NEW BOOK! Multisensory Landscape Design – A Designer’s Guide for Seeing

The interaction of our bodies in space is intrinsically linked to the ways in which we design. In spatial design we tend to focus on solely the visual, often treating it as the dominant sense while ignoring the other four senses: touch, sound, smell, taste. While research has been carried out on the perception of multisensorial experiences and design in the last two decades, there is no combined resource on how to address multisensory design in landscape architecture, architecture, urban and environmental design. This is a textbook for design students, professionals, and educators to develop multisensorial literacy. This book is the first of its kind, providing introductions on each of the five senses, along with exercises that demonstrate how to observe, record, and visualize them. It explores current design school pedagogy, and how we might imagine a more mindful way of teaching. The book is a foundational resource for students, professionals, and instructors to understand and ultimately create multisensorial spaces that are inclusive for all. This book imagines a world where seeing is redefined in a way that encompasses all of the senses—not just the visual.

LID Stormwater Application Published in Open Access Peer- Reviewed Journal of Living Architecture

After many years of research the team published its globally usable LID application in the ‘Journal of Living Architecture’. Big thank you to the whole lab team Feng Wu, Jericho Bankston, Feiyu Wei and internal lab advisors Jon Laurenz and Kevin Kong.

Holistic Stormwater Management Application

greenskins lab invited to Venice, Italy TIME SPACE EXISTENCE Exhibition, May 22 – November 21, 2021 coinciding with the Venice Architecture Biennale

Prof. Daniel Roehr and greenskins lab team Jon Laurenz, Jericho Bankston, Feng Wu, Isabel Kunigk and Kevin Kong have been invited to exhibit at the TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibition, an extensive biennial architecture and design exhibition in Venice, Italy, from May 22nd to November 21st, 2021, coinciding with the Venice Architecture Biennale. The event will be held in the historical centre of Venice at Palazzo Mora (lab exhibition location), Palazzo Bembo and the Giardini Marinaressa. In addition, everyone will have the possibility to experience the exhibition online through virtual tours and social media. A virtual exhibition walk through link will be provided to SALA as soon as it is available.

The lab is presenting their ongoing research of a globally usable Low Impact Design (LID) application to dimension LID in the concept phase of urban design projects. It also presents the content of their international LID workshops and lectures and current LID design examples being implemented in Europe through panels and a video created at multiple locations via ZOOM.

A New Book on GREEN ROOFS is Published: “Ecological Green Roofs: Theory and Application in the Western US and Canada”

Edited by Bruce D Dvorak and co-authored by eight authors including a chapter by Bruce D Dvorak and Daniel Roehr

“Green Roofs in Fraser Lowland and Vancouver Island Ecoregions”

This chapter presents case studies of four conservation sites and seven green roofs located in western British Columbia in the ecoregions of the Fraser Lowlands and Vancouver Island. The region is geographically complex with remnants of forested, savanna, and grassland ecoregions that once populated the Fraser River delta and parts of Vancouver Island. Historically, prairie and savanna vegetation dominated the ground plain on the delta. Less than 25% of the original temperate forests remain intact, and only a few small preserves sustain the endangered native grassland habitats that were once widespread on the southeastern edge of Vancouver Island and the delta. Annual precipitation at Victoria averages about 600 mm, Nanaimo averages about 1000 mm and Vancouver 1190 mm. Much of the precipitation takes place during the fall, winter, and spring, as summers are cool and dry. This chapter highlights how 42 plant taxa native to the region have been trialed on seven ecoregional green roofs.


This book studies the application of green roofs in ecoregions of the western United States and Canada. While green roofs were intended to sustain local or regional vegetation, this volume describes how green roofs in their modern form are typically planted with a low-diversity mix of sedums from Europe or Asia. The authors demonstrate how in the western USA and Canada many green roofs have been designed with native plants and have been found to thrive.

Part I of this book covers theory and an overview of ecoregions and their implications for green roofs. In Part II vegetation from prairies, deserts, montane meadows, coastal meadows, and scrub and sub-alpine habitats are explored on seventy-three ecoregional green roofs. Case studies explore design concepts, materials, watering and maintenance, wildlife, plant species, and lessons learned. Part III covers an overview of ecoregional green roofs and a future outlook.

This book is aimed at professionals, designers, researchers, students and educators with an interest in green roofs and the preservation of biodiversity. 

Springer Nature

DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-58395-8
eBook ISBN 978-3-030-58395-8
Hard cover ISBN 978-3-030-58395-8

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