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Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 23: Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture

on May 16, 2012 at 7:41 am under

Today we have the pleasure to air Paul Kephart’s video presentation “Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Everyone knows Paul as the trend setting ecological designer, native plant guru, and fearless leader of Rana Creek in  Monterey, CA, and he has been a great colleague and supporter of both living roofs and over the years.  His many years of cutting edge design in the living architecture field has made him world famous and very much in vogue for projects around North America and beyond.  He’s been involved in some major iconic projects and we were very excited to have him as one of our esteemed Virtual Summit speakers!

Paul Kephart is the President of Rana Creek and is a renowned expert in ecological consulting and vegetated systems design.  The firm specializes in environmental planning, landscape architecture, habitat restoration, and native plant propagation.  Paul’s approach is to carefully consider each project’s site and to design for a whole ecosystem and the increased health of the land over time along with the desires of his clients.  Paul is best known for his pioneering efforts in Living Architecture on groundbreaking projects such as the California Academy of Sciences, Gap Headquarters, and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Paul says that design can mimic natural processes integrating them into site and structure.  The resulting spaces efficiently utilize ecosystem services enhancing habitat, infrastructure, and user experience within a context of integrated biological systems.  Vegetated systems foster and promote biological treatment of water and air.

Treatment occurs through biological, physical and mechanical processes, all of which can be integrated into buildings systems.  Paul Kephart will discuss large-scale applications of living architecture including the Transbay Transit Center, CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital, and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Enjoy!  Visit to see “Naturalism: Large-Scale Applications of Living Architecture” or click below:

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our 2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our 2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 24th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.