If you are interested in seeing how several living roofs have fared ecologically over a 10-year period, then you must see “The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.
It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.
The wonderful and affable greenroof pioneer Terry McGlade, formerly of Flynn Canada (and Gardens in the Sky), has been designing and installing thousands of square feet of biodiverse greenroofs in the Toronto area, and we know him as a dear colleague. Jenny Hill is a multi-talented PhD candidate who has been working on an interdisciplinary vegetated roof study with the Daniel’s Faculty at the University of Toronto, whose research assesses the hydrological impacts of green roof design decisions.
They teamed up for “The Great Green Roof Review” collaborative video with great success as the retrospective delves into six of the oldest roofs in North America (Earth Rangers East School, Ryerson University, Jackman Avenue School, Toronto Botanical Garden, UTSC Arts & Administration Building, and the Royal Ontario Museum), examining the post-construction phases of greenroof management.
Jen and Terry ask: What happens when the manicured aesthetic ideal is rejected either intentionally or through neglect? What it the long term viability of a greenroof as a piece of ecological urban infrastructure versus its survival as a horticultural canvas? What can we learn from revisiting old projects and how can we design with the evolution of individual sites in mind?
Toronto, Canada. Jenny Hill is a member of the Low Impact Development and Groundwater research groups, in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Her PhD research investigates the relationship between extensive green roof design decisions and their impact on urban hydrology. Jen’s interest in this research arises from her diverse background including an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and master’s degrees in Forensic Science and Landscape Architecture.
Toronto, Canada. Terry McGlade of Flynn Canada is one of Canada’s best known greenroof experts. He is a creative, dynamic forward thinking horticulturalist and landscape designer with 30 years of experience and has been designing and building gardens in the Toronto area since 1982.
Terry created his first roof garden in 1985, and installed his first green roof in 1999.
Read about “The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.
We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!
~ Happy watching,
Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:
“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.
“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.
“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.
“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.
“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.
“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.
“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.
“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing“ by Elizabeth Hart.
“The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.