Title page for ETD etd-07302003-101502

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Henderson, Beau Tyler
URN etd-07302003-101502
Title Human-Driven Extensive Greenroof Design
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Miller, Patrick A. Committee Chair
Ervin, Erik H. Committee Member
Johnson, Benjamin C. Committee Member
  • Human-Driven Design
  • Extensive Green Roof Technology
Date of Defense 2003-06-12
Availability unrestricted
Throughout history, utopian ideals have existed promoting nature as a necessary affect for better aesthetic and psychological being.

Yet, as human populations climb so do stresses upon the natural environment - therefore, bringing "the city in harmony with nature" becomes more challenging. Fortunately, hope exists through the use of greenroof technology.

Greenroofs are a green space created by continuous layers of drainage, protection, growing medium, and plants either onto or integral to a roofing system. This paper explores extensive greenroofs, characterized by low-maintenance and shallow growing medium.

Greenroof benefits (ecological, economical, aesthetic, psychological) are classified as: Market and Human. Further exploration of human-driven benefits result in the definitions of active and passive sensation (the division of sensation): Active sensation is the immediate, present, unimagined engagement of a specific sense. Passive sensation is the imagined perception (sensing) of an object or element. As defined, Active Sensations are real and, therefore, have limits/defects/boundaries; yet, Passive Sensations are imagined, and therefore, limitless. As alluded by William James, "The philosophy which is so important in each of us is not a technical matter; it is our more or less dumb sense of what life honestly and deeply means. It is only partly got from books; it is our individual way of just seeing and feeling the total push and pressure of the cosmos."

The remainder of the document explores human-driven greenroof design; emphasizing design as a form of inquiry.

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