Roof Gardens of Asia

Landscape Outlook, pp. 4-9, Autumn 2013

6 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2013

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Jill Matthews

Korea Research Institute (KRI@UNSW)

Date Written: March 31, 2013


The mega-cities of North Asia are troubled by air pollution, monsoonal flooding and run-off and lack of recreational green space. Residents worry increasingly about food security and climate change. Green roofs can assist with all these issues. The author examines the effect of public policy on the increasing number of of green roofs being installed in Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong. She describes and photographs roof gardens on a university campus, a high school, a law firm, a domestic garage and several department stores.

Keywords: roof gardens, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, mega-cities, air pollution, food security

Suggested Citation

Matthews, Jill, Roof Gardens of Asia (March 31, 2013). Landscape Outlook, pp. 4-9, Autumn 2013, Available at SSRN: or

Jill Matthews (Contact Author)

Korea Research Institute (KRI@UNSW) ( email )

Korea Research Institute
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052


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