Greenroofs have been around for centuries, but this new study for the City of Houston introduces intriguing and forward looking rooftop agriculture in the heart of the city. The city partnered with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)/Geo Technology Research Institute (GTRI) to commission the design and an initial look at the feasibility of urban rooftop food production for downtown city-owned properties.
The study examines intensive, sustainable, and technologically sound approaches that can grow fresh, local, nutritious, and high value crops. It was conducted by renowned designers, planners, and architects to analyze building specific opportunities in downtown; to evaluate twelve municipal sites; to design strikingly different options; and to provide initial business strategies for implementing the best initial projects. Four promising sites have been identified for implementation.