, the soil on the Conference Center roof is four feet deep.Â
In the U.S., green architecture is gaining ground (pun intended).Â In his bookÂ Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv reports that the GapÂ office building in San Bruno has a greenroof that, as ArchitectureÂ Week says, “undulates like the surrounding green hills.”Â Â Louv says theÂ roofÂ “provides an acoustic barrier to nearby air traffic.”Â Â The greenroof of aÂ furniture factory in Michigan collects and treats storm-water runoff.
Many more buildings in U.S. and European citiesÂ are beginning to incorporate naturalÂ systems, including rooftop gardens,Â into their architectural designs, resulting in impressive savings in energy and in money.Â Â Having here and there touches of natural beauty also provideÂ psychological benefits for people who live and workÂ in cities.
The Conference Center isn’t the only greenroof the LDS communityÂ canÂ boast of.Â The underground addition toÂ BYU’s Lee LibraryÂ has a greenroof, and, though I don’t know much about it,Â BYU’sÂ new humanities building looks toÂ have something of a greenroof, too.Â
Kudos to the LDSÂ Church for investing inÂ such aÂ wonderful Â project and congratulationsÂ on the award.Â Â The Conference Center offers tours of its rooftop wonderland; I hope toÂ takeÂ several, because unlikeÂ common roofs whoseÂ angles and planesÂ change but little, the Conference Center’s roof will bloomÂ with the season.Â Cool!Â AndÂ warm.Â Â
I’d love — love –Â to write about this roof.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â