The Journal of Living Architecture (JOLA), the official, peer-reviewed, academic journal of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, has announced the appointment of David Tilley, Associate Professor of environmental science and technology, as one of the new Co-Editors-in-Chief.
The JOLA, which was launched in 2013, is written, reviewed, and edited by living architecture professionals, who share successful educational applications, original research findings, scholarly opinions, educational resources, and challenges on issues of critical importance to living architecture.
“The JOLA helps to bring important scientific research to the attention of green roof professionals,” says Steven Peck, founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. He believes the journal will be strengthened because Dr. Tilley has joined their team. “As Co-Editor-in-Chief, it is my hope that we can foster a deeper understanding of living architecture and broaden its impact on the sustainability of the built environment,” says Dr. Tilley, who looks forward to helping lead the JOLA to become a world-class journal.
Dr. Tilley first heard about green roofs ten years ago when the practice of seriously integrating plant-based technologies into buildings and their environments was a new trend. “Today, there are over 10,000,000 square feet of green roof installed in North America,” notes Dr. Tilley. “As the number of scientists, engineers, landscape architects, architects and other allied professional conducting research and creating new designs for living architecture grew, it became evident that a scholarly outlet was needed to communicate with each other, policy makers, regulators, practitioners, building owners and managers.”
Dr. Tilley is currently studying green walls and how they might reduce energy consumption. "I've always been interested in ecosystems and how they can be used to address human problems," says Tilley, whose findings could eventually be used to determine credits toward environmental building certifications.
The open access journal is published quarterly on the Living Architecture Monitor magazine website. The magazine publishes abstracts of each JOLA paper in the quarterly magazine, with links to the full paper online, in order to reach a greater audience. Read latest issue online at (www.livingarchitecturemonitor.com)