Living Architecture

Curated by Steven W. Peck

Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, is the founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof and wall industry association. Mr. Peck is also the Co-Founder of the World Green Infrastructure Network and publisher of The Living Architecture Monitor quarterly magazine. Since 1996, he has worked to advance the green roof and wall industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects, organizing conferences and workshops, building institutional capacity, lecturing, publishing, and advocating for supportive policies and standards at all levels of government.

  1. Case Study Brief


    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Patient Tower

    Park Ridge, Illinois

    “The patient tower expansion showcases sustainable landscapes that contribute to a healthy, safe, and healing environment in a healthcare setting. A series of gardens and healing rooms integrate sustainable stormwater features and native plants, while also providing both public and private spaces for respite. The response to the new healing gardens has been overwhelmingly positive – with increased calmness and reduced stress noted in a patient survey – serving as a great example of healing landscapes.”
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    Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory

    Tucson, Arizona

    “This demonstration landscape is fully integrated with the adjacent building, employing classic arid-region techniques like water harvesting and vegetation to reduce solar heat gain. It also functions as an entry plaza and gathering space, outdoor classroom, and outdoor laboratory for faculty and students.”
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    Gary Comer-Sustainable

    Gary Comer Youth Center

    Chicago, Illinois

    “This intensive green roof is a working garden that produces over 1000 lbs of organic food annually and functions as an outdoor classroom. The design showcases how green roofs can be integrated with other sustainable systems like light wells and passive climate control.”
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    Klyde Warren-After

    Klyde Warren Park

    Dallas, Texas

    “Green roof systems can be used on a wide range of scales, from a residential roof to a multi-block, at-grade structure over parking or transportation infrastructure. This 5-acre green roof acts as a bridge, tunnel, and park all in one, transforming this part of Dallas.”

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