Chlorophyllocity ~ Ingenuity in Motion

Projects and Research Interests

Driven by pragmatic curiosity, my research interests include spontaneous urban vegetation, the notion of novel ecosystems, soil development, and all facets of urban ecology. My projects are generally centered on creating new habitats, and on exploring innovative alternatives to the status quo.   Follow the links for more information.

Re-imagining 50 Stokes Croft: urban renewal in Bristol

I had the honour to consult on the plant and soil specifications for a holistic design-build in Bristol, at the City Road gateway to Stokes Croft. Eudaimon's "defining urban ecology project" is transforming a tough, unloved urban site into a living, breathing place. Emphasis is placed on ecological design through materials, methods and ideas; plant selection includes species of cliffs and walls and even some endemics of the Avon Gorge. Learn more at Eudaimon's website.

Naturpark Tiroler Lech: Nature on the roof (Tirol, Austria)

Mature spontaneity: a survey of Granville Island's
moss roofs (Vancouver, BC)

Habitat, urban agriculture and self-propelled delivery: YWCA rooftop garden (Vancouver, BC)

In addition to providing fresh + local produce for the women of Downtown Eastside, YWCA Vancouver is keen to help out local wildlife and pollinators.  Chlorophyllocity advised on plant selection, placement, and acquisition, as well as wildlife amenities. To learn more about the YWCA rooftop garden, click here.

Species lists for green roofs and living walls in the Pacific Northwest (2006-2008)

As an ecologist, it's fun to work internationally because there is so much to learn! Working for NATS Nursery, a native plant nursery in Langley, BC, helped jump start my knowledge-base of the species and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest biome, and collaborations with BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology connected me with the local green roof industry. Below are some projects to which I contributed.

Good times with extremely detailed planting plans on NATS' experimental roof.

The Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project achieved its LEED Platinum rating for numerous reasons, including 6 ha of native species on its roof. NATS propagated all the plants in a peat-free potting mix, which involved much experimentation.

Paradise Cityscapes and NATS worked together in developing species lists for the various climates of Vancouver Island. The  climate in Ucluelet (west coast), for example, presents new challenges for green roof plants.

 The Vancouver Sun "Gardens in the City" for 2007 involved a green roof display in a very prominent location, designed by Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architects. The display remained planted for over 2 years, in spite of the building owners intent to replace the planters with petunias at the first sign of shabbiness.

Visit the BCIT website for more information on the BCIT Elevated Research Platform.

NATS Nursery worked closely with Genevieve Noel (Mycelium Urban Biodiversity Interfaces) on developing species lists for outdoor living walls.

O-An Zendo (Julian Woods, PA)

The 300 ft2 roof on the entrance to the O-An Zendo in the intentional community of Julian Woods (Pennsylvania) is covered with shade tolerant green roof plants. For more information on the project visit the Projects Database.