Special Greenroofs.com Discount: Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, Brooklyn on June 20-21, 2018

June 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm

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Special Greenroofs.com Discount – GRS300

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

Only 2 Weeks to Go!

Since Greenroofs.com is a Marketing Partner for the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit and the Future Food-Tech Summit in New York, you can use the discount code GRS300 to register and save $300 on a delegate pass!

Six Technology Innovators Pitching Live at Indoor AgTech

Greenroofs.com Discount Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit 2018The Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit on June 20-21 in Brooklyn, New York will focus on the role that vertical and indoor farming can have in serving local, regional and national food systems, and new opportunities for investment and collaboration.

If you’re looking for breakthrough technologies in indoor and vertical farming, don’t miss the opportunity to meet six dynamic agtech start-ups who will pitch their solutions live.

Technologies in the spotlight include robotics, automation and machine-learning, sensors and software, plant science and fertilizers.

Meet the Start-Ups

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Each start-up will have 7 minutes to present their technology and business strategy to the panel of investor ‘Sharks’, including John Dombrosky, Micki Seibel, and high profile summit audience of leading international operators and agrifood businesses, major food retailers and investors.

Keynote Nate Storey, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at Plenty

Hosted by Rethink Events, the company spoke to Keynote Nate Storey, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at Plenty to discuss the company’s meteoric rise and its ongoing mission to make affordable fresh produce accessible to everyone.

What changes are needed to the current distribution model for this to happen, and what are the new technologies and approaches that will support the growth of indoor farming?

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Nate joins the stellar line-up of major operators, investors and technology innovators as the industry is welcomed to Brooklyn in two weeks.  Read the full interview.

Join These Decision Makers

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Don’t Miss the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, June 20-21, 2018 at the New Lab, Cumberland Gate in Brooklyn

Dates: June 20-21, 2018
Venue: The New Lab, Cumberland Gate, Brooklyn, New York, USA
https://indooragtechnyc.com/
@IndoorAgTech #IndoorAgTech

Download the full program, and for full information visit: https://indooragtechnyc.com/

Delegate places are filling fast.  Secure your place now and register with Discount Code GRS300 to maximize your networking opportunities and start connecting with potential new partners!

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for June 4, 2018: Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

June 4, 2018 at 4:22 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green WallsTag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls
Cairo, Egypt
25,833 sf Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: June 4, 2018

After I spoke at the recent 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait City, last February, Aramis and I had the pleasure of meeting Tarek Hosny, one of the founders of Schaduf, based in Cairo.  My presentation was entitled “2018 Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Hot Regions” and Tarek wanted to introduce me to his work.

But I told him I was already familiar with some of it due to my research of the MENA area, and was looking forward to receiving more info so we could feature some of their projects.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Schaduf has been involved with sustaining Cairo’s low income communities through rooftop farming and other sustainable landscapes since 2011.  In fact, the Arabic word “schaduf” refers to an ancient irrigation tool, which lifts water to irrigation canals.

The company says, “In our case, we lift water, sunshine, and life to barren concrete walls and roofs.”  Very appropriate!

By the way, there are many living architecture projects in Egypt, and the ones I highlighted in my presentation were from RISE (Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment) at the American University at Cairo, whose work we’d also like to showcase in the future.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Mini Description & Details

Developed by Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD), Tag Sultan in Cairo is the first phase of the visionary Teegan Development.  Tag Sultan offers a unique living experience with diverse residential unit types to suit all tastes and needs: apartments, duplexes and villas with distinguished contemporary designs and a wide range of spaces, spread over 300,000 square meters.

Built with the purpose of a lively and healthy lifestyle, the colorfully planted compound is centered on a large landscaped public park.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Tag Sultan photo and illustration from Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

But due to electrical needs, 11 generator rooms were placed in spaces originally allocated for green areas and obstructed the landscape view.  The Schaduf team came up with the idea to cover all those rooms that dot the flowing design of the compound with hydroponic green walls.

Designed by Schaduf landscape architects, the challenges faced were that the green walls, the irrigation system, and water pipes had to be built with proximity to electrical wires.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Completed in five months, they designed a three layered model: the first layer is made of steel studs to form the base, the second is an isolation layer, and the final layer is the geotextile where the plants are placed. The last part of the process was deciding on the type of the plants depending on the sun direction, amount of natural light during the day, the climate, color combination, and water needs.

As the Egyptian climate is hot and sunny, plants like the Spanish cactus and Schefflera that can retain water and tolerate sun were chosen.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

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The objectives of the Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls were to cool the micro climates around the generators, reduce sound pollution, blend the buildings with the landscape, and improve the experience through design and nature.

The result is an inspired urban green solution which created sustainable spaces and elevated the quality of life for all of the Tag Sultan residents.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Year: 2018
Owner: Madinet Nasr Housing Development
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Building Type: Multi-Family Residential
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
Size: 25833 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Developer: Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD)
Greenwall Designer & Landscape Architect: Schaduf
Greenwall System: Schaduf
Greenwall Installation & Maintenance: Schaduf

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

All the Info:

View the Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Tag Sultan Generator Room Green Walls Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/04/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Schaduf, Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD) and MNHD’s Facebook page.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Enjoy the Early-Bird Rate Until May 31 for the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

May 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

How about visiting the luscious and very green island nation of Singapore this July and staying at the fabulous Marina Bay Sands?  Come and attend the IFLA World Congress 2018!

And, as Media Partners, Greenroofs.com wants you to not miss this chance to enjoy a discounted rate when you register by May 31, 2018.

The 55th IFLA World Congress 2018 will be the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world, held on July 18-21.  Supported by 5 regions – Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, it sets the stage at the ‘City in a Garden’ for professionals, government bodies and academics to be part of the in-depth discourse on trends, challenges, and business opportunities on a global scale.

Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival, the IFLA World Congress 2018 is the key platform that champions landscape architecture as a major contributor to the development of attractive, liveable, equitable, and sustainable environments of the future through the themes of Biophilic City, Smart Nation, and Future Resilience.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The Congress promises an enriching experience that will feature the most inclusive exhibition showcase involving landscaping solutions, innovations, and products in the Asia Pacific region.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

“Singapore is a country that has made tremendous efforts in infusing nature into the heart of all urban developments. Boasting an impressive network of trails and pathways that connects parts and green spaces, the city-state has made considerable efforts to also integrate nature into its vertical spaces. Join us for a first-hand experience in exploring the deep wonders of what the city has to offer!

Delegates can look forward to be part of our specially curated Technical Tours, where we go on to explore award-winning sites right in this garden city.” ~ IFLA World Congress 2018

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The tours are just one key event at IFLA 2018, and I’m sure they will be awesome!  See the Events at a Glance.

Speakers & Research

Internationally-renowned speakers include:

DAAN ROOSEGAARDE
Studio Roosegaarde

Artist, innovator and a creative thinker Daan Roosegaarde work explores the relation between people, technology and space, such as the Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the
world) and the Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night).

PROF. TIMOTHY BEATLEY
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Timothy Beatley’s work mainly focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can
fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more liveable and equitable places.

PROF. DR. PETER
EDWARDS

Principal Investigator, Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes, Future Cities Laboratory & Principal Investigator, Cooling Singapore, Singapore-ETH Centre

Peter Edwards has always had a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy. In Singapore, he led his teams to find means to maximize ecosystem benefits in urban
environments, and ways to mitigate the urban heat island effect in the tropics, to make cities more resilient and liveable.

 

The congress also features pioneering research in paper presentations across the Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience tracks, some of which include:

Ecological Urban Placemaking, Hawaii
Materialising Microclimate: Designing with data for thermal effect, Australia
Foresting Parking Lots, Italy …..and more.

Visit and Register Today for the Early Bird Discount

Click here for the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore conference program.  Book your passes at the link below now to take advantage of early bird rates up until May 31!

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore
IFLA World Congress 2018 in SingaporeIFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

I can’t imagine a better venue than the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with its spectacular Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark® by Safdie Architects, Arup and so many more.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The views are spectacular, and I’m sure the IFLA World Congress 2018 will be, too.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for May 21, 2018: Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

May 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living FacadeSihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade
Zürich, Switzerland
6,313 sf Greenwall

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: May 21, 2018

We’ve featured many types of greenwalls over the years as our Project of the Week, mostly growing media- and hydroponic based systems, but not many green facades yet.  See these: One Premier Place in Irvine, CA; Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden in Zaragoza, Spain; the 345 Meatpacking Green Facades in New York, NY; and One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, which has both living walls and green façades.

Why?  Because people (designers, manufacturers, owners, etc.) aren’t submitting them to The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!

Facade greening features a training structure that supports vines, both trailers and climbers, growing upward from the ground away from the building.  And there are two main types: a multidimensional welded wire trellising system, and a variety of stainless steel cable and mesh systems.

So, we’re very happy to be showcasing the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade, a beautiful, lush green facade that is thriving in Zürich.  Read below to learn a bit about its construction, and click on any of the photos to take you to the Project Profile where you can read all about this challenging greenwall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

By the way, the massive Sihlcity is covered in extensive greenroofs, and we’d love to feature them as an upcoming Project of the Week…

Does anyone know about who designed or installed them, or what systems were used?  Please let me know!

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Mini Description & Details

Sihlcity is a shopping mall in Zurich built on the grounds of a former paper mill near the Sihl River.  Stretching over 100,000 square meters, Sihlcity is one of Switzerland’s largest shopping and leisure complexes, and it’s covered in extensive greenroofs.

Designed by architect Theo Hotz, it attracts 20,000 visitors a day offering a broad range of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, cultural events, a hotel, offices, and living spaces.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

zhdamalsheute.ch shows the former Papierfabrik Sihl, now Sihlcity, in 1951 photo from ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Picture Archive, and in 2016, photo by zhdamalsheute.ch.

Jakob Rope Systems participated in several facets of this landmark project.  The eastern facade of the 8-story high parking garage was equipped with a green wall planned by Jakob AG, and the southern facade of the same building was covered with a stainless steel net across a large surface.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

With a height of 23 meters and a width of 25.5 meters, the sheer size and resulting loads made it impossible to apply standard solutions.  Jakob designed the training systems in cooperation with Raderschall landscape architects and provided installation on site.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

The relatively wide-meshed training structure is formed by vertical and horizontal ropes of various thicknesses suspended at a distance of 70 cm in front of the facade.  This allows plenty of growing space for the mainly Chinese wisteria and birthworts.

The distribution of the rugged, custom steel spacers, mounted to the slabs of the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth floors, follows a clear-cut grid pattern.  The same applies to the vertical ropes which matches the graphically strong aspect of the design.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

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The striking living wall delivers an elegant aesthetic solution to the car park facade, as well as a number of advantages including providing a sunscreen in the summer to help keep the car park cool; an additional layer of insulation during the winter; a level of sound insulation for the busy car park; and an effective deterrent to graffiti.

Sihlcity is a great example of reutilization and preservation of the site’s industrial heritage with both repurposed and new buildings, along with a beautiful living facade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Year: 2007
Owner: Karl Steiner AG
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Green Façade
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6313 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Theo Hotz
Greenwall Training System Design: Jakob AG and Raderschall
Greenwall System: Webnet, Jakob Rope Systems
Greenwall Installation: Jakob Rope Systems

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

All the Info:

View the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/21/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Jakob Rope Systems; Sihlcity; and 1951 photo from ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Picture Archive and 2016 photo by zhdamalsheute.ch.

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the Sihlcity Shopping Centre Living Facade profile.

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host