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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Environment : Turning a Concrete Jungle into an Urban Forest

How do you turn a city of concrete buildings with not much land space to plant trees into an urban forest? Simple : Plant trees on building rooftops.  Getting an inspiration from the ancient wonder : Hanging Garden of Babylon, that is how Lebanese Architect Wassim Melki plan to turn the city of Beirut into a rooftop garden city and make it green.

I think this is one of the most ingenious ideas on urban greening project I have encountered. And I hope Beirut pushes through with the project because the idea is beautiful, doable and eco-friendly. 

I have seen one or two private buildings here in Manila with rooftops converted into tree and shrub gardens. And they really look great and "cool". 

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                   BEFORE ( How Beirut looks now )
AFTER ( Computer Simulation of how will Beirut look after ) 
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