Promoting Invertebrate Development

 

 

Background

This single family converted garage was reinforced with steel beams allowing for an intensive green roof capable of supporting over 1' of soil medium and planting.   

Utility

The combination of native grasses and wildflowers facilitates invertebrate production and increases pollination and in turn, biodiversity.

Amenity

The rooftop garden resembles a native meadow and provides all season interest.

 

Promoting Micronutrient and Microbial Development in Soil

 

 

Background

For every 1" rainfall event, over 10,000 gallons of rainwater fall on Union Street between Bond Street and the Gowanus Canal.  This water runoff enters the Gowanus Canal directly from a sewer on the east side of Bond Street.  Under the asphalt, the soil is compacted and contains a high level of toxic heavy metals.  

Utility

By removing the asphalt top and exposing the soil using an efficient design strategy we can remediate the soil and plant native trees, shrubs and grasses.  Over time soil quality will improve, reclaiming from the industrial era what was once a natural wetland bank of the Gowanus Canal.  

Amenity

The previously static area behind a wedding / event space, an art gallery and a bbq restaurant, is activated into a usable green space designed to meet the expanding needs of each business.

 

 

Realizing Rainwater's Potential

 

Background

This multi family house suffered from a consistently flooded basement.  Focusing on movement of water from roof to garden allowed for a comprehensive analysis of flow rates and strategies for mitigating rainfall flowing into an overloaded sewer line.  

Utility

By cutting the downspout and redirecting water into a 50 gallon drum positioned at the back of the garden behind a series of french drains, the 700 gallons of water which falls during a 1" storm can successfully be managed, entirely mitigating basement flooding. 

Amenity

The downspout turns into a copper handrail, adding continuity to the flow of rainwater from roof to garden.  Positioned on top of a large oak tree trunk a rain barrel provides consistent moisture to a rain garden planting highlighted by a large swath of horse tail (equisetum).