“It’s not easy to be a shopping mall these days,” Reed Moulds, managing director at Sand Hill,tells FastCo.Exist. “We’ve done some research and we haven’t found a single shopping mall that’s started construction since 2006. This is clearly a dying model. That’s on display at Vallco.”
Vallco is a shopping mall in Cupertino, California—a stone’s throw from Apple headquarters in the middle of suburban Silicon Valley. And apparently, it has seen better days. “Half the stores are empty, the food court is abandoned and people leave Yelp reviews talking about their fear of zombie ambushes in the eerie corridors,”
That’s where Moulds comes in. He’s the developer behind a $3 million project to turn the derelict building around. The mall and adjacent parking are set to be transformed into “a vibrant, sustainable, walkable and safe new neighborhood with a mix of retail, dining, entertainment, recreation, offices, housing, open space and public amenities,” according to the company’s website. And the entire space would be topped with a 30-acre green roof—the largest in the world.
Original Article http://ecowatch.com/2015/09/21/worlds-largest-green-roof/