Dutch Design Week Demonstrator – BlueGreen Roofs VR

Blue-Green roofs (BGR), which combine traditional Green roofs with water management systems, have the potential to provide a range of benefits, including improved stormwater management, reduced urban heat island effect, and enhanced biodiversity. However, the implementation of BGR can be costly and complex, particularly when retrofitting existing buildings.

This project aims to develop a modular model for BGR that can be easily adapted to different building types/sizes, making it more accessible and cost-effective. The model will also incorporate elements that support wildlife preservation, such as plant species selection and provision of habitats for birds and insects.

In addition, the project will explore ways to integrate human recreational space into BGR whilst in mutual synergey with wildlife preservation, creating areas for people to relax, improve mental wellbeig, and connect with nature whilst leaving space for flora and fauna to flourish.

The final output will be a physical BGR demonstrator combined with AR/VR that aims to encourage discourse at DDW by means of citizens science design research approaches.

University of Twente, LILa research project, Leon Peters, Koen Vogel and Sil Dijkman

One of the main focuses of the project is invoking of greenification of grey industrial environments and how sustainability can be widely intergrated on urban infrastructure, while bringing down the cost with modular blue/green roof infrastructure.