Green roof showcase : retrofitting the rooftop of the Chicago Cultural Center

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Murphy, Joseph T.
Cruz, German T.
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Department of Landscape Architecture
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This project provides a historical perspective and a comprehensive review of the quantitative and qualitative benefits of green roof technologies and argues that most of these benefits could be represented in the City of Chicago in an educational and interactive site. As a demonstration site, the Chicago Cultural Center rooftop could be retrofitted as such a green roof project. In addition to the normal benefits of a green roof, this high profile site would provide increased awareness of the benefits of rooftop greening in hopes of encouraging future such projects in Chicago and elsewhere. The major barriers to the widespread use of green roof technologies are summarized; creative solutions making use of various green roof technologies are displayed on one prominent, showcase rooftop.