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Practice : Winter 2009
“E xtensive” green roofs, by contrast, involve thinner layers of soil and smaller plants, capable of extending over large areas. “BAC’s project will combine both types of green roof,” Rob added. “A portion of the area will be occupied with a thin layer of “exten sive” plantings . Howe ver, some of the roof will include larger plants and be ava ilable for individuals and sma ll groups to gather and enjoy the ambience. There are some spe ctac ula r views available from the BAC roof, particularly towards the river, down Newbury Street and across to the Prudential Center.” The project is planned as an educational as well as an environmental activity, with BAC students to be involved not only during design and construction, but as ongoing monitors of the performance and environ- mental benefits of the Green Roof a nd Alley installation. The proje ct will evaluate the effectivene ss of urban sustainable de sign principles in existing structure s and den sely built urban neighborhoods throughout the Charles R iver Basin. Located on a heavily-traveled street in the heart of the Back Bay, the Green Alley will utilize innovative signage and “virtua l tour” technolog y. The Green Roof will become a living laboratory for students a nd faculty, but it will also be utilized for community outreach programs. In keeping with the BAC’s practice -ba s ed curriculum, students have been involved in the discussion and planning of this project since its inception. Urban Sustainability will beautify the u rban streetsc ape, incre a se bird habitat, reduce the “heat island” effect and provide public educ ation. Ultimately, the combina- tion of initiatives in this proje ct would make the BAC “c a rbon-neutra l,” a nd could generate enough additiona l energ y to provide free power to the Engine 33 and Ladder 15 Firehous e at 941 Boylston Street. The Boston A rchitectural College is ideally suited to use the Urban Sustainability project as a catalyst, encouraging wider adoption of sustainable design principles. Through Urban Sustainability at the BAC, we will lead with green and energ y conser va- tion initiatives, benefitting future generations a nd creating a b etter environment for the students, faculty, professionals, bu sinesses a nd fa milies who live here. fEaTURE ] URbaN SUSTaINabIlITy BAC students will be involved not only during design and construction, but as ongoing monitors of the performance and environmental benefits of the Green Roof/Green Alley installation. greenscreen cOURSES IN SUSTaINabIlITy aT ThE bac Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking Materials, Resources , and Indoor Environmental Quality Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Site Design, Landscaping and Site-Water Issues Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation, and Planning Environmental Systems High Performance Buildings and the LEED Rating System Building Envelope Sustainable Design in Practice Histor y of Sustainable Building Marketing Sustainability pRacTIcE 54