Karla Dakin, Sky Trapezium, 2007 Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Karla Dakin, Green Roof at LA Museum of the Holocaust, photo credit Lisa Lee Benjamin
John Little, Green Roof Shipping Container
Green Roof Avant Garde with Karla Dakin, 03/06/13
The Garden Museum and American Embassy present a symposium surveying international avant garde practice in green roof design, horticulture, ecology and growing cultural significance.
Topics covered will include a global survey of emerging practices in green roofs as featured in Dakin's recently published book, The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs.
We will explore urban ecology and green roofs with Dusty Gedge, green roofs as cultural experience and leading research and development in America on green roof horticulture.
Karla Dakin, principal of K. Dakin Design is a landscape architect with a strong background in the arts. Her work is informed by the creative avante-guard and a passion for plants. Karla established K. Dakin Design 1997 specializing in ecologically sound landscape architecture with a particular emphasis on incorporating native plant life. Since then Dakin has completed a wide array of projects including the roof garden for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado and the 10,000 square foot green roof for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust with Lisa Lee Benjamin.
Her varied work in the art world (including co-founding architectural gallery 2AES in San Francisco) provides the foundation for her unique ability to integrate art into any landscape. In recent years Dakin has extended her education in green roofs, low impact design, permaculture, biodynamic and master gardening, as well as teaching garden design and architectural theory.
Dakin is co-author of the Professional Guide to Green Roofs, a comprehensive exploration of rooftop garden design and the process behind it covering everything landscape architects and garden designers need to know to create a beautiful garden in the sky.
Dusty Gedge started as a green-roof campaigner and founder of Livingroofs.org, an independent green-roofs association that promotes green roofs and walls in the UK. His interest in green roofs and biodiversity lead him to travel Europe in 2000 to find why and how a green roof could be put up for biodiversity. He is the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations and was instrumental in helping establish the UK Green Roof Code.
As a designer he has worked on over 300 projects over the years, including some of the seminal green roofs in the UK for biodiversity. As an ex-actor/circus-performer he is also a recognised international speaker, who mixes humour/entertainment with a detailed focus on what, how and why green roofs should be and will be an important part of Urban Ecosystem services and adaptation to climate change.
Dusty has written a number of seminal books and technical reports including Building Greener in 2006 and the ‘London Living roofs and Walls - technical report to support the London Plan’. He recently co-authored Small Green Roofs: Low-tech Options for Greener Living published by timberpress. This builds on his DIY green roof e-guide, written with John Little.
John Little has always loved plants and what they can do for people and urban space. In 1995 his built his own Green roof home and in 1998 founded the Grass Roof Company. He has since designed and built over 70 green roof buildings, often combining the living roofs with habitat walls
John is passionate about the importance of linking maintenance to the people who use the space. He campaigns highlight the importance imaginative maintenance plays in helping to improve life and biodiversity within social housing estates. In 2007 John’s company was awarded Silver Gilt at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a garden based on the maintenance work they pioneer for the green spaces within social housing and in 2008 they won the sustainable housing award for their work on the Clapton park estate. John runs Green roof workshops and working with his colleage Dusty Gedge has written a diy guide to green roofs.
11.00-16.30, Ticket price includes lunch and coffe break
Tickets Friends £60, Non-Friends £80, Students/Concessions £50
This event is supported by the American Embassy and our Green Infrastructure Programme Partners. To find out more click here.