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Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote Video by Diana Balmori

April 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting our Keynote presentation “Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote Video from the inspiring Dr. Diana Balmori, landscape designer and principal of Balmori Associates based in New York City.

Recognized internationally for her creative interplay between landscape and architecture, Diana has been on the leading edge of design for decades.  In fact, Diana was named as one of 2013’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” from Fast Company – at # 3, no less – plus one of ten Innovators by Architectural Digest (September 2013).

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We have known the dedicated Diana since 2002, where we both spoke at the Earth Pledge Foundation in NYC.  I was as inspired by her then as I am wowed by her now ~ she is a wonderful representation of female leadership!

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New York, NY, USA.  “Diana Balmori founded Balmori Associates in 1990. The landscape and urban design practice is recognized internationally for designing sustainable infrastructures that serves as an interface between landscape and architecture. In 2006, she created BAL/LABs within Balmori Associates, to further push the boundaries of architecture, art and engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City, among others.

Diana keeps an active voice in national policy and decision-making on topics that relate to landscape design, architecture and urban planning.  She has served as: member of The United States Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC; a member of the Allston Development Group at Harvard University, Boston, MA; on the Board of The Van Alen Institute, New York City; The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the World Trade Center Site, New York City; and as a Committee Member for the Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House. Since 1993 she has been a Critic at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.”  ~ Read her complete bio here from the VS2015.

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Video production by Stacked Up TV Productions. Visuals by Joseph Maida, Mark Dye, Efrain Mendez / archframe.net, Bilbao Ria 2000, University of Iowa, and Balmori Associates with the design teams of each project.

You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Dr. Diana Balmori shares on the subject:

1) Her 2005 research piece/inventory study on Long Island City and how this “Asthma Alley” could affect a direct health-oriented benefit, resulting in greenroofs atop Silvercup Studios and the Gratz Industries Company;

2) How greenroofs have enormous implications playing an urban role as open space and as connectors, creating benefits of a public park without the huge costs of land purchase;

3) How greenroofs are a simple tool we could us to contrast climate change, if used at the macroscale;

4) Her large masterplan with sweeping, continuous  greenroofs for the new governmental city Sejong in South Korea introduced the idea of a landscape taking the primordial organizing idea to organize the architecture – based on the previous forms of the mountains and rivers;

5) Why greenroofs are a revolutionary tool at these levels: Building – by altering the relation between landscape and architecture to the benefit of both; City –  by reducing the heat island effect; River – by preventing floods and cleaning drainage water; Living Being – by improving our health.

Watch the 9:52 video presentation “Green Roofs to New Cities” now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” Keynote Video by Stephan Brenneisen

April 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

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Today we are spotlighting our Keynote presentation “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” from the engaging Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, greenroof and biodiversity expert and head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil, Switzerland.

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Aramis and I have known the gentle but passionate Stephan for many years, and had the pleasure of romping around the city of Basel as well as the beautiful countryside back in 2005 with him during a conference he organized.

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Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Stephan Brenneisen “conducts research and advises on green roof policies and designs as the head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

A member of the collective UG LAB, he is a true leader and pioneer in the green roof field for over 15 years, Stephan has opened many doors in the green roof world and challenged how we think of green roof biodiversity. Continuously without fail, he has demonstrated his ingenuity and critical thinking about ecosystems, urban greening, substrates and how we interact in our world. A well known international speaker and a true educator he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge through teaching, writing and cutting edge research. He also has created a successful model for policy and green roof implementation in Basel and Zurich and is constantly creating new green solutions for improving our urban habitats.”  ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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Biodiversity has been a leading topic here at the Virtual Summit.  You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Dr. Stephan Brenneisen shares on the subject of why and how we can design to be very biodiverse, for ecological purposes:

1) What kind of species can benefit from green roofs? Why species need to be mobile or flying, such as spiders, grasshoppers, and snails; learn about his “Green Roof Process-Correlation Model”;

2) What kind of ecosystem is a green roof?  Reasons why the more growing media substrate (and more water holding capacity) you can give on a greenroof, the greater the opportunities for biodiversity;

3) What kind of green roof design is beneficial for urban wild life? How we need to learn from natural habitats of similar conditions to recreate micro habitats on greenroofs for various animal species;

4) Background: Status of green roofs in Switzerland/Basel based on rare beetle and grasshopper species that have been established on greenroofs and how to encourage these species of wildlife through design measures;

5) Size of greenroofs and metapopulation aspects: How large does the greenroof need to be, how many individuals does a population need to be stable to encourage reproduction of particular species?

Watch the 25:57 video presentation “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

Happy Earth Day! Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” Keynote Video by Ken Yeang

April 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Happy 45th Earth Day!  We all know that through sustainable design and nature-based architecture we can leave a more sustainable Earth community to our children, grandchildren, and beyond.

In celebration of honoring our planet’s ecology and healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from Greenroofs.com‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.

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Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.

Starting alphabetically by presentation title and with the Keynotes, today we are spotlighting our Opening Keynote presentation “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” from the wonderful Dr. Ken Yeang, of Ken Yeang Design International and Hamzah & Yeang, with offices in Malaysia, UK, and China.  I’ve known the indomitable Ken for for a few years now since he and I both spoke in Singapore in 2010, and his groundbreaking leadership in architecture has been truly inspirational – not to mention avant-garde.

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London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Best recognized worldwide as the green architect and creator of the “bioclimatic skyscraper” itself, Ken is also a sensitive ecologist and planner, “known for his authentic ecology-based work on the theory and signature ecoachitecture and ecomasterplanning that have a distinctive hirsute verdant green aesthetic, carrying out design and research in this field since 1971.  He graduated from the AA School (London) and received his doctorate in ecological design and planning from Cambridge University (UK).

Ken has completed over 12 bioclimatic eco high-rise buildings, several thousand dwellings (terraced houses), over two million sq. ft. of interior design space, numerous eco-masterplans and eco-city designs, and has overall completed over a hundred building projects of all types worldwide.  Yeang lectures extensively in over 30 countries at conferences and schools of architecture on his ideas and work on ecological design and masterplanning.”  ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

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I had the very distinct pleasure of interviewing Ken a couple of months ago for the Virtual Summit.  Our oldest son, Joey (film/writer guy), and I caught up with him at his in London office for my “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” Keynote Video interview.  We had a hoot filming him and I’ll take this opportunity to once again thank him and his associates!

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You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Dr. Ken Yeang shares:

1) His philosophy, ecological design agenda, and specifics regarding architectural devices of the Solaris, National Library of Singapore, and the EDITT Tower (the Ecological Design in the Tropics) among others;

2) How he was influenced early on from studying under Ian McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania;

3) The concept of “ecomimicry” as compared to biomimicry;

4) The biointegration of four ecoinfrastructural armatures of green design in order to be an overall coherent system – involving 4 color codes of green (nature’s utilities, ecology of the land, biodiversity balancing, ecological connectivity); grey (engineering infrastructure including renewable energies, zero energy, net waste, materials); blue (water management including sustainable drainage, closing the loop, rainwater recycling); and red (lifestyles including human infrastructures of material use and regulatory systems);

5) His thoughtful, in-depth advice to graduating or new architects entering our field today and his vision for the future of architecture.

Coming in at exactly 59:00, I am confident you will enjoy Ken’s deep commitment to ecology; environmental-centric, yet philosophical design aesthetic; and sharp wit (and very funny laugh)!

Watch “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

Registration fee:

$49 – special discounted pricing;

$25 for students/faculty and government professionals

All Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts, & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand +
Networking Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015

Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.  Register here.

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Registration Open through May 31st for the Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2015

We hope you will support our work!  Please remember that these video presentations will not be made public for at least one year.

Happy Earth Day and beyond,

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for April 20, 2015: SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)

April 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/20/15

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SOLARIS,
Fusionopolis (Phase 2B), One North
Singapore
32,152 sf Greenroofs
3,272 sf Atrium Planter Boxes
44,293 sf Green Ramp
1,765 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

SOLARIS is a 15 story office building located in the Fusionopolis hub in central Singapore’s One-North Business Park, an area dedicated to research and development in technology, media, physical sciences & engineering industries. Since the site was originally a military base, most of the original ecological system had been destroyed. Designed by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang, the architect’s response was to conserve what little greenery there was by building on areas which would cause the least ecological damage, helping to improve the site’s biodiversity simply through the positioning of the building.

SOLARIS is comprised of two towers connected with a passively-ventilated central atrium. Office floors are linked by a series of sky terraces which span the atrium at upper floors. The architect designed over 8,000 square meters landscaping, a total more than the area of building. The “eco-building” replaced the original site with a ratio of 108% of landscape to site area. The “green ramp” at SOLARIS is a 1.5 kilometer linear, continuous landscape ramp that was built to connect the ground level to the upper levels of the building, linking the basement Eco-cell with a cascading sequence of roof-gardens at the highest levels. The building has accomplished a 36% reduction in overall energy consumption by integrating fully landscaped areas directly into the facade of the building. A dramatic vision of the possibilities inherent in Skyrise greenery design, 95% of the project’s total landscaped area is above ground level.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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SOLARIS is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week 4/20/15 Replay in honor of its designer, the green architect, ecologist and planner Ken Yeang who is the Opening Keynote for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Enjoy his lively hour-long interview by Linda Velazquez for an in-depth look into Ken’s signature bioclimatic eco-architecture plus much more insight into SOLARIS itself, now playing though May 31, 2015.

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Year: 2010
Owner: SoilBuild Group Holdings
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 84,777 sq.ft.
Grade: 1 – 7%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Design: T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
Architect of Record: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: PEB Consultants
Facade Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte.) Ltd.
Sustainability Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte.) Ltd.
Photographer: Albert Lim

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B), One North Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or wall, green ramp, atrium planter boxes…)!

~ Linda V.