Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Keynote Video: “Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori

July 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Voted one of 2013’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” from Fast Company – at # 3, no less, Diana Balmori has been artfully leading the combined fields of landscape design, architecture and urban planning for decades, and it is a must to watch her Keynote Video: “Green Roofs to New Cities” from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Green Roofs New Cities Diana Balmori

Based in New York City, Diana Balmori is the renown landscape designer and principal of Balmori Associates. She has received numerous accolades over the years, and has been internationally recognized for her progressive body of work.  Diana says, “The big picture is that half of the world lives in cities; it will be 2/3 by 2025.  Cities are major producers of all the things which are feeding climate change. Green roofs are a simple tool we could us to change this effect, if used at the macroscale.  Green roofs can also play an urban role as open space and as connectors.”

Diana was one of the early proponents of greenroofs and living architecture, and her 2005 research piece/inventory study on Long Island City – and its resulting “Asthma Alley” – demonstrated how living roofs could affect a direct health-oriented benefit in communities. This research resulted in greenroofs being constructed atop Silvercup Studios and the Gratz Industries Company.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Green Roofs New Cities Diana Balmori

Diana and her firm recently completed the enormous new governmental city of Sejong, Public Administration Town in South Korea.  Based on the previous natural attributes of the mountains and rivers on the site, her large masterplan introduced the idea of a landscape taking the primordial organizing idea to organize the architecture – the result is buildings interconnected with sweeping, continuous greenroofs.

All of these projects will be addressed in her Keynote video, along with others.  Her “Green Roofs to New Cities” video was produced by Stacked Up TV Productions, with 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.

Diana Balmori, PhD, FASLA, IFLA

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Green Roofs New Cities Diana Balmori

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.

Diana’s opinion-editorials and articles about her work have been featured in Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, and Utne Reader, which named her one of fifty “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009. She was named Fast Company’s Third Most Creative People in Business (June 2013) and one of ten Innovators by Architectural Digest (September 2013).

Her book A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010) has received international attention and was recently translated into Chinese. Her most recent book is Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (A/D Wiley, 2014). 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 about “Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Green Roofs New Cities Diana Balmori

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

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

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron

July 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

Anyone in our industry who yearns for a combination of travel and experiencing first hand a multitude of different greenroofs and greenwalls from across the planet simply must watch “Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Versatile Living Walls Roofs Bob Cameron

Many of us know or know of Bob’s years of research at Penn State, and that in addition to being extremely knowledgeable and personable, he is a great presenter with a wonderful and genuine smile.  Aramis and I have had the pleasure of knowing him for years!  In this video Bob says the journey should be just as interesting as the destination, so join him in his world travels and discussions of the various issues regarding living walls and roofs he confronted in India, China, and South Korea, among other locales.

He also contributed at last year’s Virtual Summit 2015 in the “From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.  Bob also participated at our Virtual Summit 2013 on the Panel Session “Theory & Field Studies: An Interview with Dr. Ian Balcom from Lyndon State College of Vermont & Dr. Robert Cameron from Penn State – Phytoremediation Chapter Two” with Patrick Carey.

And, in case you missed it, read Dr. Bob Cameron’s May 2015 Guest Feature research article “An Integrated Biofilter System to Contribute to Net Zero Architecture while Providing Decentralized Wastewater Treatment” on Greenroofs.com.

Robert “Bob” D. Cameron, PhD

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Versatile Living Walls Roofs Bob Cameron

University Park, PA, USA. Bob spent more than two decades directing the global environmental programs of a Fortune 30 multi-national conglomerate. In the late ‘70s in collaboration with NASA, he designed, permitted, and constructed the first constructed wetlands to treat wastewater from the natural gas industry. Working on every continent except Antarctica, Bob designed award winning environmental programs based on sustainability concepts. Later as President of his own corporation, he de-engineered historic buildings destined for the wrecking ball, which he then relocated and reconstructed with green architectural features.

Pursuing a life-long goal, he recently earned his doctorate from Penn State University at the Center for Green Roof Research. His thesis entailed the invention and construction of a functional architectural system to attenuate wastewater pollutants while reducing a building’s energy use and providing a platform for urban agriculture. Currently (as of February, 2015), Bob has an appointment with the Department of Landscape Architecture at Penn State University and teaches collegiate courses and conducts research on greenroofs, livings walls, constructed wetlands, aquaponics, and artificial islands while also managing Eco Applied Technologies, a consulting firm for commercial, residential, and industrial applications. He has lectured on sustainable technologies around the world and in 2013 he literally circumnavigated the globe while working on environmental issues in numerous countries, including teaching environmental engineering for several months at a Chinese university which culminated in the design and construction of a living wall with the students. See the 2:45 video of his early work at Penn State “Robert Cameron investigates biofilters to clean dirty water.”

Read about “Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Versatile Living Walls Roofs Bob Cameron

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

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

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Project of the Week for February 22, 2016: Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden

February 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/22/16

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Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden
Singapore
2,487 sf. Greenroofs

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Description & Details

Designed by Grant Associates as masterplanners of the multi award-winning 54-hectare Bay South Garden, the underlying concept of Gardens by the Bay are the principles of environmental sustainability, bringing to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. Opened in 2012, the project has been acclaimed worldwide for its remarkable blend of nature, technology, environmental management and imagination, and is a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that brings the world of plants to Singapore and presents Singapore to the World.

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Situated along the waterfront, the Gardens by the Bay Far East Organization Children’s Garden was completed in 2015, also designed by Grant Associates along with Gardens by the Bay landscape consultants. The one-hectare mix of play area offers experiences for all ages, including water play, rainforest tree houses, ridge top adventure trails, topiary pergola arches, and the Shade and Outdoor Amphitheatre – all in a special garden setting overlooking the Marina Reservoir. Covering various rooftops here are several greenroofs with a variety of tropical plants. The lush greenery which spans across the Garden’s roofs is enabled by the Elmich Lightweight Green Roof System. This system incorporates a revolutionary new medium, EnviroMix® PB, which was combined with a regular soil layer on top to form an ultra-lightweight growing media for plants. Andrew Grant, director, of Grant Associates says, “The Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay creates play opportunities that are not found elsewhere in Singapore that connect children to nature via technology, art and horticulture.” The Children’s Garden is just one part of the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, created as a beautiful, sustainable, and green legacy for future generations to enjoy.

View the PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Year: 2015
Owner:
Gardens by the Bay
Location:
Singapore
Building Type:
Multi-Use
Type:
Commercial
System:
Single-Source Provider
Size:
2,487 sq.ft.
Slope:
2-4%
Access:
Inaccessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Design and Landscape Architect: Grant Associates
Landscape Consultant: Gardens by the Bay
Main Contractor: Swee Hong
Greenroof System: Elmich Lightweight Green Roof System
Landscape Contractor: Tropic Planners & Landscape Pte Ltd
Green Roof Specialist: Elmich Pte Ltd
Growing Media: EnviroMix® PB, Elmich Pte Ltd
Distributor & Supplier of EnviroMix® PB: Elmich Pte Ltd
Project Manager: PMLink
Quantity Surveyor: Langdon & Seah Singapore Pte Ltd
Lighting Consultants: LPA Inc.
Irrigation Consultants: WET Pte Ltd
Play Equipment: Play Point Singapore Pte Ltd
Treehouses: Carve
Original Concepts for Water Play: Howeler & Yoon
Water Play: CT-Art Creation Pte Ltd
Topiaries Contractor: Candy Floriculture Pte Ltd

Project of the Week Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Video & Project of the Week for January 18, 2016: Shanghai Tobacco Factory

January 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 1/18/16

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Shanghai Tobacco Factory
Shanghai, China
86,111 sq. ft Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

Starting in 2008 with completion in 2012, AS. Architecture-Studio designed and oversaw the construction of two new buildings and restoration of an existing building for the Zhonghua Tobacco Factory, also known as the Shanghai Tobacco Factory, which manufactures luxury cigarettes. Located in the Yangpu District near the Huangpu River in Shanghai, the urban, architectural, and landscape redevelopment of the 106,500 m² site sought to integrate large industrial buildings within a highly urbanized area. A roof garden with a total area of about 8,000 square meters was desired by the client and installed alongside exhaust pipes, cooling towers, and other industrial elements on the roof.

Due to roof construction constraints in addition to summer temperatures over 50 degrees C (122 degrees F), the Modular Greening Unit from Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co was specified, which can also store rainwater. A variety of grasses, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and small trees were planted in a substrate thickness of 35 cm. The colorful shrubs and tall fescue were designed with an interval collocation for tone, in a French romantic style; a sprinkler irrigation system waters the plants once per week. Because of the special features of the building, the insulation layer has a thickness of 50 cm, a waterproofing layer by Sika Sarnafil, and floor tiles cover the remaining area. Taking into account the needs of the plant growth according to the thickness of the matrix, two types of modules were used at 30 cm and 35 cm high. The roof greening project took only 48 days to be completed and AS. Architecture-Studio says “the new buildings fit perfectly into their environment and provide good thermal insulation and reduce energy consumption.” Six months after its completion, colorful, lush plants were blowing in the breeze as a wave travels up and down, as beautiful as a painting.

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

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Year: 2011
Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Building Type: Industrial
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 86,111 sq.ft.
Grade: 2%
Access: Accessible, Private

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Owner: Shanghai Tobacco Group Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Greenroof Designer: Xia Hong, AS. Architecture-Studio
Modular Greenroof System: Modular Greening Unit, Shenzhen Green Ark Technology Co., Ltd
Waterproofing: Sika Sarnafil
Whole-process Investment Supervision: Shanghai Oriental Investment Supervision Co., Ltd.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

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

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