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The Journal of Living Architecture (JLIV) is published exclusive here, on the Living Architecture Monitor website. The magazine will publish the abstract of each published JLIV manuscript in the quarterly issue of the LAM, with a link to the full paper here.

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Synthetic ecosystems such as rain gardens, green roofs, engineered wetlands and urban meadows are becoming increasingly popular for their intrinsic environmental and ecological benefits as well as for their aesthetic value. But, as in many emerging technologies, communication between the academic institutions generating basic and applied science and the design disciplines is not as efficient as it could be, and strengthening this link will improve the performance of these systems. The case study serves to illustrate the process of linking research, design and implementation. Scientific research, performed by the authors and found in the literature, is used to inform design, and design challenges are used to suggest avenues of research. The research itself is briefly outlined where appropriate, but the focus of this paper is the process of linking science and design in a feedback loop.

A multi-faceted research project was conducted on a modular green roof in semi-arid, high elevation Denver, Colorado U.S.A. A photovoltaic (PV) array ran along the southeastern edge of the research area and visibly influenced the plant growth, cover and biomass. Plants grown near the PV prospered compared to plants in the exposed area. Average summer temperatures in the modules under the PV array were cooler with less temperature variation compared to the modules located in the exposed areas of the green roof. Shading structures integrated on green roofs may produce effects that resemble natural ecotones tending towards greater plant coverage and biomass, and therefore greater green roof resilience.