SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The Latest in Living Architecture: Green roofs and more

"The living architecture movement is flourishing as green roofs go vertical and are increasingly integrated into city policies. One of the leading thinkers in restorative landscape design, Paul Kephart of Rana Creek (designer of the California Academy of Science’s green roof), will join us for a presentation of new green roof designs, living landscape projects and an update from Toronto, which recently began requiring green roofs in new construction."

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