LTT Picks 2010: Roving Green Roof
One of our favorite concepts of 2010 was Marco Castro Cosio’s roving green roof project, Bus Roots. As we noted then, more than half the world’s population now lives in cities, but increasingly urbanization doesn’t necessarily mean a complete break from those rural sensibilities. From rooftop and balcony gardens to urban apiaries, many people are redefining the ‘nature’ of city living. Cosio’s roving green roof project, created for his thesis at NYU, is an example of that.
Bus Roots was a second runner-up at the DesignWala Grand Idea Competition. As Cosio explains, “if we grew a garden on the roof of every one of the 4,500 buses in the MTA bus fleet, we would have 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city.” That would be 4,500 parks on wheels. The BioBus sports the current prototype on its roof.