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Treetops in the Rooftops

A NY-based landscape architect, Thomas Balsley, FASLA, has created a new type of green roof using Austrian pines.
June 19, 2009, 10am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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Thomas Balsley, FASLA, says that a forest roof was not what the client initially had in mind.

"The roof landscape includes more than a hundred 25-to-35-tall trees set in mounds of earth hidden by shrubs. Each tree sits in a four-and-a-half-foot-deep soil bed, which are designed to hold the deep root systems. (The soil beds for these trees are much deeper than those for more conventional green roofs)."

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Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 in THE DIRT
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