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CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference Call for Proposals

February 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

Presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference is issuing a Call for Proposals. Would you like to present your ideas, research, and/or projects?  Do so to share and promote your work to the North American industry association, members, and colleagues!

CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof Wall Conference Call Proposals

Held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in beautiful Seattle, WA on September 18 – 21, 2017 the theme of CitiesAlive this year is building resilience and equity across Cascadia: people, community and places.

The Pacific Northwest of North America, known as Cascadia, is a land of stunning natural beauty with loads of green infrastructure worthy of boast and surely a region from which to learn.  And Seattle in the fall is simply sublime and coupled with great food, sightseeing, and warm, engaging, and environmentally conscious people, you can’t go wrong!

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will explore the science behind greenroof and wall performance, technology and design.

“Specifically, the proposals we are looking for will focus on how green roof and walls provide benefits for the entire Cascadia region, including:

• Improved physical and mental health and well-being
• Increased resilience to climate change and extreme weather
• Improved water quality in Puget Sound and Cascadia’s other water bodies
• Improved aesthetics and quality of life
• Enhanced social justice

Proposals of innovative design, policy and research from outside of the Cascadia region are also welcomed.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Proposals are due on Friday, March 17, 2017.

As Media Sponsors for CitiesAlive once more, we don’t want you to miss out.

CitiesAlive 15th Annual Green Roof Wall Conference Call Proposals

For more information or to submit your proposal, visit citiesalive.org.  If you are a GRP (or want to become accredited), in the business – whether professional service provider, industry manufacturer or supplier, or someone simply interested in learning more about design, policy, and research – you must attend CitiesAlive.

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

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

Register Now for the 2017 Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure, May 8-10 in Toronto

February 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Register now for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2017 Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure, held on May 8-10 in Toronto!

As Media Partners once again, we want to make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird Registration discounts, ending on March 10, 2017.

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Why Attend?

“Join us and shape a healthier and more resilient future at the Grey to Green Conference: Quantifying Green Infrastructure from May 8-10, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Now in its 5th year, Grey to Green will feature a public forum on May 8th to discuss barriers and opportunities to advance green infrastructure from a variety of professional perspectives. Tuesday, May 9th technical sessions include world renowned designer, Herbert Dreiseitl from Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab who will discuss shaping livable cities with green and blue infrastructure, plus over 50 more expert speakers! On May 10th, take your career even further with one of our many hands-on workshops and tours!” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Held at the Chestnut Convention Centre in Toronto, Grey to Green has a great line-up of speakers, including:

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L to R: Herbert Dreiseitl; Jennifer Keesmaat; Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director, Landscape Ontario; and Steven Peck.

Now in its 5th year, Grey to Green will also feature a Public Forum on May 8th to discuss barriers and opportunities to advance green infrastructure from a variety of professional perspectives.  The Forum includes Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto; Deborah Martin-Downs, CAO, Credit Valley Conservation; Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities; and Scott Torrance, Practice Leader, Scott Torrance Landscape Architect.

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This looks like a great conference with some wonderful people!  Learn more and to register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

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

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

Project of the Week for February 13, 2017: National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

February 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Aerial of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 13, 2016. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/13/17

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National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Washington, D.C., USA
5,800 Extensive Greenroof & approximately 5,500 sq. ft. Intensive Over Structure Greenroof

NOTE: In celebration of Black (African-American) History Month, we are very pleased to showcase the NMAAHC.

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Situated on five acres on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the $540 million National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. The Smithsonian’s first LEED Gold project, it was first proposed by black Civil War veterans 102 years ago and after much debate and opposition from legislators, the museum was finally approved by an Act of Congress. Championed by deceased Republican U.S. Senator Sam Brownback and Democrat Georgia Representative and civil rights campaigner John Lewis, it opened on September 24, 2016. President Obama dedicated the museum and Representative Lewis called it a place that celebrated “the dignity of the dispossessed.” The interior is composed of five large gallery spaces containing over 35,000 artifacts related to African American history, community, and culture, and covers slavery, civil rights, sports, historic black communities, music, visual arts, and more.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

NMAAHC inauguration day with President Obama dedicating the museum under The Porch. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Designed by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, the 420,000 square foot building has a three-tiered shape and is inspired by the Yoruban Caryatid, a traditional wooden column which features a crown or corona at its top. Reaching toward the sky, the bronze-colored filigree corona expresses faith, hope and resiliency. Below, visitors enter through a grand “porch” at the south side. The Porch is an outdoor welcome area and the 175-foot-long steel and concrete canopy shades visitors with its upward tilt. An extensive greenroof planted with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Moerings USA/Sempergreen covers the porch’s overhang. Much of the north lawn is a large intensive greenroof which covers the galleries below and the glass oculus that juts up from the grounds to help illuminate the underground portions. At night, the corona glows, presenting stunning views of the museum from a variety of vantage points in and around the Mall. The location and design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture represent the past, present, and future of the African American experience in ways that are both tangible and symbolic.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The oculus as seen from the interior. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The NMAAHC intensive over structure greenroof on the north side with the glass oculus peeping through. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Year: 2016
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 11300 sq.ft. total approximately
Slope: 1% – 4%
Access: Extensive Greenroof is Inaccessible & Intensive Greenroof is Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The Washington Memorial as seen from the Porch greenroof. Photo courtesy of Moerings USA / Sempergreen.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The filigree allows filtered light to illuminate the space. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractor: Clark/Smoot/Consigli Construction
Architect of Record: The Freelon Group
Architect: Adjaye Associates
Lead Designer: David Adjaye
Architect:
Smith Group JJR
Landscape Architect: GGN – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd
Architect: Davis Brody Bond
Greenroof System Manufacturer: Henry Company
Extensive Greenroof Vegetation Supplier: Moerings USA/Sempergreen
Engineered Soil & Irrigation: 
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Porch Engineers: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Exhibit Design: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Construction of The Porch’s extensive greenroof, laying the pre-vegetated sedum mats, above, and the finished living roof, below, already drawing interest from local wildlife. Photo: Moerings USA / Sempergreen.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

View the National Museum of African American History and Culture 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 National Museum African American History Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/13/17 video photos courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Photo credits: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC except for Hand-painted banner for Obama presidential campaign 2008, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elizabeth Hess; Moerings USA/Sempergreen and Aerial of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 29, 2016, photo by Anthony Lyons, courtesy of Moerings USA/Sempergreen; Exterior of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, July 20, 2016 by Fuzheado – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, on Wikimedia and U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Musician’s Mate Stephen Hassay/Released by Official Navy Page from United States of America MUC Stephen Hassay/U.S. Navy, content in the public domain on Wikimedia.

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Project of the Week for February 6, 2017: B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam

February 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

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B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
23,681 sq. ft. Greenroof Park

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

B. Amsterdam is the biggest startup ecosystem in Europe, a creative co-working and event space for innovation, education, and growth located in the former IBM Headquarters. In 2014 De Dakdokters (The Rooftop Doctors) and GrownDownTown designed and installed an elevated park and edible rooftop garden on the 5th floor as a place accessible to all office workers for relaxation, breaks, and meetings. In 2016 the roof park expanded with a hip industrial restaurant and bar, Bureau, with its own outdoor patio on the roof. As a result, the 5th floor B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam intensive greenroof park is accessible to everyone.

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As an underlayment the designers used a Polder Roof® system to retain water. The greenroof was planted entirely with self-sustaining crops within 90 cubic meters of growing media. At the edge of the pond a small mint meadow grows with eight different flavors of mint, a Mediterranean herb garden as well as a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, bok choy, and leeks. The roof also bears pear trees, grapevines, and ten kinds of berry bushes. Most restaurant products come straight from the rooftop park and are homemade, from mayonnaise to cheesecake. Bureau’s chef Niels Veenvliet changes the menu every two months so patrons can enjoy the ever-changing fresh menu from the roof garden year-round. B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam is a beautiful rooftop park overlooking the city, and Bureau has been added to the list of Amsterdam’s rooftop hotspots. The result is an edible rooftop park equipped with freshly grown produce, a restaurant, large water feature, two pétanque courts, chicken coops, a compost full of worms, rainwater storage system, plenty of seating, and even two decorative Trabant cars nestled on the roof to be enjoyed by resident employees, Amsterdam residents, and city visitors.

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Year: 2014
Owner: B. Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Building Type: Corporate/Commercial
Type: Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 23681 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design: De Dakdokters & GrownDownTown
Greenroof Underlayment: Polder Roof® System
Greenroof Installation: De Dakdokters & GrownDownTown
Greenroof Growing System: Rooffood
Grower: Lindenhoff

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

View the B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam 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 B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/06/17 video photos courtesy of De Dakdokters and B. Amsterdam.

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

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