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The Living Roof is an integral part of the California Academy of Sciences. This fascinating 197,000 square-foot rooftop is home to a number of native plant species. There were many challenges in building the roof and it provides far more than a covering for the Academy of Sciences. It’s an important ecological project, a learning laboratory about native plant life, it provides cooling for the interior of the building through its unique design and the unique design of the building, and much more. To learn more about how it was designed, built and what its many functions are, watch the short movie below. It’s fascinating. The photo also pays special recognition to my Alma Mater, UCSF, which you can see on the far right edge of the photo in the distance.
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The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L lens, 1/90 sec at f/13, ISO 200 on SanDisk Extreme IV Digital Film.