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Sustainable Manchiche Decking at Simbiótica Living Roof

Deforestation is a primary cause of climate change and biodiversity loss. Consequently, there is a need for landscape designers, architects and other design practitioners who specify building materials derived from forest biomes, such as wood, to adopt sustainable alternatives that both reduce environmental harm along their supply chains and perform as well as or better than […]

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Simbiótica Living Roof’s Native Plant Palette

As the green roof movement spreads across cities throughout the country, including New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, urbanites are increasingly able to enjoy natural flora atop built structures in surroundings that would otherwise be devoid of plant life. Pre-grown Sedum tiles are predominantly used for their proven performance and functionality in constrained, artificial […]

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An Artificial Garden in Greenwich Village

A natural or wild garden is often preferred, however in urban hubs where weather conditions fluctuate and space is limited, implementing an artificial garden can be a great alternative. For our Terrace Viewing Garden project, we’ve transformed a Greenwich Village apartment encased by a long, linear balcony, into a lush urban oasis coated in faux […]

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Urban Farming in the West Village

Residents of New York are increasingly looking towards urban farming techniques as an alternative to the global agricultural business model. Consequently, our firm is invested in eco-social design practices whereby functionality and urban agriculture intersect. This West Village rooftop and ground-level courtyard is an excellent example of this. By carefully positioning planters throughout both areas, […]

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Upper East Side Part Shade Garden

For the past two months, we’ve had the pleasure of working on a very special project. Tucked away in the historic Upper East Side, we’ve transformed a simple garden into a private sanctuary, perfect for not only entertaining guests but also inviting its inhabitants to times of quiet reflection. One of the distinguishing features of […]

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Living Roofs: West Village Co-Op Project

We’re thrilled that our West Village Co-Op rooftop garden can be found in the newly released book “Living Roofs,” published by TeNeues! Tucked away on page 187, author Ashley Penn describes, in detail, the features and functionalities of this green roof. For those unfamiliar with the West Village Co-Op project, our team cleverly redesigned the […]

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500 Trees Planted on Behalf of 350 Bleeker Street

We recently had the pleasure of designing a Manhattan rooftop terrace located at 350 Bleeker Street. DeepStream Designs, the company responsible for the creation of the planters purchased for use on the outdoor property, donates 100 trees per item sold on behalf of their clients in an effort to reduce their carbon foot print. Thus, […]

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