Sitting in a packed classroom at the Università Degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, Italy five years ago, I was first introduced to the Living Roof project built by Renzo Piano. Seeing the work in a simple slide show, I appreciated the boldness and majesty of his design and its significance to our cities. Recently, while living briefly in San Francisco, I was able to fulfill the dream that erupted that day — to see this green roof with 1.7 million living plants.
Renzo Piano is one of my favorite architects and urban planners. On the day I visited this landmark, there were grey clouds and minimal color in the sky. Yet this could not dimmer my enthusiasm. It was a joy and privilege to try to imagine all the details that went into the design of creating an entire ecosystem that will live for years to come.
It is beautiful, sustainable, literally and conceptually green. It contributes to making our urban cities healthier. I hope he inspires more living roofs on this scale, all over the world.
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