Register Now for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit!

March 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Registration is now open for the
2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit

We here at Greenroofs.com are extremely excited to invite everyone to watch fantastic expert speakers, participate in Facebook Live Q & As, and reconnect and engage during our 4th biennial Virtual Summit, opening April 9 – 30, and on demand through December 31, 2017.

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Check out the Speakers & Agenda pages to see all of the awesome people presenting at this year’s Virtual Summit!

How does it work?

Simply Register and then starting on April 9, 2017 you can start watching videos from either the Agenda or the individual Speaker  page. Visit the Expo for free and learn about our awesome Partners! See your favorite Speakers streaming their Q & A’s on Facebook Live and via Twitter over the long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23, 2017. Post your comments, watch them answer live, and network!

Your registration is open through the end of 2017, so watch or re-watch all of the videos on demand until December 31 so you can:

  • View world renowned speakers – thinkers and designers – sharing their experiences with world class living “vegitecture” projects
  • Watch from your desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone or any streaming device
  • Gain knowledge of lessons learned from immersions into real life case studies
  • Be inspired by visionary architects and designers on the cutting edge of design
  • Collaborate and communicate with vendors, subject matter experts, and peers
  • Download unlimited take-home, multi-media product information from the Expo Pavilion
  • Network with colleagues and make new contacts via Social Media on Facebook Live & Twitter

How much does it cost?

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Why?

Since our living architecture and green infrastructure community can’t all be together in person all of the time, it’s great to know we can still connect every other year over time and space – online at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture ~ People, Projects & Design!

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Register Now for the
2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit

Find more information at virtual.greenroofs.com.

Thank you to our wonderful Association/Organization & Media Partners #virtualsummit2017:

Register Now 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit

Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), Green Roofs AustralasiaGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities, International Green Roof Association (IGRA), International Skyrise Greenery Conference/Green Urbanscape AsiaPRONATUR, Rate It Green™, and WGIC 2017 Berlin.

Sponsor Us

Be a part of one of the most innovative, groundbreaking, and unique online conferences in the world – and the first in our industry.  Contact Aramis at aramis@greenroofs.com if you are interested in learning more!

See you online soon ~ 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 Summit Host

Project of the Week for March 20, 2017: Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

March 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/20/17
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Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street
Xiamen, Fujian, China
2,368 sq. ft. Greenwall

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Since 2014, the Huazhu Hotel Group and the Accor Hotels Group have formed a long-term strategic alliance to jointly develop the hotel business in China, including the Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street, which serves the mid-range market. Opened in 2015, the 5-story hotel has 150 guest rooms perfect for business and leisure travelers. A large verdant green wall from Elmich is a significant aesthetic feature for the hotel’s façade to welcome its guests. Measuring 6 metres (19 feet) in height the distinctive living wall is highly visible from travelers visiting Zhongshan Road, a major tourist spot with many shops and restaurants. In addition to its lush greenery, the green wall will improve the air quality in the area and assist to keep the hotel building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

The Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street before its greenwall.

The Elmich VersiWall® GM (VGM) modules each contain a geotextile bag filled with a primarily inorganic soil-less lightweight planting media. Pre-planting of the modules 6 to 8 weeks prior to installation in a controlled nursery environment enabled selected green wall plants to be firmly established and oriented vertically. The VGM mounting system is equipped with anti-lift arms and the pilaster mounting rails were bolted directly to the wall to facilitate firm and secure anchorage of the VGM modules to the wall. In September 2016 the green wall was subjected to a wind gust speed of around 170 km/h when Super Typhoon ‘Meranti’ made landfall in Xiamen City, bringing heavy downpours and causing major disruptions to the electricity and water supplies affecting more than 3.2 million homes located in the region. The before and after photos below show how the Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street’s green wall remained intact despite the battering of Meranti. In this instance, it was a real test of nature to prove the green wall system’s wind uplift resistance.

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

The greenwall before Super Typhoon Meranti.

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Meranti’s aftermath in Xiamen City on September 14, 2016.

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

The greenwall after Super Typhoon Meranti.

Year: 2015
Owner: Huazhu Hotel Group
Location: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2368 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Green Wall System: VersiWall® GM (VGM), Elmich Pte Ltd
Green Wall System Provider:
Elmich Pte Ltd
Designer and Manufacturer of VersiWall® GM Green Wall System: Elmich Pte Ltd

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

View the Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/20/17 video photos courtesy of Elmich Pte, Ltd; Ji Hotel; Booking.com; NASA Earth Observatory, NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response; and Zhongshan_Rd.,_Xiamen-WikimediaCommons by Caiguanhao licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit on April 9th through the 30th – and on demand through December, 2017!

Project Week Ji Hotel Xiamen Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street

Save the Dates for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit: April 9 – 30!

January 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Greenroofs.com is excited to announce the dates for our upcoming 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 9 – 30!

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

Held previously in 2015, 2013 and 2011, our biennial Virtual Summits have been very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our fields of green infrastructure and living architecture via the power of the Internet – and we have new speakers and cool special features to make 2017 the best to date!

“Imagine a world of green: What are we doing to advance living architecture?” ~ Greenroofs.com’s Virtual Summits

Building upon these initiatives, our 4th foray into the world of online virtual conferences embraces these awesome, inspiring, and highly esteemed Keynotes confirmed for the 2017 Virtual Summit so far:

EMILIO AMBASZ:
Commendatore (Commander) della Rep. Italiana, Ordine della Stella d’Italia; Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; Honorary International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; ISA 2014 Medal for Science, The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna; First Madre Terra Awardee

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

Emilio Ambasz is a highly acclaimed green architect, award-winning industrial and graphic designer, author, and former Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and is best known for his “Green over Gray” philosophy of design sensitivity.  Since its inception in 1976 as building consultants and planners, Emilio Ambasz & Associates has created a belief in and identification with quality to find representative expression in form, performance, added value, and strong symbolic content.

In all its projects, the firm seeks to reconcile the building with nature with the complete integration of building and the landscape.  A pioneer of ecological architecture, just a few of Emilio’s iconic living architecture portfolio projects include the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan, Environment Park (EnviPark) in Turin, Italy, and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) in Venice, Italy.  The design sense in all three of these examples reconciles a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space:

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STEPHEN RITZ:
STEM / STEAM Executive Director, National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx; Founder of Green Bronx Machine; 2015 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalist; TED TALK 2012: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

For over 30 years Stephen Ritz has been a science teacher/administrator in the nation’s poorest congressional district, the South Bronx.  His mantra is “Si se puede!” (Yes you can!) using “Amer-I-Can” innovation and spirit in his message of hope, urgency, and resilience.  As founder of the student-led Green Bronx Machine, his super-charged energy focuses on education, affordable local food systems, and 21st century workforce development.

Years ago Stephen’s class had the first living wall in an NYC school growing veggies and herbs, and in 2016 opened the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, a 100+ year old reclaimed school library, with indoor gardens, robotics, a 100% mobile classroom kitchen with broadcast capabilities, solar and pedal power stations, computer lab, outside gardens, and more.  The innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum is integrated with plant-based teaching lessons that align with core school curriculum.  His upcoming book The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools (May 2017), is his inspiring story about how incorporating gardening and plants into teaching curriculum moved the graduation rate of students from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

Save Dates 2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit April 9-30

New in 2017

For maximum engagement between speakers and participants from across the globe, for the VS 2017 we’ll be offering some very social platforms so you can easily watch your favorite videos then network in real time with your favorite speakers with new ways to connect, watch, and interact.  Come join us online to find out!

People, Projects & Design

Our website and the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture have always been focused on People, Projects & Design:

PEOPLE: Creative thinkers, innovators, and trailblazers sharing project-focused organic “vegitecture”

PROJECTS: International icons of sustainability: early successes + current & visionary profiles of excellence in design

DESIGN: Proven standards of diverse green technologies + dynamic and cutting edge designs for greening the planet with building integrated greenery: bioclimatic, biodiversity, biomimicry & chic sustainability

This is what and who we are.  Stay tuned for more exciting information, coming soon!

We’ll keep you posted along the way, but for now please Save the Dates now for April 9 – 30, 2017 for your participation in the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for January 2, 2017: Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review

January 2, 2017 at 1:02 am

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

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Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review
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2016 Projects of the Week

In 2016 we featured many different varieties of greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Join us for a quick look at these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review video!  And except for Antarctica, we covered all of the remaining six continents.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page where you can click on each photo to go more in-depth in its Blog feature, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Also visit our Projects page to search for examples of living architecture in your neck of the woods or anywhere on Earth ~ and please send us your own profiles to share with the world! Submit Your Project Profile.

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review Video

2016 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

Thank you to our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez for putting this and all of our Projects of the Week videos together!  And thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

See it below or watch it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2017, and always, we say:

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

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher