How the other half live – this is awesome. My dream location would be on the roof top of NY in a beautiful little house – green and self sufficient through Urban farming. This incredible collection of aerial photographs taken above New York gives a rare glimpse of a hidden rooftop world.
Just a few stories above the non-stop hubbub of city life exists an incredible oasis of lush gardens, restaurants, swimming pools and even tennis courts. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s eco-friendly ‘roofscaping’ initiatives, the tops of dozens of buildings have been transformed into amazing outdoor living spaces and models for green-city living.
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean captured the stunning images for his new book Up on The Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces.
Over the years MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape from beautiful agricultural patterns to geometric city grids.
In the book’s introduction architecture critic Robert Campbell writes: ‘Rooftops will be the lungs of the denser city of the future. ‘As the world urbanizes, the rooftops will connect us with nature, with wind and sun and rain and snow, with the natural processes of growth and decay.’
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