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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Growing a roof

Metro has installed its first “living roof” on the bus shelter at Ellicott and N. Division, just outside the MTC.  Made of soil and live plants (drought resistant succulents), the turf roof provides cooling, creates a habitat for urban wildlife, and absorbs rainwater.  The plants will resist Buffalo’s cold, thrive in the heat, and, best of all, require next to no maintenance.

The demonstration project was completed by eco_logic STUDIO, a local architecture and engineering firm. No other installations are planned for the immediate future, but if this shelter works out, there are about 270 other candidates for foliage up top.