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[sidebar]Taken from The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs © 2013 by Karla Dakin, Lisa Lee Benjamin, and Mindy Pantiel. Published by Timber Press, Portland, OR. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.[/sidebar]

One of the most cutting-edge directions of green roofs involves creating habitats for biodiversity. Most designers are familiar with gardening for wildlife on the ground in suburban and rural gardens,  but many haven’t thought about inviting insects and wildlife into the urban roofs context.

Closer examination of urban environments reveals an entourage of insects and native bees already living there along with a multitude of tenacious and persistent plants, which work their way into sidewalk cracks, brick walls, and chimney tops. There are peregrine falcons roosting on skyline parapets, flushes of summer butterflies on flowers in sidewalk beds, and bird songs in the early mornings. Nature is in the city, and we can create more footholds, nooks, and niches for wildlife and  instigate more habitats on green roofs with intentional design.

With the growing  acceptance of rooftops as the new landscape frontier, designers have  a unique opportu...

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