Google Earth Ecoroof Tour

One of the fun elements of Google Earth is the steadily growing library of buildings that have been modelled in a simplified 3-D format (perhaps by many of the unfortunately unemployed with time on their hands). I stumbled upon the Multnomah County Green Roof (Amy Joslin Memorial Ecoroof) and thought it was pretty cool.


:: Multnomah County – images via Google Earth

There’s definitely some washed out quality of the vegetation (perhaps due to aerial photography, or perhaps just due to season) – but you can definitely read the vegetative quality, particularly when there is a pattern, such as the banding on the Portland Building Ecoroof below.


:: Portland Building Ecoroof – images via Google Earth

I decided to randomly fly around town, taking some aerial shots of some of the great buildings around town with some greenery… obviously this is not a complete survey, but a fun diversion.


:: Broadway Housing – image via Google Earth

:: SoWa Condos – image via Google Earth

:: OHSU Center for Health and Healing – image via Google Earth

:: Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center – image via Google Earth


:: Brewery Blocks (The Louisa + The Henry) – image via Google Earth

Some of them are unfortunately a bit mis-scaled and badly represented, such as the two small-scale ecoroofs atop the People’s Food Coop building below – nothing like the real thing, which is lovely:

:: People’s Food Coop – image via Google Earth

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