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

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/12/16

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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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul

September 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

If you are interested in a holistic approach to site planning and case studies of retrofits including gorgeous wetland and bog greenroof and greenwall projects with fish using recycled water and wastewater for irrigation, then don’t miss “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul 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 Greening World Inside Outside Mark PaulAlthough we’d known of him and his work for several years, we finally met Mark Paul, Australian horticulturalist and founder of The Greenwall Company in 2014 in Sydney at the excellent World Green Infrastructure Congress.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greening World Inside Outside Mark PaulIn Mark’s video you’ll understand the breadth of knowledge and experience of the soft spoken designer who started with epiphytes, lithophytes, and other amazing plants living on cliff faces in Rio de Janeiro almost 30 years ago.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greening World Inside Outside Mark PaulPaul has traveled around the world studying and collecting new plants for greenroofs and in particular, greenwalls, and he says “Greenwalls can be used to produce instant ‘greenspace’ both inside and out.  These beautiful structures of greenery bring new life and nature back into urban environments.”  His wide variety of photos and projects are proof!

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Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greening World Inside Outside Mark Paul

Sydney, Australia. “Over the past 25 years Mark Paul, founder of The Greenwall Company and a qualified horticulturist, has become a name synonymous with reclaiming the built environment, a passion he has had since childhood. Mark’s most recent achievements range from completion of one of the tallest greenwalls in Australia, implementation of a community schools program through to tailor-made residential installations in homes nation-wide. To date, Mark Paul has reclaimed thousands of sqm of the built environment.

Mark has pioneered a number of greenwalls and greenroof innovations with his formative landscape experiences and scientific background which has allowed for much experimentation, trial and testing with planting techniques, medias and methodology (and technology). These developments have put The Greenwall Company as a leader for greenwall and greenroofs in Australia. The Greenwall Company vision is to reclaim the built environment by clothing the facades of buildings with epiphytic and lithophytic planting to create a living, breathing architectural function to every building.

Read about “Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greening World Inside Outside Mark Paul

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:

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“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.