Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Hello readers, Our U.S. offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. All of us at DeepRoot wanted to take the opportunity to say Happy Thanksgiving (11/25), Happy Native American Heritage Day (11/26), and Happy first day of Hanukkah (11/28/21). Stay grounded and stay rooted. Whatever day you are... More

Silva Cells at Stadiums Around the World

Silva Cells support trees and their soil while managing stormwater within a variety of landscape design projects; universities and elementary schools, housing, residential apartments, medical centers and hospitals, convention centers, green roofs, on structure, and stadiums of all kinds. Stadiums bear a massive amount of weight, accommodating tons of building material, and gray infrastructure. Tens... More

Signature Tree Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee Silva Cell Case Study: Dortmund Square in Leeds

– Dortmund Square in Leeds City Centre was refurbished with Silva Cells at the base of a London Plane Tree in 2013. The results, eight years later, are stunning. – Leeds City Council endeavored to refurbish the square located off the Headrow by improving walkways, street lighting, and seating to open and enhance the space... More

Future Streets – How Autonomous Vehicles Could Radically Transform the Streetscapes We Know and Use Today

Much of our focus at DeepRoot is on streetscapes, and as such we find it interesting to think about how these areas could change in the future. Our urban environments have evolved over the last 120 years from horses dominating our city streets to combustion engine vehicles. Now we see a new shift as autonomous... More

92 Trees Enhance Downtown Banff, Alberta: A Silva Cell Case Study

– In 2021, a near 30-year-old vision to create a cohesive, connected, and safe thoroughfare came true for both Bear and Moose streets in Banff, Alberta. – Embodying the natural beauty of cascading mountains and the National Park surrounding the town, designers WSP and The Tula Project incorporated 92 street trees along the redesigned Bear... More

Greenville, South Carolina, Silva Cells Then and Now: Case Study

– One of DeepRoot’s earliest Silva Cell projects involved Jim Urban, FASLA, and Drew Smith of Greenville, South Carolina. – 13 years later, two additional Silva Cell projects are complete, and the city has continued to prioritize green infrastructure—a big contributor to the strengthening of the downtown economy, and a strong lure to new, permanent... More

How Much Soil Do You Need to Grow a Big Tree?

It seems pretty universal that everyone likes trees. We find them pretty, and calming, and they make us feel healthy. Space, pollutants and engineering requirements are all major factors that affect the growing conditions for urban trees. But other than picking a climate-appropriate tree, soil availability is one of the biggest elements in their success... More

Miami Beach Convention Center Silva Cell Case Study

*The MBCC is open for conferences, after a year of closure due to COVID-19. The convention center hosts COVID-19 testing outside of its building. Since opening in 1958, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) has hosted events ranging from iconic sports matchups and political conventions to renowned art shows. Muhammad Ali’s first heavyweight championship bout... More

Barcelona Eixample District Takes On Green Space: Applying Learnings From COVID-19

– Barcelona is adding over 33 hectacres of green space in its most populated district. – Construction to begin in June 2022. At the heart of all of the design? Trees. By 2026 every resident in the Eixample district of Barcelona will be no more than 650 feet (200 meters) from a green space announced... More

17 Trees Provide Shade and Stormwater Management in D.C. Capitol Hill Neighborhood: A Silva Cell Case Study

– A pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined, multiuse structure blocks away from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was completed in 2017. – The 17 trees that surround 128 luxury residence buildings covering the entire block at 777 C Street St Pennsylvania Ave. SE help to achieve principles of new urbanism, support neighborhood activity, and well-being, and harvest... More