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!

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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

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru – Rethinking Sustainability: June 4-6

May 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru:

Rethinking Sustainability with Green Walls, Green Roofs and Greening the City

The World Green Infrastructure Network and Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) present the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2018 Bengaluru on June 4th and 5th.  The WGIC will be hosted in Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, India for the first time in its 11-year history.

And, this is the first time an event of this scale is being hosted in the Indian sub-continent.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Bangalore city skyline showing UB City to the left and Richmond Town area to the right. Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim – Own work under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Venue

The WGIC will be hosted in The LaLiT Ashok Hotel Bangalore, a 5-star property centrally located in Bengaluru.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The WGIC 2018 brings together expert speakers and researchers from around the world to share their immense knowledge and experience on sustainable practices such as development of Green Roofs, Vertical Gardening, Urban Agriculture, Sustainable Green City Planning, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Policies, and more.

In its illustrious 11-year history, the WGIC has previously taken center stage in 10 different countries.  Most recent was Berlin, Germany in 2017.  Every year, prospective organizers of the event engage in a competitive bidding process to secure the privilege of hosting the event.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Hesaraghatta Lake in Bangalore. By The original uploader was Nikkul at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The event is organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) an NGO whose vision is to enable World Class Sustainable Practices to be adhered to in India and the Sub continent.

“We are bringing together the core stakeholders like Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, Green Planners and Engineers, Builders and Developers, Business Leaders, Environmentalists, Research Students, Institutions, Related Government Departments, Decision Makers, etc., from 40 plus countries and the Indian Sub Continent.”~ IGIN

Prominent International Speakers

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

More than 60 speakers and 40 exhibitors will feature on the program agenda.  Delegates will get the opportunity to interact and share ideas with some the leaders of modern green architecture, including the highest level of the government responsible for urban planning and development.

Some of the prominent speakers are:

  • Manfred Kohler, President – World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
  • Patrick Blanc, French botanist – French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Steven Peck, President – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)
  • Prof. Dr. Julian Briz, Emeritus Professor, President of PRONATUR
  • Rick Thomas, Founding Director and Principal Arborist – ArborCulture Singapore
  • Matthew Dillon, President – Green Roofs Australasia, & eVP WGIN
  • Aslan Jonoubi, President – IGIN (Iranian Green Infrastructure Network)
  • Wang Zhaolong, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Andres Ibanez, School of Architecture and Urban Design, National University of Colombia
  • C. Chandrashekaran, Team Leader – M&E Uttarakhand Decentralised Watershed Development Project
  • Raosaheb Borgude, Senior General Manager – Reliance Industries in Horticulture department
  • Sunil D. Gorantiwar, Professor and HOD Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Mahatma Phule (Krishi Vidyapeeth) Agricultural University, Rahuri
  • Maria Boey, Planner, Architect Urban Designer and Landscape Designer
  • Nisha Mathew Ghosh, Founder – Mathew and Ghosh Sustainable Creationcare Foundation
  • Dr. C. Subesh Ranjith Kumar, Assistant Professor (Horticulture) – The Horticultural College and Research Institute (HC&RI) Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Dr. Chellaiah Sellamuthu, Director (Hort.) – New Delhi Municipal Council
  • Isabel de Felipe, Professor – Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Ms. Nur Faezah Mohd Sanif, Deputy Director – National Parks Board (Singapore)
  • Martha Weber, President – Polish Green Roofs Association
  • Kishore N, Principal – The Concise Desines, Landscape Architecture Planning Studio
  • Jeffrey Bruce, Owner – Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC)
  • Chitra. K. Vishwanath, Managing Director – Biome Environmental Solutions

Why WGIC 2018?

The objective of the WGIC is to empower attendees with the latest technologies and developments and offer plausible solutions for important environmental issues.

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

Hema Kumar, Founder of IGIN, says,

“Make Green As Much As You Can
Save Green As Much As You Can
Give Green As Much As You Can

Topics such as maintaining natural biodiversity, ecological building designs, Green architecture and sustainable urban planning will be discussed in the international congress. The event will show the world that India, can and will, lead the way for green infrastructure development in South East Asia.”

~ Hema Kumar, Indian Green Infrastructure Congress

Visit WGIC 2018 Bengaluru

To know more regarding your trip, visa info and more, write in to info@wgicbengaluru.com or visit the website – www.wgicbengaluru.com.

 

~ Indian Green Infrastructure Network

World Green Infrastructure Congress 2018 Bengaluru

The Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN) is an NGO set up to create and develop World-Class Green Sustainable cities in India. IGIN is a membership driven NGO set up to develop and carry out nation-wide environmental education programmes and activities. We believe India is a country whose people are its greatest resource. To implement our ground breaking ideas, we need the help of the interested and qualified public. Here in India we have the resources for every possible idea. Now along with IGIN, we have the knowledge and experts, too. It is time we harnessed our strengths.

IGIN is associated with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), which is the association of National Green Building Organisations.

 

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for April 2, 2018: HDB BLK 667B, Singapore

April 2, 2018 at 10:43 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

HDB BLK 667B
Punggol, Singapore
6,997 sf Greenroofs

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: April 2, 2018

Known for its credo “City in the Garden,” beautiful Singapore is an island nation where land is at a premium.  We’ve had the privilege to visit twice, in 2010 and 2015, and continue to be amazed at the sheer number of living roofs and walls on a wide variety of building typologies.

Since the great majority of Singaporeans live in highrises, the city-state’s public housing authority has greened as many multi-family structures as possible.  New ones are now designed with greenroofs, and when feasible, older facilities are refurbished with lightweight systems.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Mini Description & Details

Singapore has been actively greening its urban landscape for many years with sky gardens, living walls, and world-class gardens.  The Housing & Development Board (or HDB) is Singapore’s public housing authority and today, more than 80% of the population is living in HDB’s 1 million plus flats in 23 towns across the island.

Located in the northeast region of Singapore, Punggol was developed to be its first eco-town.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

The HDB BLK 667B is a retrofit of three highrise residential blocks at the Punggol housing estate whose rooftop equipment and piping had been covered by a “second” roof of sorts.  Made of large concrete tiles, they were laid in shingled fashion, and the Town Council wanted to cover them with greenery to improve visual appeal and reduce interior temperature.

Because the only access to the 23rd floor rooftop was up one staircase from the elevator, plus the equipment obstacles, the project required a system that was light and clean to transport and easy and quick to install, with minimal maintenance in the long term.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Designed and installed by Xero Flor Singapore, the mineral wool-based XF309 Light buildup now covers the large concrete shingles.  Perfect for retrofits, the roll format soil-less system weighs only 33 kg/m2 (or 6.6 psf) when fully saturated, which is one of the lightest weight systems on the market.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

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The pre-vegetated Xeroflor mats contain small low-profile tropical succulents including Sedum sarmentosum, three types of Portulaca, and Plectranthus prostratus.  Pre-grown in local nurseries to a minimum vegetation coverage of 80%, they provide an instant green effect with seasonal visual interests.  Shade cloth was used to cover the entire green roof initially to allow the plants to root firmly into the water retention fleece underneath.

The colorful lightweight Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar green roofs add greenery, lower the interior temperature, reduce reflective glare and create a pleasant view for the neighboring blocks.

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Year: 2016
Owner:
Housing & Development Board (HDB)
Location:
Punggol, Singapore
Building Type:
Multi-Family Residential
Type:
Extensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Size:
6997 sq.ft.
Slope:
8%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Roof Designer: Linus Wong, Xero Flor Singapore
Installation Team Leader: Anita Wong, Xero Flor Singapore
Architect: ADDP Architects LLP
Green Roof System: XF309, Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar
Green Roof Manufacturer: Xeroflor/ Low & Bonar

Greenroofs.com Project Week HDB BLK 667B Singapore

All the Info:

View the HDB BLK 667B 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 HDB BLK 667B Singapore

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the HDB BLK 667B Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 4/02/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Xero Flor Singapore; 1 bishan park panorama 2012.jpg By chensiyuan (Self-photographed) GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, via Wikimedia Commons; Punggol Waterway Park 2013.jpg By Erwin Soo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia Commons; Sedum sarmentosum 01.JPG By Dalgial, own work, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, via Wikimedia Commons; and © Linda S. Velazquez.

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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

Bee Research on Green Roofs in Asia, Europe, and North America by Michaela Hofmann and Susanne S. Renner

March 7, 2018 at 5:34 pm

A Personal View, by Michaela Hofmann

When you grow up on a farm, moving into a big city like Munich (with 1.5 million inhabitants) can feel like moving into a concrete desert.  However, only at first glance.

Between building fronts and paved roads, nature has gained a foothold.  But it was only when I began working on urban bees for my doctoral research that I became aware of a huge additional green space in modern cities, namely rooftops.

 Bee Research Green Roofs Asia Europe North America Hofmann Renner

One of the nesting aids that the researchers were trying out on the ground. Such sand heaps (even much smaller ones) would be a huge help for bees. Photo by Michaela Hofmann.

It is now mandatory for many types of buildings to have green roofs, and the aesthetic and climate benefits of this type of new urban habitat are obvious and well-documented.  But are there benefits for wild bees, the topic of my research?

The literature about effects of green roofs on biodiversity is surprisingly limited.  My search for studies about wild bees on green roofs in Asia, Europe and North America revealed that so far, only 35 studies (worldwide) have been carried out, which have identified 236 species that use man-made green roofs as foraging or nesting ground.  For comparison, there are 19,700 known bee species, and Germany alone has over 570 species.

The percentage of cavity-nesting bees on roofs is higher than that on nearby ground, while the percentage of pollen specialists is lower.  Data are almost completely lacking on the reproductive success of bees on green roofs, the effect of roof age on bee diversity, and the genetic or demographic benefits of increased habitat connectivity.

I am hoping that my list of the bee species so far reported on green roofs may help in the selection and implementation of suitable soils, nesting aids, and plantings. One reason for why green roofs are so important for insects, certainly in Germany, is that they receive less fertilizer, fewer pesticides, and fewer herbicides than most other urban and agricultural land.

I think this aspect may make green roofs scientifically interesting spaces to study the relative effects of different factors that contribute to the loss of insect diversity in Central Europe.

Bee species recorded between 1992 and 2017 from green roofs in Asia, Europe, and North America, with key characteristics and open research questions

By Michaela Hofmann* and Susanne S. Renner*
Systematic Botany and Mycology, Faculty of Biology, University of Munich (LMU)
*Joint corresponding authors

Publisher’s Note: The following article was reviewed by and posted on Apidologie 49(1): 00-00. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-017-0555-x on December 19, 2017

Bee Research Green Roofs Asia Europe North America Hofmann Renner

A male Lasioglossum calceatum discovered on green roofs. Photo by Michaela Hofmann.

Abstract

Green roofs, which have become mandatory on new flat-topped buildings in many cities, increase habitat connectivity for wildlife and have contributed to a boom in urban bee keeping.  The ecological benefits or risks of green roofs for wild bees (bee species other than the domesticated honey bee, Apis mellifera), however, have not been comprehensively analyzed.

We therefore reviewed studies on insects caught on green roofs in Asia, Europe, and North America between 1992 and early 2017 and extracted information on wild bees.  The resulting species list includes 236 Apidae identified in 35 studies, with thermophilic species probably overrepresented because roofs provide warm and dry habitats.

The percentage of cavity-nesting bees on roofs is higher than on nearby ground, while the percentage of pollen-specialists is lower.  Data are almost completely lacking on the reproductive success of bees on green roofs, the effect of roof age on bee diversity, and the genetic or demographic benefits of increased habitat connectivity.  Our list of the bee species so far reported on green roofs will help in the selection and implementation of suitable soils, nesting aids, and plantings.

 Bee Research Green Roofs Asia Europe North America Hofmann Renner

Osmia caerulescens recorded on green roofs. Photo by Michaela Hofmann.

INTRODUCTION

The past 20 years have seen a dramatic increase in research on green roofs (reviewed in Bowler et al. 2010; and Blank et al. 2013), which are now mandatory on flat-topped buildings in Switzerland and a few other European countries, and supported by incentives in the United States (Brenneisen 2006; Stutz 2010).  Although there are different types of green roofs, one can generally distinguish between intensive and extensive roof greening.

Intensive green roofs usually have a soil layer of at least 15 cm and sometimes up to 60 cm or more (Mann 1994), while extensive green roofs have only a thin layer of soil (5 -15 cm), supporting mostly mosses, herbs, succulents, and grasses (Gedge and Kadas 2005).  Roofs with shallow soil layers are a difficult growing environment for plants because of moisture stress, severe drought, and full exposure to sun and wind (Schneider and Riedmiller 1992; Dunnett and Kingsbury 2008). On the other hand, extensive roofs require minimal maintenance and can be self-sustaining.

Ecosystem services from green roofs include stormwater management (Getter and Rowe 2008; Berndtsson 2010), moderation of the urban heat island effect (Takebayashi and Moriyama 2007; Tabares-Velasco et al. 2012), lower building temperatures (Oberndorfer et al. 2007), and a role as urban wildlife habitat (for reviews see Fernandez-Canero and Gonzalez-Redondo 2010; Williams et al. 2014; Gonsalves 2016).  An important aspect for the latter role is that green roofs are undisturbed by humans during most of the year, making them quiet habitats with low pesticide loads (Hui and Chan 2011).  They also increase habitat connectivity for certain arthropods (Braaker et al. 2014).

Of the many arthropods living on green roofs, bees stand out because of their role as pollinators and because urban beekeepers tend to find bee keeping “restorative and empowering” (Moore and Cost 2013).  While urban bee keeping has led to an increase of the density of honey bees in cities, the past 50 years have seen a decline in the abundance of wild bee species, attributed mostly to habitat loss and pesticides (Goulson et al. 2008), although data on change in bee abundances in urban spaces over time are scarce.  Wild bees, most of which are solitary bees, are expected to benefit from the newly created habitat on green roofs because they may be able to forage both on the ground and on green roofs, and thermophilic species might also find nesting opportunities on green roofs.

Surprisingly, however, the effects of green roofs on the diversity and abundance of wild bees in cities have received little attention despite repeated calls for bee-targeted green roof research (Zurbuchen and Müller 2012; Witt 2016).  We here provide the first list of bee species recorded from green roofs, summarize key ecological traits of these bees, and point to important open questions about the role of green roofs as habitat for solitary bees.

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A female Bombus sylvarum, found on green roofs in France. Photo by Michaela Hofmann.

Online Supporting Materials

Download the 26-page Hofmann-Renner 2017 Bee Research on Green Roofs PDF of Online Supporting Materials, Tables S1 (Table S1: Overview of green roof (= GR) studies involving wild bee species assessment-), S2 (Table S2: Alphabetical list of species reported on green roofs), and References.

 Bee Research Green Roofs Asia Europe North America Hofmann Renner
More Info

For more information and to read the entire study, you may purchase the Bee species recorded between 1992 and 2017 from green roofs in Asia, Europe, and North America, with key characteristics and open research questions PDF on Apidologie for $39.95, or contact the authors below.


~ Michaela Hofmann and Susanne S. Renner, 
Systematic Botany and Mycology, Faculty of Biology, University of Munich (LMU)

Our research focuses on the systematics, phylogenetics, and evolution of plants and fungi, especially their adaptation to biotic and abiotic factors. Methods brought to bear on these questions range from light and electron microscopy to molecular cytogenetics, field work, and next generation sequencing of entire genomes to study them comparatively.

Contact Michaela Hofmann, Systematic Botany and Mycology, Faculty of Biology, University of Munich (LMU), 80638, Munich, Germany at: michaela.hofmann@campus.lmu.de.

Contact Professor Dr. Susanne Renner, Faculty of Biology, University of Munich (LMU) at: renner@lmu.de.