Sharpen your green infrastructure expertise and learn from the best in the industry at CitiesAlive, the exclusive conference for the green roof and wall industry in North America. Join green roof and wall professionals, suppliers and industry experts as they present advancements in research, design and policy making. Best Price Delegate Pass includes:
• All technical sessions & keynote speakers
• Trade show featuring the industry’s top suppliers & manufacturers
• Hospitality (opening reception, coffee breaks, lunch on trade show floor & Awards of Excellence luncheon)
• Conference recordings
Total value $998 for only $699 USD until June 30th.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
GRHC reminds you that à la carte options are also available including:
• Stormwater Day: This full-day workshop covers the functions of different green roof layers in managing stormwater, existing standards, a review of current regulations, cost-benefit information and much more.
• Training: Enhance your knowledge in specialized subject areas and earn continuing education credits by attending training courses on November 1st.
• Exclusive tours: Gain exclusive access to D.C.’s most outstanding green infrastructure projects.
“Each year, the industry recognizes integrated design and installation excellence as well as outstanding achievements in research, policy, and corporate contribution with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence.
• Design Awards acknowledge excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design and raise awareness of the multiple benefits that green infrastructure can provide clients and the general public.
• The Research Award honors individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in research.
• The Civic Award honors individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the green roof industry in policy development.
• The Living Architecture Monitor Advertising Award honors organizations who have supported the Living Architecture Monitor and employ outstanding ad design in each quarterly issue.
• The President’s Corporate Award honors individuals from GRHC corporate member companies that have made a significant contribution to the green roof and wall industry.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Badajoz, the capital of the Province of Badajoz, Spain, is situated close to the Portuguese border on the left bank of the river Guadiana. Sited next to the Puente Real Bridge, the new 35 million Euro headquarters of the local savings bank Caja Badajoz was designed by Estudio Lamela Architects to create a dialogue with the bridge’s prominent vertical structure and the great width of the river. A representative Dehesa, or montado, landscape characterized by oaks and the extremely dry and hot climate was desired to reflect the local countryside for both private and public spaces. Designed by Cristina Jorge Camacho of Cjcpaisaje using systems from ZinCo, the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park encompasses an extensive greenroof over a massive plinth, intensive greenroofs over structure, and an at-grade rural park.
The landscape project deals with its analysis, design and management through archipelago design; research focuses on analyzing the: normal scale (humans, animals, plants, machines), micro scale (unicellular beings) and macro scale (thermodynamic parameters). Geometric forms include circles, ovoids, and straight lines such as nodes where lines of infrastructure converge and where activities concentrate. Utilizing humus earth and a limestone layer, green areas are concentrated into islands of different sizes and scattered all over the roof where the islands are cool spots inside the hot areas. The open space design in the rural park and in the urban car park is connected with the riverbank; the garden design in the semi-public cultural building base extends across five courtyard patios of different uses including as a cultural center, kindergarten, gymnasium, housing, and garage, and the extensive greenroof design is related to private open space for the 83 meter high, 16-floor office tower. The Caja Badajoz’s initial geometry of islands will change into great continents depending on the wind and the final configuration will be as complex and unpredictable as an original rural landscape.
Year: 2012 Owner: Caja Badajoz Bank Location: Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain Building Type: Commercial Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research System: Single Source Provider Size: 102483 sq.ft. Slope: 10% Access: Intensive Greenroofs: Accessible, Open to Public; Extensive Greenroof: Accessible, By Appointment
The team at Furbish ask, “What do YOU want your greenroof to be?” and “What does your greenroof WANT to be?” A variety of scenarios shares the company’s experience with you, the viewer, and helps you understand how a greenroof is a living machine, an evolving ecology, and that change is the only constant.
Michael Furbish, LEED AP
Pasadena, MD, USA. Michael Furbish is the President and Founder of Furbish. He founded the company in 2003 to specialize in aggressively green building systems and development. Work has included straw-bale construction, natural plasters, solar thermal, passive solar, radiant HVAC, composting toilets, living roofs, and living walls.
Furbish specializes in development, design, installation, and stewardship of build of plant-based building systems. This specialty focuses on the ecosystem functionality of plants to deliver elegant engineering solutions to building performance. Living roofs deliver storm water management, heat island effect, energy efficiency, habitat creation, and aesthetic benefits. Living retaining walls reduce heat island effect, mitigate storm water, facilitate nonpoint-source nutrient discharge, create habitat, and improve aesthetics. Interior living walls remediate VOC’s to improve indoor air quality while delivering dramatic aesthetic feature.
Michael has given many speeches and lectures about plant performance throughout his career, speaking at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the Delaware Nature Society to name a few. He earned his BSIE from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Harvard. Michael maintains his LEED AP designation from USGBC and serves on the Executive Committee of ULI’s Baltimore District Council.
Brad Garner, RLA, GRP
Washington, DC, USA. Brad Garner is the Director of Operations of Furbish. Brad is a registered landscape architect with 18 years experience in on-structure and at-grade landscape design, construction, contract administration and maintenance.
Brad is active in all aspects of the living roof and living wall business, but focusing on specification writing, product development, system design, marketing and supply chain. Brad holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University.
Whitney Griffin, PhD
Baltimore, MD, USA. Whitney Griffin is the Director of Stewardship of Furbish. Prior to joining Furbish full-time, Whitney collaborated with Furbish during her doctoral research at the University of Maryland from 2010 to 2014 on development of EcoCline, Furbish’s proprietary living roof system, developed to provide high stormwater management and a low carbon footprint.
At Furbish, Whitney directs and manages the Stewardship division, which includes initial plant establishment for new projects, and long-term stewardship and care for approximately 150 living roof and living wall projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Primary responsibilities involve developing ecological and horticultural protocols to ensure success, as well as listening to clients to understand their needs and respond in ways that best serve building owners, managers and occupants.
Whitney received her bachelor of science degree as well as her Masters of Science in Horticulture from Auburn University before attending the University of Maryland for her Ph.D. in Plant Science.
Read about “Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.
“The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure. This year, Bogota has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October, after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China and Mexico.
The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300.000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.” ~ WGIC2016
Aramis and I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend several of these World Green Infrastructure Congresses, including in Sydney (2014); Nantes (2013); and Mexico City (2010) – as well as the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference held by WGIN member the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).
And, we are very pleased to do so again this October in Bogotá, where’ll I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for the THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.
What is it?
Most importantly, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is an world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro: objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.Application to THE-NEXT-GREEN awards 2016 is now open to all countries.
Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions. Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions. Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions. Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Each track has two categories:
Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English. Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.
All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.
Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day) Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day) Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.
If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.
Most of all, make sure to visit the website to familiarize yourself with the Congress, the Awards process, and most importantly, the wonderful, exciting, and increasingly green city of Bogotá and country of Colombia!