How to bring life to Barcelona's roof terraces

28/02/2016 10:22 h

Ecologia Urbana

The aim of this guide is for the city’s roofs and terraces to have environmental, energy and community uses. It aims to promote a reassessment of the city’s roofs and the way local residents use them.

In a city where it is not always possible to find peaceful green areas at street level, the idea of having a well-conditioned green roof terrace with facilities for spending a pleasant time there can often mean a major improvement in quality of people’s lives.

These are safe, outdoor areas where you can enjoy a view of the city. They are quieter, you can sunbathe, do some exercise, tend a vegetable garden and get together with your neighbours.

They are also spaces that can improve the quality of the environment, with green roofs that regulate the building and the city’s climate, help to reduce atmospheric pollution, provide a habitat for some very useful flora and fauna and retain water. And more and more local residents of all ages are rediscovering how enjoyable their roof terraces can be.

The aim of this new ‘Green roof terraces’ guide is to promote and support this process of rediscovery, while illustrating the benefits of transforming them into a useful area and offering tools to answer queries about their possible uses, with technical answers concerning what type of roof terrace to choose and what you have to do in order to get the most out of them.

The guide suggests that a living roof terrace should be for communal use, multipurpose, multifunctional and multicultural. It gives advice on what they can be used for and how to achieve that goal. The use may vary according to the needs and interests of the people concerned. It can even be divided up into different areas. They can therefore be functional, for hanging out washing, storage, generating sustainable energy or tending a vegetable garden, or it can be for leisure, with activities for everyone.

Meanwhile, green roof terraces can be extensive, semi-intensive, intensive, naturalised, vegetable gardens, water retainers, energy generators, if solar panels are installed, or multipurpose and community areas, to be treated like just one more part of your home.

The document also offers ideas for the maintenance of these areas, whatever they may be used for.

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