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  • #61
    ^or perhaps the designers use inappropriate material and are not as conscious of the above as they should be in orientation and design?


    Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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    • #62
      Originally posted by kcantor View Post
      maybe because our climate and winter winds combined with a lack of humidity make it almost impossible for them to survive here?
      The winds in downtown Toronto are a lot stronger than they are here.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by etownboarder View Post
        Originally posted by kcantor View Post
        maybe because our climate and winter winds combined with a lack of humidity make it almost impossible for them to survive here?
        The winds in downtown Toronto are a lot stronger than they are here.
        and it is a matter of choice of the tree or shrub you want to put up there. my guess a large oak tree wouldn't work, but a type of a spruce might.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by grish View Post
          Originally posted by etownboarder View Post
          Originally posted by kcantor View Post
          maybe because our climate and winter winds combined with a lack of humidity make it almost impossible for them to survive here?
          The winds in downtown Toronto are a lot stronger than they are here.
          and it is a matter of choice of the tree or shrub you want to put up there. my guess a large oak tree wouldn't work, but a type of a spruce might.
          I was really surprised at the size of some of the trees and the variety.

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          • #65
            I meant here in edmonton. if the objection is the wind and humidity for tree survival, then find a tree that is used to these conditions.

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            • #66
              Originally posted by grish View Post
              I meant here in edmonton. if the objection is the wind and humidity for tree survival, then find a tree that is used to these conditions.
              you find one, i'll give it a home.
              "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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              • #67
                Exhibit A - Manulife Place rooftop. Those trees have survived our 'winters' and our lack of 'humidity' for almost 30-years.

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by ChrisD View Post
                  Exhibit A - Manulife Place rooftop. Those trees have survived our 'winters' and our lack of 'humidity' for almost 30-years.
                  relatively sheltered podium/patio roof deck ChrisD - far from what they would experience at the top of manulife...
                  "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                  • #69
                    In T.O., many of the condo buildings were terraced, so the big trees started at maybe the 4-6 floors and went all the way up to the top. Most of these buildings were 7-20 floors in height.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by kcantor View Post
                      Originally posted by grish View Post
                      I meant here in edmonton. if the objection is the wind and humidity for tree survival, then find a tree that is used to these conditions.
                      you find one, i'll give it a home.
                      How about the Alpine Larch and the White Birch?

                      PS Feel free to include a bit of shelter if you wish. There are no requirements one way or another. Examples of trees in toronto are usually sheltered as well.

                      So, which roof-top or building side should I keep my eye on to see one of these trees?

                      ps as a bonus, these trees tend to have wide, but not deep root system and birch in particular likes sandy soils. I think that is well suitted to being planted on buildings. You're welcome
                      Last edited by grish; 26-09-2010, 09:37 PM. Reason: spelling

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                      • #71
                        Green roof does not necessarily mean trees. Hearty shrubs are just fine.
                        I think of art, at its most significant, as a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. —Marshall McLuhan

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by Dialog View Post
                          Green roof does not necessarily mean trees. Hearty shrubs are just fine.
                          Exactly (see Stantec north atrium as Exhibit B).

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                          • #73
                            Taking the paddles to this dormant thread, since several buildings in town now have green roofs. I was quite surprised by some of them.

                            https://www.edmonton.ca/city_governm...reen-roof.aspx

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