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World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2017 Berlin Call for Papers is Due on January 31

January 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Are you interested in presenting in awesome Berlin, Germany at the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 held from June 20 – 22?  If so, the Call for Papers is due on January 31, 2017.

World Green Infrastructure Congress WGIC 2017 Berlin Call for Papers

Named after the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) which has been organizing the event since 2007 annually in a different member country, this year the WGIC (World Green Infrastructure Congress) 2017 – Designing with Nature is organized by the Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (FBB, the Professional Green Roof Association) with the support of WGIN and the European Federation of Green Roofs & Walls (EFB, Europäische Föderation der Bauwerksbegrünungsverbände e.V.).  The Congress will be presented with simultaneous translation in English and German.

World Green Infrastructure Congress WGIC 2017 Berlin Call for Papers

About the WGIC 2017:

“The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a multi-day event concerning the greening of buildings (greening of roofs, façades and indoor areas) with the associated accompanying topics (e. g. urban climate, rainwater management, sustainability). At the end of the congress, there is the possibility to participate in excursions to special green roofs and façades in Berlin.

The congress offers:

  • Knowledge transfer of greening of buildings (greening of roofs, façades and indoor areas);
  • Showing of best practice examples;
  • Transfer of knowledge by industry experts from Germany and abroad in [a] parallel series of lectures and discussion rounds;
  • Networking.  Meeting point.  Addressing new target groups;
  • Interdisciplinary exchange of experience between city representatives, architects, city planners, urban water developers, industrial and property representatives, manufacturers, processors, researchers, associations, politicians, and other interested parties.” ~ World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2017

Call for Papers

Please submit your application in German or English with the complete data and documents requested using the form on the Congress website at the latest by January 31, 2017.  An international committee will review the submitted applications and give feedback by February 10, 2017 if you are accepted as a speaker or if they give a recommendation for a poster exhibition.

Call for Posters

Please submit your application in German or English with the complete data and documents at the latest by March 31, 2017 using the form on the Congress website.  You will be notified by April 10, 2017 regarding your acceptance.

Besides scientific topics, various ideas of specific initiatives and strategies of greening buildings are desirable. Please submit your application in German or English. In case of special suitability the poster can be published in the conference transcript.  Note: Poster booking only possible for registered participants of the congress.” ~ World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2017

I’m happy to say that I will be a reviewer this year and look forward to reading about all of your ideas plus the exciting projects newly constructed or on the boards!

World Green Infrastructure Congress WGIC 2017 Berlin Call for Papers

For any additional information, please visit the conference website at World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017.  For questions, use their online Contact form.

Aramis and I will be in Berlin (our first time, can you believe it?) this June, and we are really looking forward to hear from and meet new colleagues, see old friends, and visit some spectacular and important green infrastructure sites in this historic city.  We hope to see you there!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for January 16, 2017: CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

January 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

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CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care
Philadelphia, PA, USA
145,000 sf. Greenroofs & Below Grade Parking Garage (On Structure Greenroof)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, was founded in 1855 as the U.S.’s first pediatric hospital. Built in 2015 and designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, FKP as Architect of Record, and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the LEED Silver Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at CHOP revolutionizes care for children, standing as the nation’s most state-of-the-art facility for outpatient medicine. The curving, colorful exterior is stacked to create an undulating, playful form and features two intensive greenroofs: the 3-acre Buerger Plaza garden at ground level (with a five-level underground parking garage below), and an innovative new multi-purpose rooftop garden crowning the six-story wing that provides therapeutic activities and a respite from the hospital. In addition, small structures on both the Plaza and the Sixth Floor are topped with extensive greenroofs.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Turner Construction performed one of the largest excavations of its kind in the city and built the largest green roof in Philadelphia, the sprawling 3-acre landscaped plaza. The greenroof plaza incorporates 166 trees, over 3,600 shrubs and 16,000 flowering perennials as well as four separate water fountains and informal lawns. Roofmeadow designed the profiles for both the Plaza and the Sixth Floor with assemblies ranging from 7.00 – 53.00 inches of media and sub-surface irrigation. This garden provides horticultural therapy within its winding paths, large shade trees, and meadows. In addition to its colorful vegetation, amenities include seating, a pergola, and playful fountain. All greenroofs were created using rooflite® green roof growing media. Approximately 6,700 cubic yards were used in total between three products to mimic and improve upon natural soil horizons: rooflite Intensive; rooflite Intensive Base; and rooflite Drain. Providing a stunning addition to the skyline of west Philadelphia, the CHOP Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care is a perfect example of combining various types of greenroofs to create a varied and lush urban landscape above structure while offering a positive and holistic medical experience.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Year: 2015
Owner: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Healthcare
Type: Intensive & Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 145000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Plaza – Accessible, Open to Public; Six Floor – Accessible, Open to Patients and Staff Only

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design Architect, Building Exterior and Public Spaces: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Architect of Record, Medical Planning and Clinical Interiors: FKP Architects
Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Growing Media: rooflite®
Greenroof System Designer: Roofmeadow
Landscape Contractor: Sean’s Landscaping, Inc.
Graphics & Wayfinding, and Interior Design: Stanley Beaman & Sears

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

View the CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week CHOP Buerger Center Advanced Pediatric Care

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/17/17 video photos courtesy of rooflite, CHOP, Roofmeadow, PRNewswire 2015 © Jeff Goldberg/Esto, and Jeffrey M. Vinocur under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license on Wikimedia Commons.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for January 2, 2017: Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review

January 2, 2017 at 1:02 am

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

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Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review
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2016 Projects of the Week

In 2016 we featured many different varieties of greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Join us for a quick look at these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review video!  And except for Antarctica, we covered all of the remaining six continents.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page where you can click on each photo to go more in-depth in its Blog feature, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Also visit our Projects page to search for examples of living architecture in your neck of the woods or anywhere on Earth ~ and please send us your own profiles to share with the world! Submit Your Project Profile.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

2016 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

Thank you to our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez for putting this and all of our Projects of the Week videos together!  And thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

See it below or watch it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2017, and always, we say:

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

In Memoriam: Caroline Menetre Totten

December 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

With great regret and a heavy heart, we share the passing of the lovely and talented Caroline Menetre Totten of AML Leukemia with family and friends by her side on October 30, 2016.  Our heartfelt condolences are shared with her husband Dave Totten, family, friends, and colleagues she had accumulated in her joyous 60 years from both within and beyond the greenroof and greenwall world.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline Menetre Totten

She was a dear, dear colleague of mine and Aramis and had become a wonderful friend to me.  It has been hard for me to finish this In Memoriam but Caroline deserves to be honored and recognized for the witty, funny, warm soul that she is, and what she meant to me.  For the past several years she had been an independent landscape designer, environmental horticulturist, and local organic garden manager. Yet many of you in our business knew her from being Greenroofs.com’s Student Intern from 2008 – 2009; with a chuckle she always said she was probably the oldest student intern ever – but loved it!  Caroline graduated in 2009 North Metro Tech in Atlanta with a degree in Environmental Horticulture with a specialization in Sustainable Urban Horticulture.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Greenroofs.com Editors Caroline Menetre, Patrick Carey, Haven Kiers, and Linda and Aramis Velazquez at our exhibitor booth at CitiesAlive in Vancouver, B.C. in 2010.

Caroline with camera and field notebook in hand, August 2008.

We met in 2008 when Janet Faust (formerly with JDR Enterprises here in Alpharetta, and also a dear colleague) was teaching an Environmental Horticulture class at North Metro Tech and had asked me to come in and talk to the students about greenroofs. This was Caroline’s second degree – her first was in Commercial Art from Mississippi University for Women.  In fact, before moving to Marietta, Georgia she was employed for 20 years as senior art director with one of northwest Florida’s most established and successful advertising agencies.  But in her career change and new life in Georgia, she wanted to concentrate on her love of ecological landscape design and gardening, and in particular greenroofs and greenwalls along with vertical agriculture/urban farming.

Caroline and I clicked from the beginning, and we were so lucky she agreed to collaborate with us on diverse projects, including building our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database; setting up the design of this Sky Gardens blog; helping me weed and maintain “my” greenroof project here for the City of Alpharetta – The Greenroof Pavilion & Greenroof Trial Gardens of Rock Mill Park and also helping me with the layout and design for its outdoor interpretive greenroof and Cherokee heritage book for the City; re-designing the look of our (former) yearly calendars; and artwork for our inaugural biennial 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit (plus through 2015), among many other design and local projects such as greenroof information sharing work with a local Girl Scouts troop and elementary school, and so much more.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

On top of The Greenroof Pavilion in Alpharetta, GA, 2008. It may not look like it, but we do have safety gear in place.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Girl Scout Daisy Troop at Rock Mill Park under The Greenroof Pavilion, 2010.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Here we are at Birmingham Falls Elementary School planting a couple of modular greenroof units to show the kids what types of plants work well, 2010.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

For our 2011 Virtual Summit Caroline greened up our International Pavilion template from 6Connex to really represent the lushness of our greenroof and greenwall industry.

We went on many adventures together, and she started attending the CitiesAlive conferences with us in 2008 in Baltimore through Nashville in 2014.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

2008 Greenroofs.com Editors & Friends dinner in Baltimore during the then named Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference (now CitiesAlive). Caroline is second from the left.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Manfred Koehler, Caroline, Linda, and Trish Luckett at Saul’s Nursery during the “Goodbye City, Hello Burbs” Tour at the 2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline, left, in 2010 visiting Uncommon Ground restaurant and rooftop farm in Chicago during the CitiesAlive Purple Line Tour. Middle: co-owner Helen Cameron, right: fellow tour goer.

Always the artist, she never went anywhere without her camera, and had a sensitive sense of style and composition, always capturing the fun, uniqueness, and beauty of a setting.  While we were in Baltimore in 2008 Ed Snodgrass invited Aramis, Caroline and me along with Trish Luckett, Tom Liptan, Dr. Brad Rowe, and Kirsten Getter to visit Emory Knoll Farms, which was fantastic for many reasons – read about it here.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Along the fields and nature trails on the Emory Knolls Farm property we also visited the testing area for greenroofs, greenwalls, solar panels, the old barn, bee hives, and the nearly 10,000 sf of greenhouse space and acres of stock plants.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline standing in front of one of Ed’s more humorous ways to incorporate sedums in an art form.

Caroline shot lots of photos and played around with several of them with art effects which you can appreciate below:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

A member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Caroline was on our Local Host Committee when the Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference was held here in Atlanta in 2009.  Along with Janet, we all served on the Tours Committee and Caroline lent her years of experience in graphics advertising and editorial publications to create the Atlanta Green Roofs Tours 2009 brochure:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Because of Caroline’s love for greenwalls, in January 2011 Caroline and I flew up to New York and attended the Green Living Technologies’ Professional Installer Certification Training.  We had a great time with George Irwin and made lots of new friends including Steve and Lizette Ritz, plus learning a lot, too.  You can read her blog post GLT in NYC: A Weekend of Training, Education, & Fun for more.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Lynn Torgerson, Liz Holloway, Caroline, Linda, and Naomi Person at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School where a student-led greenwall was installed after the GLT training in mid January, 2011.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

On our way home to the airport, we had a chance to visit the beautiful NBC Experience Shop Greenwall installed by George Irwin and Steve Ritz’s students in 2011.

And in September 2011 I interviewed French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, renown for his stunning Le Mur Végétal or Vertical Gardens – in Chicago for our inaugural 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.  Caroline accompanied me along with my son Joey, the videographer (she said she didn’t care what she had to do – carry my bags, etc. – but she just had to come along and meet him!).  Of course, she did help a lot!  She was a huge fan of his, and you can see Caroline in action in her introduction of Patrick in our video “The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.”

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

L to R: Caroline, Linda, and Patrick Blanc.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in the Windy City as you can see below; to learn more, read Caroline and my September 14, 2011 blog post Notre Voyage Fantastique: Chicago & Patrick Blanc.  Enjoy some of Caroline’s photo art, too:

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

We finagled our way up to see the Apple Store greenroof and had some great views!

Although born in Mississippi, Caroline always considered herself a Florida girl, having lived there for 24 years – or at least a beach girl – and was happiest on the beach. In 2014 Caroline wed the love of her life, Dave Totten, and they were able to spend a good amount of time on Siesta Key, Florida throughout their time together.  Dave is a great guy and Aramis and I had fun with them whenever we got together.

Caroline’s family was priority number one in her life, and along with husband Dave she is survived by her brother Brian Menetre, sister Mary Ellen Menetre Edwards, stepdaughter Alaina and stepson Eric Totten, many nieces and nephews, and six great nephews and three great nieces.  She loved being a great aunt and always proudly shared photos and updates with everyone.

In fact, Caroline loved life and giving of herself to others.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

I’ll miss her beautiful smile, our impromptu lunches, and going to the Fox Theatre to see the plays Mamma Mia and Wicked, and mostly her kind and gentle soul.

Caroline’s family held a lovely Celebration Life for her on November 5, 2016 in Marietta, GA.  Please feel free to share your comments below, or send me photos to add at: linda@greenroofs.com.

In Memoriam Caroline Menetre Totten 2016

Caroline, you will be greatly missed by all!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher