Our Values

Reusing what's already there

As designers, we wish to avoid approaches that would imply demolishing existing buildings or building on land where human impact is still limited. Instead, we consider the built heritage as our most valuable resource and we advocate for its enhancement through thoughtful and innovative tactical interventions. We are convinced that improving what exists is the best guarantee against urban sprawl and the excessive waste of resources.

Ending the degradation of natural soils by creating new surfaces

The lack of vegetation in cities is one of the main contributors to urban heat islands. Let's limit the impact of this phenomenon on the buildings that surround us by covering them with a generous organic layer that reduces surface temperatures, improves air quality, increases rainwater retention and provides new spaces for non-human species in the city.

Questioning spatial hierarchies inherited from other eras

We consider that buildings need to adapt to the way societies evolve, not the other way around. Perhaps there was a good reason for Haussmannian buildings not to have spaces in which their inhabitants could meet, but we find unnecessary to maintain such archaisms today. We design solutions to update spaces and allow more collective and cooperative uses.

Building the cities of tomorrow together

We reject the idea that the future of cities can be written by a limited number of actors that wouldn’t take into account everyone’s contributions and desires. We picture ourselves as initiators of possibilities for the improvement of our environment, enabling anything from the emergence of regulatory frameworks all the way to the creation of collective visions for living together.

Adapting strategies that work

To ensure that the living environment of as many people as possible can be improved, we favor mass customization processes that adapt a similar method to specific situations. We wish to overcome the lack of systemic approaches that results in the difficulty of carrying out renovation projects. We hope that you will join us in this mission towards the ecological and collective transition of the building stock.

Our Values

Reusing what's already there!

As designers, we wish to avoid approaches that would imply demolishing existing buildings or building on land where human impact is still limited. Instead, we consider the built heritage as our most valuable resource and we advocate for its enhancement through thoughtful and innovative tactical interventions. We are convinced that improving what exists is the best guarantee against urban sprawl and the excessive waste of resources.

Ending the degradation of natural soils by creating new surfaces!

The lack of vegetation in cities is one of the main contributors to the urban heat island. Let's limit the impact of this phenomenon on the buildings that surround us by covering them with a generous organic layer that reduces surface temperatures, improves air quality, increases rainwater retention and provides new spaces for non-human species in the city.

Questioning spatial hierarchies inherited from other eras!

We consider that buildings need to adapt to the way societies evolve, not the other way around. Perhaps there was a good reason for Haussmannian buildings not to have spaces in which their inhabitants could meet, but we find unnecessary to maintain such archaisms today. We design solutions to update spaces and allow more collective and cooperative uses.

Building the cities of tomorrow together!

We reject the idea that the future of cities can be written by a limited number of actors that wouldn’t take into account everyone’s contributions and desires. We picture ourselves as initiators of possibilities for the improvement of our environment, enabling anything from the emergence of regulatory frameworks all the way to the creation of collective visions for living together.

Adapting strategies that work!

To ensure that the living environment of as many people as possible can be improved, we favor mass customization processes that adapt a similar method to specific situations. We wish to overcome the lack of systemic approaches that results in the difficulty of carrying out renovation projects. We hope that you will join us in this mission towards the ecological and collective transition of the building stock.

Our Story

Roofscapes is a startup from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. The company was founded in 2020 by MIT graduate students Tim Cousin, Olivier Faber, and Eytan Levi with the mission of transforming untapped rooftops into green roofs as a way to mitigate climate change and to provide new outdoor spaces in cities.

Tim, Olivier, and Eytan met back in 2014 as they started architecture school together at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. After further studies between ETH Zurich and the University of Tokyo, they worked in various architectural practices in the UK, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, India, and Australia, including Junya Ishigami in Tokyo, Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, COBE in Copenhagen, and Rahul Mehrotra in Mumbai. Tim, Olivier, and Eytan decided to finish their education together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where they studied between the Department of Architecture and the Center for Real Estate.

In the summer of 2018, they spent a week with their friend Louis de Saint-Affrique brainstorming a project that would tackle untapped spaces in Paris. The idea for green rooftops over pitched roofs was born, and it has evolved into Roofscapes. In the spring of 2020, Roofscapes was incubated at the MIT DesignX accelerator, and was awarded the first prize of the 2020 DesignX cohort. In 2021-22, Roofscapes has been selected by Urban Lab - the City of Paris’ laboratory for urban innovation - to design and build a first pilot project over a roof in Paris.

Our Story

Roofscapes is a startup from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. The company was founded in 2020 by MIT graduate students Tim Cousin, Olivier Faber, and Eytan Levi with the mission of transforming untapped rooftops into green roofs as a way to mitigate climate change and to provide new outdoor spaces in cities.

Tim, Olivier, and Eytan met back in 2014 as they started architecture school together at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. After further studies between ETH Zurich and the University of Tokyo, they worked in various architectural practices in the UK, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, India, and Australia, including Junya Ishigami in Tokyo, Herzog de Meuron in Basel, COBE in Copenhagen, and RMA in Mumbai. Tim, Olivier, and Eytan decided to finish their education together at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where they are currently graduate students between the Department of Architecture and the Center for Real Estate.

In the summer of 2018, we spent a week with our friend Louis de Saint-Affrique brainstorming a project that would tackle untapped spaces in Paris. The idea for green rooftops over pitched roofs was born, and it has evolved into Roofscapes. In the spring of 2019, Roofscapes incubated at the MIT DesignX accelerator, and was awarded First Prize upon completion. This year, Roofscapes have been selected by Urban Lab, the City of Paris urban innovation incubator, to build a first pilot project over a roof in Paris.

Our Team

Caroline Rozensweig

Architectural Designer
Caroline graduated last year from an undergraduate in architecture and design from MIT, and was the first to join the Roofscapes team, upon completion of the MIT DesignX Incubation.

Eva Then

Urban data researcher
In her studies, Eva has specialized in urban studies and computer science. Fluent in french, she helps Roofscapes navigating urban GIS data and as well as business developement.

Eytan Levi

Co-founder
Eytan holds a Master in Architecture and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT. Eytan's long lasting interest lies in the development of innovative schemes that enable the upgrade of existing structures.

Izzi Waitz

Communication Manager
Izzi is a sophomore studying architecture at MIT. Specializing in digital design, media and representation, she is essential to Roofscapes communications and graphic identity.

Jonathon Brearley

Architectural Designer
Jonathon is a 3rd year graduate student at MIT working on a variety of wooden structures and construction. He joined Roofscapes to offer his expertise on the design of our first pilot project.

Olivier Faber

Co-founder
Olivier is a student in the Master of Architecture at MIT, where he works on building science, climate resilience and urban biodiversity preservation. Olivier is a founding member of ClimARCH, a student-led climate advocacy group at MIT.

Tim Cousin

Co-founder
Tim is a student in the Master of Architecture at MIT. As much in design than building and research, Tim as developed an interest in wooden structures, mainly through the scope of digital fabrication and structural optimization.
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Our Team

Caroline Rozensweig

Architectural Designer

Caroline Rozensweig

Architectural Designer
Caroline graduated last year from an undergraduate in architecture and design from MIT, and was the first to join the Roofscapes team, upon completion of the MIT DesignX Incubation.

Eva Then

Urban data researcher

Eva Then

Urban data researcher
In her studies, Eva has specialized in urban studies and computer science. Fluent in french, she helps Roofscapes navigating urban GIS data and as well as business developement.

Eytan Levi

Co-founder

Eytan Levi

Co-founder
Eytan holds a Master in Architecture and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT. Eytan's long lasting interest lies in the development of innovative schemes that enable the upgrade of existing structures.

Izzi Waitz

Communication Manager

Izzi Waitz

Communication Manager
Izzi is a sophomore studying architecture at MIT. Specializing in digital design, media and representation, she is essential to Roofscapes communications and graphic identity.

Jonathon Brearley

Architectural Designer

Jonathon Brearley

Architectural Designer
Jonathon is a 3rd year graduate student at MIT working on a variety of wooden structures and construction. He joined Roofscapes to offer his expertise on the design of our first pilot project.

Olivier Faber

Co-founder

Olivier Faber

Co-founder
Olivier is a student in the Master of Architecture at MIT, where he works on building science, climate resilience and urban biodiversity preservation. Olivier is a founding member of ClimARCH, a student-led climate advocacy group at MIT.

Tim Cousin

Co-founder

Tim Cousin

Co-founder
Tim is a student in the Master of Architecture at MIT. As much in design than building and research, Tim as developed an interest in wooden structures, mainly through the scope of digital fabrication and structural optimization.
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