National Geographic : 2009 May
• In the heartland of American industry---Dearborn, Michigan, where Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing---nature makes a comeback on one of the world's largest green factory roofs (above). Ford Motor Company installed sedums on the 10.4-acre expanse to reduce runoff from the site. New York's Empire State Building gleams in the windows of architectural firm Cook + Fox (right). Specialists in green buildings, the designers wanted their own space to reflect the fact that more plants in more places make for more livable cities.