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Mingo Design Reclaims Ugly Downtown Manhattan Roofscapes

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Kari Elwell Katzander, the owner and principal designer of a novel landscaping company in New York City is on a mission. Her company, Mingo design creates a new kind of vertical urban Manhattan landscape, by integrating Green Roof technology and Living walls.

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“I think of Manhattan rooftops as underdeveloped real-estate. Building owners need not look any further for purchasing more space, but rather to reinvent the outdoor space that they already own” says Kari.

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She creates private outdoor rooms, including hideaways and secret recesses; into spaces that comfort, calm and rejuvenate city dwellers.

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To build their vertical plant-scapes, first Mingo grows the plants horizontally for a few months to allow for the roots to thoroughly integrate into the soil, which then holds the soil in place after they go extremely vertical.

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As Kari puts it: “Who would have thought all of these ugly rooftops would be, in the end, the possible solution to the Manhattan’s environmental issues…..reducing energy consumption and storm water run off.”

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One comment so far to “Mingo Design Reclaims Ugly Downtown Manhattan Roofscapes”
  1. Kari Lønning Says:

    Ivy seems like such an obvious plant for green walls. Getting it started horizontally solves the wait and legginess of having it climb! I loved the quiet simplicity of the wall and the space.

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