The Design of Green Roofs in the Urban Public Realm


The design of roof gardens are important in providing both vital function for social, health and recreation requirements for open space in urban centers. More so now than ever, roof gardens are becoming seamlessly integrated into our densely developed city centers. These open spaces contribute significantly to the well-being of our public realm both on the ground and in the air.

SWA chairman and designer John Wong discusses the evolution of the firm’s green roof designs over 40 years. John designed the landscapes around the world’s three tallest buildings, which he details in this 33-minute video.

Conference Speaker

John L. Wong, FASLA, FAAR

SWA Managing Principal, Chairman

Mr. Wong is an internationally renowned landscape architect with considerable and diverse design experience. Since joining the SWA Group in 1976, Mr. Wong has directed design for campuses, commercial and office complexes; resorts and hotels; and civic, educational, residential, and medical projects. In the realm of urban design and planning, he has designed and managed many successful urban developments, redevelopments and new community projects throughout the world, including the “groundscape” design for the world's three tallest buildings including Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Shanghai Tower; and the upcoming Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia. For the past 30 years, he has led the SWA Group work with Stanford University, both to reclaim the 100-year-old vision of Leland Stanford and Frederick Law Olmsted and to build upon that legacy in order to create a beautiful campus environment that fosters learning into the 21st Century.

2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit

The Mission of the Virtual Summit 2017 is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for the living architecture and green infrastructure community with learning and networking via the power of the Internet.

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