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:

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

 

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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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

Project of the Week for December 12, 2016: One Central Park

December 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

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One Central Park
Sydney, Australia
12,917 sf. Greenroof & Greenwalls

Publisher’s Note: We are showcasing One Central Park again as our Project of the Week in honor and remembrance of Caroline Menetre Totten, who passed away in October. She was a huge fan of its vertical gardens designer, Patrick Blanc, and you can see Caroline introducing Patrick in the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 video: The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Designed by Jean Nouvel with collaborating architect PTW, Sydney’s new urban renewal and development project is Central Park in the Central Business District, spanning 5.8 hectares. Previously located on an industrial site, the mixed use development encompasses retail, commercial, residential, and community spaces including the huge public park in its center. Social and environmental initiatives underpin One Central Park‘s unique design with parkland where there previously was none; now approximately 64,000 square meters of landscaped areas, including the spectacular vertical gardens designed by Patrick Blanc, have become a significant contribution to the area and a worthy ‘new southern gateway’ to Sydney’s CBD.

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

The innovative two towers feature ground-breaking architectural elements including the 42-meter cantilevered Sky Garden / Heliostat with 320 glittering reflectors below the 100 meter high greenroof, plus the highest greenwalls currently in the world at 150 meters high. The vertical gardens use Patrick Blanc’s hydroponic Le Mur Vegetal system, interspersed in 23 various sized panels across the facades of the two towers, spanning over 1000 square meters. Also, Jakob Rope Systems trellising from planter boxes were placed all around the building, encompassing about 7 kilometers for climbers and trailing plants. Plants chosen needed to be able to withstand great drying winds and strong sun on top to more shade on the lower areas close to the street. 350 different species of plants were used in the green walls alone, including 250+ native Australian species.

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Year: 2013
Owner: Frasers Property & Sekuisi House
Location: Sydney, Australia
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Living Walls, Green Facades & Greenroof
System: Custom
Size: 12,917 sq.ft.
Slope: 100% and 2%
Access: Exterior is Accessible, Open to Public; Interior is Inaccessible

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Design Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Architect of Record: PTW Architects
Greenwall Designer: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Vegetal (Vertical Garden)
Wire Trellis System: Jakob Rope Systems
Jakob Rope Systems Supplier/Design & Installation: Tensile Design & Construct
Light Artist: Yann Kersale
Construction: Watpac
Photography/Images: Patrick Blanc, Jean Nouvel, & via Frasers Property & Sekuisi House: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

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

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the One Central Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured on Greenroofs.com? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile.

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

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

Congrats to the Winners of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards from the WGIC 2016!

October 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

I was honored to be a judge for the inaugural THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards, and I’m pleased to congratulate the winners and acknowledge everyone who participated!

Organized by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada), World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), and partner universities, winners will be celebrated at the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2016 on October 19 -21 in Bogotá.

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

We had 32 awesome projects in four tracks and two categories submitted from across the globe, with 12 entries in the Global category and 20 in the Latin America category.  The entries were extremely professional in detail and presentation, and I have to say in most cases it was very difficult for me to rate one higher than another.  And I’m sure that same held true for the other judges.

Winners of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016:

1ST Place. Design Track. Global Category:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Design Track.  Latin America Category:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track. Senior Students. Global.  Country:  U.S.A.:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track. Senior Students. Latin America:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Design Track. Junior Students:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Environment Track.  Global Category:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Environment Track.  Latin America Category:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Community Track.  Latin America Category:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track.  Latin America Category:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

1ST Place. Research & Innovation Track. Senior Students:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

Congratulations to the 2nd Place Winners of THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016:

Design GLOBAL CATEGORY: LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory by Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, Spain;
Design LATIN AMERICA CATEGORY: Jardín pulmón Lineal Cubiertas estaciones TroleBus Quito by Santiago Jacome, Ecuador;
Environment GLOBAL CATEGORY: Amy’s Restaurant by SYMBIOS, U.S.A.
Environment LATIN AMERICA CATEGORY: Santalaia by Exacta Proyecto Total, Colombia;
COMMUNITY LATIN AMERICA CATEGORY: Mercado Ecológico Solidario de la provincia del Sumapaz by Asopromes, Colombia

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards 2016 Ceremony will be held on October 20.  It’s impossible in terms of space to highlight more of the winners’ work plus everyone else, but you can see ALL of the information for the 32 submissions in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Booklet below:

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

Click to download THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Booklet.

It’s certainly not too late to join us in the bustling and safe metropolis of Bogotá where RECIVE and WGIN will welcome you to great infrastructure projects, warm people, economic opportunities, and the cultural richness of one of the leading hubs in Latin America.

And, if you read the recent post about the WGIC 2016 from Andrés Ibáñez (founder of the WGIC2016 Organizing Committee, founder and director of the technical and scientific committee RECIVE), you’ll be familiar with the following reasons to join us – one of my favorites is the last one!

10 Reasons to Come to Colombia and Bogotá:

  • Colombia is the most biodiverse country per square meter.
  • Colombia is the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
  • Bogotá’s got the perfect weather all year round.
  • Bogotá’s got the fastest growing market of green infrastructure in Latin America.
  • Colombia is one of the CIVETS (Countries with an economic prospect after BRICS).
  • Colombian culture captures the best from Europe, Africa and America.
  • Bogotá is one of the C40 Sustainable cities.
  • Bogota’s surroundings have the largest Paramo ecosystems in the world (unique highlands in the tropics).
  • The Congress will take place in Connecta, a redevelopment with green buildings and landscapes.
  • Everyone in Colombia knows how to dance!
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Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

Register Here

Book Discounted Flights and Accommodations:

Register for the Congress to find great deals in accommodation and flights.  Upon registration, e-mail the travel agency CONTACTOS for a promotional code to book discounted flights with AVIANCA.  CONTACTOS will also help you process discounted accommodation at A-LOFT, the official hotel located steps away from the Congress venue.  Tell CONTACTOS about your travel plans in Bogotá and other towns in Colombia for a seamless visiting experience.  Contact: congresosbogota@contactos.com.co.

More World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 Info:

Read the 34-page brochure “Bogotá: The Next Green City” which includes Milestones of Green Infrastructure, Colombia: The Rebirth of a Country, Colombia is Magical RealismTop 10 Places to Visit in Bogotá – plus much more information.

Visit the Congress website http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ to learn all about the WGIC 2016, and for all questions, contact Andrés Ibáñez at:

andres.ibanez@recive.org and info@recive.org
Phone: +57 1 6916757 and +57 3185380706
Fax: +57 1 218157

Winners THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards WGIC 2016 Bogota

If you go, on Thursday, October 20 I’ll be presenting my “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate Changing World” before the Awards Ceremony – see the complete Agenda.

Hopefully we’ll see you in beautiful and green Bogotá next week!

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