Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 16, 2018: Monroe County Parking Garage

April 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking GarageMonroe County Parking Garage
Bloomington, IN, USA
240 sf Greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: April 16, 2018

The ubiquitous above-ground parking garage building typology is not usually known for design innovation.  Imagine brightening up their monotonous facades with living plant material.

Instead of seeing the usual boring type of parking structure, the citizens of Bloomington, Indiana are greeted daily with bright and cheerful annuals in a vertical row of five window openings!  In this case, colorful greenwalls give the appearance of large window boxes, and the city commissioners receive tons of compliments.  And the fact that the modular system components are high-impact, UV-resistant and that the county can replant very easily makes for a great design option.

Read the April 15, 2018 guest feature Living Wall Blooms on Bloomington Parking Garage by Amber Ponce and David Aquilina for more info on this project.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Mini Description & Details

Designed by Axis Architecture + Interiors, the new 240-parking space Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana provides parking for county employees and the general public to relieve parking congestion.  But rather than appearing bland or austere, a LiveWall greenwall installation adds a living element of green design to the six-story brick and concrete building.

The low maintenance living wall system fills five of the parking structure’s window openings with a variety of plants that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green.  The architects said the idea was to break up the otherwise stark exterior of parking structure with an interesting and visually appealing element.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Because the system for this application was not mounted on a solid wall surface, the parking garage living wall had to be installed across window openings within the structure’s wall.  ProCLAD designed and installed a framework within the 8 feet long by 6 feet tall window openings with 4-inch by 4-inch by 1/4-inch tube steel.

They bolted the LiveWall system’s horizontal aluminum rails to the tube steel frames.  Each of the five sections of green wall has six rows of LiveWall modular planter boxes, which slide into the rails.  Its structural design lent itself to a secure installation within the garage windows in a way that allows for easy access from behind the green wall on the inside the garage.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

The greenwall has a total of 180 plants in a variety of seven annuals including yellow, red and purple coleus, plus Silver Falls, red and pink begonias, and sweet potato vines.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

More

In effect, installing LiveWall put window boxes into the windows of the parking garage.  The LiveWall installation stands out as a beautiful, lively, and distinctive design element on the Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Indiana.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Year: 2017
Owner:
Monroe County
Location:
Bloomington, IN, USA
Building Type:
Above-Ground Parking Garage
Type:
Living Wall
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
240 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Axis Architecture + Interiors
General Contractor: Hagerman Construction Corporation
Green Wall Installation Contractor: ProCLAD, Inc.
Green Wall Manufacturer:  LiveWall
Green Wall Design and Installation Consultants: LiveWall
Green Wall Plant Supplier: LiveWall
Developer: GM Development
Concrete Supplier: Irving Materials, Inc.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Monroe County Parking Garage

All the Info:

View the Monroe County Parking Garage 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 Monroe County Parking Garage

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Monroe County Parking Garage Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/16/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of LiveWall and Tony Frederick of CS Kern, via Hagerman Construction Corporation.

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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

#TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post – Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

April 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid just posted their Twitter Pre-chat Post online – see Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post for our upcoming Twitter Chat.

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Here’s just a short excerpt:

“Sustainability sits at the top of the priorities of many cities across the world, especially since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Climate Agreement by the United Nations in 2015. It is important that the impact of different sustainability measures and solutions, including green roofs, become measurable. More research and data should be collected, at the urban and metropolitan scale, to quantify the contribution of green roofs to achieving city sustainability goals. Measuring green roofs impact on stormwater management, air, and water quality would especially allow cities to strategically allocate resources for the installation of green roofs and make them part of city sustainability agendas.

Does your city have green roofs? How do green roofs contribute to a city’s livability? And what impact do they have on a city’s overall sustainability?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and join us at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat to answer these questions and more, with our co-host, Greenroofs.comLinda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED™ AP, GRP, publisher, and editor of Greenroofs.com will be on our experts’ panel along with Tessa Duste (Moss Amsterdam), Ben Flanner (Brooklyn Grange) and Dusty Gedge (Living Roofs). Save the date: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m PT.”

~ Sarah Essbai, The Global Grid

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Join Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, Ben Flanner & me on April 18 for The Global Grid Greenroofs Twitter Chat!

Contribute to #TheGlobalGrid Polls

The Global Grid has three polls up on the Pre-Chat Post: Are there any green roofs in your city?, Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?, and Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?

Contribute your opinion!

Join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs for a Twitter Chat Together Next Wednesday, April 18

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

The Time?

Join us for the one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from:

12 pm – 1 pm PT

Where?

#TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat

You can also read all about How To Do It there, in case you’re new.

Convert for your time zones, and we hope to hear from you at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat with us #Greenroofs next Wedenesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date: April 18, 2018

April 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs are Hosting a Twitter Chat Together

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, an international celebration of the profession.  What better way to be part of the celebration?  Get in on the action and voice your opinions about greenroofs!

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid asked us at Greenroofs.com to co-host their monthly Twitter Chat, and we think it’s a fantastic idea.  Sarah is leading the communications and marketing efforts of The Global Grid and is an architect, urban planner and independent researcher based in Zaandam, The Netherlands.

When?

The one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT.

Look for The Global Grid’s pre-chat post to be published next week, and more info and specifics from us to follow, too.

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

The Topic

Greenroofs, of course!  We’ll be focusing on their role in achieving sustainability goals for cities.

The Panelists

There will be four of us on #The Global Grid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat:

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

  • Dusty Gedge, co-founder of Livingroofs.org and the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) in London: @greenroofsuk;
  • Tessa Duste, founder of Moss Amsterdam in Amsterdam: @TessaDuste;
  • Ben Flanner, Director of Agriculture, President, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City: @bjflanner;
  • And me, Linda S. Velazquez, Publisher and founder of Greenroofs.com in Alpharetta, GA: @greenroofs.

About The Global Grid

Since 2010, The Global Grid has offered localized and unique architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning and related news every weekday.  The Global Grid uniquely publishes news specific to the town or city in which the author resides or is traveling.  With a 150+ writer alumni, The Global Grid continues to grow as a destination for local environmental design news and perspectives.

About Greenroofs.com

Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and comprehensive online resource Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and promoting People, Projects & Design.  Greenroofs.com publishes the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,700 profiles and the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory plus produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011).

Save the Date Twitter Chat

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Convert for your time zones, and we hope you’ll join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs on April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

New Arup Report Says Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift to Remain Viable

April 3, 2018 at 11:56 pm
Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup: The model arid city.

Sustainability means a lot of different things to different people.

In an increasingly climate-challenged planet, some may say it’s counter intuitive- let alone against sustainability principles- to try and green the world’s arid regions with vegetation:

How can the use of water for green infrastructure, including building integrated greenery, be reconciled against its limited availability?  Could the practice even be considered irresponsible?  Can and are greenroofs and greenwalls really sustainable in the desert?

Arid Cities Need a Design Paradigm Shift to Remain Viable

As always, sustainable design principles can be applied in every built environment – we just have to pick and choose the correct ones.  All sustainable design should be city and site-specific, with systems and low impact development working in tandem with its local ecology.

“Cities in arid regions are expected to experience the highest rates of natural population growth and urbanisation in the coming century. Yet most are still being planned and designed based on a global city-making paradigm from the 1950s. Cities need to adapt strategies that combine technological innovation with locally adapted and climatically appropriate solutions.

Even simple things such as building orientation and the resulting shade can have a significant impact – allowing people to socialise outdoors, rather than rushing from car to building. Rethinking the way we design public space, can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of citizens.” ~ Arup Associate, Hrvoje Cindric

International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

During February’s 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait, held for the first time in the Persian Gulf region, we had the pleasure of hearing from Rudi Scheuermann.  He’s Arup’s Global Leader of the Building Envelope Design Team, Arup Fellow, and Global Façades leader.  Rudi spoke about the new downloadable Arup Report, Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments.

He gave a great overview of the Report’s research and stressed the importance of teamwork and necessity of a design paradigm shift for city planners and designers working in arid environments.

The International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait was held in the very green municipal Al Shaheed Park, one of the biggest greenroofs in the world.  On the evening of the first night, we had a sumptuous dinner atop the venue on a beautiful, clear evening.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

The Trade Show, the excellent lunches, and refreshment breaks were held in a covered breezeway outdoors.

As if on cue, after rain greeted us when we arrived on the second day of the fantastic Kuwait Congress, we experienced a sandstorm!  It was a little scary but the couple-hour long event drove home the point that although our surroundings were quite sustainable in design, we were situated within a desert.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

From our hotel we can see the sandstorm approaching on the morning of February 18 as we were leaving for the 2nd day of the IGRC Kuwait 2018 Congress.

Arup Report on Arid Cities: Rethink Planning and Design

Released a couple of weeks ago, the Arup Report outlines three key recommendations to shape the next century of city building in arid regions:

  1. Learning from the past. Build upon locally adapted climate-specific design solutions.
  2. Invest in green and blue infrastructure that is designed to work with local environmental and ecological systems.
  3. Designing intelligent buildings and public spaces that can meet the needs of people in changing climates.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

“The report is structured to present best practices for sustainable design in arid environments at the scale of cities, spaces, and buildings. The best practices are presented with illustrated examples showing implementation as well as critical reflections from leading practitioners on the forefront of city making in arid regions around the world.” ~ Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid

One Third of Our Land Surface is Arid

My own Kuwait Congress presentation was entitled “Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry and Sub-Humid Regions.”  Arid and semi-arid lands, grasslands and savannahs, and Mediterranean landscapes encompass 47.39% of the global terrestrial area, and I showed some awesome and sustainably designed, climate appropriate projects.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

In a world where almost a third of our land surface is classified as arid, the Arup Report is very timely.

The report points to examples of initiatives in arid cities that are making them more sustainable, healthier and better places to live, including:

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup: Fog is a common occurrence in Dubai and other arid Gulf cities.

Fog and dew harvesting: new technology is allowing harvesting systems and materials to be optimised to extract large amounts of water, even in arid environments with low levels of humidity. The Sustainability Pavilion at the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 will use hybrid structures that generate renewable solar energy and capture water from humidity in the air to supply a significant proportion of the pavilion’s water requirements.

Cool pavements: small changes to existing designs can make an impact. For example, a rethink of public spaces could improve the quality of lives for citizens. The City of Los Angeles has begun coating its streets with a special paint, CoolSeal, to reduce the temperature of the city. In an initial test it has been shown to reduce ambient temperatures by 6.6 degrees Celsius.

Energy efficient buildings: buildings can be designed to play an active role in reducing reliance on air conditioning and mitigating the Urban Heat Island effect. The Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi have a unique dynamic shading system – a modular ‘Mashrabiya’ that opens and closes to provide self-shading as the sun moves around the building. The system is predicted to reduce the solar energy entering the building by 20% – reducing the amount of air conditioning and energy consumption of the building. Work is also underway to develop buildings that have a cooling effect on their surroundings.

Green roofs and walls: these are not just beautiful but provide cities with greater resilience. A Xeriscape approach, using plant species selected to maximise effective shade and shelter, reducing noise, glare, dust and air pollution, can deliver highly functional areas with a microclimate suitable for people to enjoy throughout the year. Green roof designs in arid climates should aim for a larger percentage of hard surfaces and fewer green elements, reducing the need for irrigation water. The Brewbooks Cactus Garden Roof in Los Angeles is a good example of this.

Open air living: Attractive and comfortable public spaces are vital to the success of cities, significantly impacting their social and economic success. In arid regions the number of public spaces has shrunk dramatically in recent decades. Reversing this trend, the Downtown Project in Las Vegas has aimed to redevelop the city’s old centre, to promote the benefits of a more walkable neighbourhood. The project has made substantial investments in street art and installations to make walking more interesting and comfortable to encourage people to think beyond the car.” ~ Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup: Proposed Sustainability Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Well-researched with numerous case studies, we find project examples from around the world including the Middle East, Chile, Australia, and the U.S.  In addition to being very interesting, Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments is well worth your time to review and see what many locales are doing for their own environments.

Enjoy, and we look forward to your comments!

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