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2018 Top 10 Hot List Category #3: The Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

on November 30, 2018 at 1:00 am under , , , ,

Top 10 Hot List, 10 Categories, 10 Week Countdown

Take a look at installation number eight in my 10-part series counting down our yearly “Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” by category.

We inaugurated the “Top 10 Hot List” in 2007, and 2018 is packed with some very cool, awesome, and stunning projects located across six continents.

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

I presented my fast-paced and always fun whirlwind tour across the world of living architecture in New York in September at the 2018 CitiesAlive conference.  In order to try and keep to my 30-minute maximum presentation time, I removed several projects and slides, but I’m going to show them all here in this series.

Are you ready to be dazzled and inspired by some of the latest and greatest living architecture projects from across the global greenroof and greenwall industry?

I’ve already shown #10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 & 4 – here’s the next one:

2018 Top 10 Hot List Category #3: The Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

*Note: As promised, I’m showing all the projects originally designed to be included in my 2018 Top 10 List – however, let me say that the recent horrific killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi must be acknowledged.  We vigorously do not want to shed positive publicity on the government of Saudi Arabia and its affiliates, given their supposed actions.  That said, the environmental designs and designers of the two living architecture projects from Dhahran and Riyadh contained here within category #4 certainly merit distinction.

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

Moshir Complex

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

The Moshir Complex promises to be a gorgeous, colorful, and culturally important project, distinguished by its attention to detail and outstanding green infrastructure!

 

*King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

The massive rock keystone formation on top of the building is tempered and subdued with the greenwall entrance and sensitive native greenroof plantings and desert landscape; the glowing light from underneath creates a spectacular backdrop.

 

*KAFD Conference Center

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

The King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center is truly an engineering feat of epic proportions, and kudos to Patrick Blanc for continuing to push the boundaries of finding and utilizing hundreds of native plants outside wherever possible – including in the desert!  And the decidedly non-native lush tropical greenwalls inside create a lovely counterpoint.

 

RISE, American University at Cairo

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

The educators at RISE have created an excellent teaching and learning opportunity plus their community outreach program in Cairo integrating various types of greenroofs, greenwalls, and urban rooftop agriculture!

 

The Sustainable City Dubai

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

#3: Middle East: Arid & Sub-humid Greening of the Desert

Too bad we didn’t have enough time to visit The Sustainable City Dubai complex when we were there earlier this year because it looks stunning and we would have loved to see all of its sustainable design features.  And I just have to give a hearty shout out to one of our favorite people, the spectacular, award-winning Bronx educator Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine, upon whose Fairgreen International School Food Tech Labs program is based upon!

 

Next Week: #2

That’s it for this week.  I hope you enjoyed category #3.  Read Greenroofs.com’s 2018 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design Press Release to learn about all 10 categories.

Join me next week where I’ll present 2018 Top 10 Hot List category #2: Hi & Low-Tech + Living Architecture = Smart Bioclimatic Design

Please do send me suggestions for next year’s Top 10 at [email protected]

 

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall ~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP

 

2018 Top 10 Hot List Categories So Far:
#4: Living Architecture Ecosystem Services: Blending Biophilia Seamlessly with the User Experience
#5: Lushly Landscaped ‘Fractalized’ Terrace Towers
#6: Controlled Environment Agriculture 365 Days a Year: Vertical Soil-free Farming
#7: Overstructure Greenroof Plazas: Green Spaces as Social Catalysts
#8: Sponge Infrastructure: Rebuilding Water Edge Development for Climate Change Resiliency
#9: Eco-Bling to Welcome & Inform
#10: Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

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