Watch “The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort” by Jaron Lubin from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Individual Video “The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort” by Jaron Lubin, principal of Safdie Architects.  Aramis and I greatly enjoyed hearing him speak in Singapore about his company’s engagement with this awesome and amazing project back in November, 2010, when Jaron and I both spoke there at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference.  To say the Marina Bay Sands is a spectacular feat of engineering – not to mention gorgeous in every way, is simply an understatement!  We visited it as part of our tour and the views were spectacular – inside and out – on top, and all across Singapore.

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The world’s most expensive standalone casino hotel at a cost of $8 billion Singapore dollars, the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort measures 650 ft high with 55 floors. Crowning the amazing structure is the magnificent SkyPark, a 12,400 m2 greenroof that cantilevers 67 meters over the edge which includes gardens, restaurants and bars, and a 50-meter infinity edge swimming pool.

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Jaron will present “The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort,” recorded in November 2012 in Bangalore, India at The INTERNATIONAL GREEN CONFERENCE organized by the Indian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN).

Here’s more:

JaronLubinSomerville, MA, USA. Jaron Lubin joined Safdie Architects in 2004, and became Principal in 2012.  (As of early 2013) He is currently developing a proposal for the national Arts Museum of Beijing, as well as serving as project designer for a new condominium complex in Bashan, Singapore.  Previously, he led the competition-winning design effort for the Marina Bay Sands project, and then relocated to Singapore to oversee the work there, most notable as resident design architect for the SkyPark.

Marina Bay Sands is a world-class luxury casino and hotel in Singapore capped by the 340m-long greenroofed SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool.  Set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, it overhangs the north tower by 67m.” ~ VS2013

Watch the “The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort” by Jaron Lubin below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.tv playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

20-21 April, 2015: SAVE THE DATE for the 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul, Turkey!

October 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

By Wolfgang Ansel

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Where is there room for nature in towns?  This is a question that is increasingly being asked by building experts around the world who are faced with the challenges of urban densification.

Under the motto “Explore nature on rooftops,” successful solutions and practical green roof technology will be presented, discussed and taught at the upcoming 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul on 20-21 April, 2015.  The latest achievements in science and technology will also be presented.

The congress, supported by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA), will be held at the Zorlu Center’s new Raffles Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

Join us for a top-level program with lectures and interactive practical workshops at the Congress venue Zorlu Center with its 72.000 m² of green areas on different levels.

Istanbul has been experiencing a rapid increase in population due to migration.  This means a very fast urban transformation process is taking place in the Mediterranean metropolis straddling two continents.  One of the main challenges of Istanbul’s green policy is increasing the number of green areas within the whole city.

Desired economic growth and rising land prices on the one hand, and the need for green infrastructure for urban quality of living and sustainable urban development on the other hand, have drawn attention to the city’s rooftops.

Investors have long since recognized that rooftop multi-use not only increases the value of a building, but also improves its attractiveness for leasing.  Because no additional land costs are involved, roof gardens are no more expensive than ground level gardens.

We look forward to seeing you at the 4th International Green Roof Congress in Istanbul!

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Rooftop multi-use at its best – a green leisure area in Istanbul.

For more Information please contact the IGRA Secretariat, Sabine Früh, at:

International Green Roof Association
PO Box 2025; 72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Phone: +49 70 22 7191 980; E-mail: frueh@igra-world.com

– Wolfgang Ansel

WolfgangAnselWolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA).  One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level.  Wolfgang is co-author of different Green Roof books.  During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia.

IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

Greenroofs.com Announces the “2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

As you know, Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I as Greenroofs.com publisher (and ASLA, LEED AP and GRP) annually compile our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.” And I have the pleasure of inaugurating this year’s Top 10 Hot List in Sydney, Australia at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 held on October 8 – 10, 2014.

Greenroofs.com is also proud to share the Top 10 List at the upcoming 12th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November, 2014 where both Haven and I will be presenting.

Now in our 8th year of creating the Top 10 Hot Trends List, the potential and demand for greening of the ubiquitous 5th façade of a building continues to skyrocket across the design profession – in addition to covering walls with dripping vegetation. As usual in our quest for optical arousal, we’ll begin our fast and furious foray into the greenroof and greenwall world with spectacular Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs & Walls’ – those projects which are just too unique to fit into a standardized grouping. This year we’ll be spotlighting New York City as a leader in industry construction and promotion, highlighting projects such as the Empire State Building, Via Verde, and the awesome High Line, among fabulous others.

Continuing our popular new category from 2013: “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design,” we’ll showcase the work of three outstanding international ground breaking leaders pushing the limits in our field.

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Designs in vogue on Greenroofs.com’s radar for 2014 include “Sculptural Architecture,” where the structure itself is a piece of art – such as the guitar-inspired Nashville Music City Center whose roof mimics the rolling hills of Tennessee, and “Greenroofs with an Edge,” where the laws of physics are pushed over the edge or to their limits – such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped greenroofed Hypar Pavilion.  We will celebrate the academics, including high tech offerings such as Pollution Reducing Skyscrapers to Generate Biofuel from a UK Master student and Bio Photovoltaic Panel greenwalls from a university in Spain which produce energy from bacteria in the growing media – as well as cultural progressives including King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Saudi Arabia and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.  We’ll be examining “Meditation Stations” – creating sustainable rooftop spaces for relaxing and socializing and “The Facebook Effect” – the influence of online and social media for marketing new projects which have jump-started such successful start-up ventures as Brooklyn Grange.

Finally, we’ll showcase “Vertical Garden Towers & Cities,” featuring spectacular towering concepts and projects in progress in the sky from around the world.

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2014:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs &  Greenwalls’

9) The Facebook Effect: The influence of Online & Social Media

8) Treatment Facilities Cleaning Up with Green

7) Greenroofs with an the Edge

6) Celebrating the Academics & World Culture Progressives

5) Sculptural Architecture

4) Meditation Stations: Sustainable Relaxing & Socializing

3) The Green Apple: New York City

2) The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
Safdie Architects, Patrick Blanc & Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1) Vertical Garden Towers & Cities: Biophilia Meets Avant-Garde Architecture

See the September 30, 2014 Greenroofs.com Press Release here.

Stay tuned for specifics regarding Greenroofs.com’s third Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 6 through May 31, where you will learn from experts – including Haven and me – about what’s trending for 2015 and beyond.

Aramis and I are off to Sydney followed by Auckland in a couple of days, so we’ll be a little inactive for about three weeks!

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.

Review the Greenroofs.com 2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint

September 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

We’re about to release the 2014 Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design. ..

How about a review of the Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2013:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs/Walls’

9) Wineries Enveloped in Greenery

8) Small Projects, Big Results

7) Need Vacation Inspiration? The Hottest Green Destination Escapes

6) Innovative Greenwalls: Stretching Design & Our Imagination

5) From Hippies to Techies: California as an Up and Coming Leader in
Greenroofs & Walls

4) Local Government Acting Globally with Building Integrated Greenery

3) Social Responsibility: Putting Your Greenroof or Wall Where Your Mouth Is

2) The Influence of Architects – Taking a Leadership Role in Greenroof Design:
Ando, Yeang & Ambasz

1) Greening Mixed Use: Sustainable Urban Living with Man-made Ecosystems

It’s been a year since I presented  our Greenroofs.com 2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 CitiesAlive in beautiful Nantes, France.  Some of you may have seen Haven Kiers, our wonderful Design Editor here at Greenroofs.com, and me when we presented it afterwards in October in the always lovely San Francisco at CitiesAlive – but for those of you who did not have a chance to travel to either place last year, here is our presentation for your viewing pleasure.

However, this time it is only in PowerPoint form on slideshare, not video, but you will most certainly get the flavor of our always fast and furious yet tantalizing vignettes of what we believe are the projects and designers trending at the moment.

Enjoy!

~ Linda V.