Ever since we started architecture school, we’ve been interested in tactical urbanism as a strategy to work within the existing fabric of cities. We believe that architects should be responsible for creating bottom-up frameworks to include everyone’s contribution to the built environment. 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.
Through Roofscapes, we want to transform existing cities for the environmental, social and economic changes of the 21st century. We envision a time when real estate development and architectural production will need to work with what’s already built. We believe that climate change will best be mitigated by anticipating its impact through resilience strategies, such as green roofs over surfaces that absorb solar heat. We wish to question and reconfigure the social hierarchies of inherited spatial structures, for instance with green roof networks creating new datums in urban skylines. We thus imagine economic development at the service of environmental and social needs. We hope that you will join us in our journey.