Project of the Week for February 29, 2016: Global Change Institute

February 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

By Linda S. Velazquez Publisher Project of the Week: 2/29/16


Global Change Institute
Brisbane, Australia
753 sf. Greenwalls

Project of the Week Global Change Institute

Project of the Week Description & Details

Located in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane, the University of Queensland (UQ) is committed to embedding sustainability into all aspects of campus life. The 5-story Global Change Institute (GCI) is the first educational Living Building Challenge-registered project in Queensland, and the UQ’s landmark zero-carbon, 6-star Green Star rated collaborative hub generates more energy than it consumes. Designed by HASSELL, ARUP, and Bligh Tanner among others, the building also features a sophisticated sun shading system that tracks the sun and protects the glass louvers which create natural ventilation. The air flows across occupied office spaces to the central atrium which acts as the building’s lungs, discharging warm air through its thermal chimney. An onsite greywater system, bush tucker garden, bio-retention basin, and greenwalls enhance the building’s green ethos.

Project of the Week Global Change Institute

The Greenwall Company installed their paneled greenwall system over the indoor air-conditioning vents in the atrium designed to draw and expel air through the plants in order to maximize dust and VOC reduction giving a biological treatment to air in the building as well as providing amenity. The unique aspect of the irrigation and nutrient system of the greenwall is the water from the bio-retention pond is recirculated through the lower vertical wetland with the native rainbow fish and water plant waste providing nutrients for the plants. Due to the small pond size, a separate recycled water system irrigates the upper greenwalls from harvested rainwater. Australia’s greenest educational building demonstrates sustainable technological research and pilots innovative sustainable building solutions, and the atrium with its green walls is drawing staff, students and visitors from around the campus to spend time in its naturally ventilated, lush green space.

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 Global Change Institute

Project of the Week Global Change Institute

Photo ©Christopher Frederick Jones, Courtesy of HASSELL.

Year: 2013
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Building Type:
Living Wall, Test/Research
Single-Source Provider
753 sq.ft.
Slope: 100
 Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Global Change Institute

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architecture, Interior Design & Landscape Architecture: HASSELL
Sustainability, Acoustics and Fire: ARUP
Civil & Structural Engineer: Bligh Tanner
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Medland Metropolis
Main Contractor: McNab
Project Management: UQ Property, Facilities Division
Greenwall Design, Construction & Maintenance: Mark Paul, The Greenwall Company
Greenwall System: The Greenwall Company
Growing Media: The Greenwall Company

Project of the Week Global Change Institute

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Global Change Institute Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Watch’s 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!

February 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez Publisher

Now that 2015 has come to a close and the fall conferences are over, we’d like to share our 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint as a video on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.


Haven Kiers, our Design Editor, and I presented it last year at CitiesAlive in fabulous New York City and I flew solo with the presentation in gorgeous, lush Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference.

2015 was our ninth year of compiling our dynamic Top 10 List, and you know we systematically search the globe high and low to highlight exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Sometimes part newsworthy, spectacular, even fantastical, these forward-thinking designs and designers offer unforgettable projects that need to be celebrated.

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompassed trends from across the globe that had been building momentum for the past few years in our design profession, such as:

Beekeeping on the roof:


Brooklyn Grange Farm #2; Image: ©Anastasia Cole Plakias/Brooklyn Grange

And mega projects designed to increase the health and well-being of their occupants:


Connecta Office Park; Image: Groncol

As usual, we start out with a couple of projects that for some reason or another just couldn’t quite make it in our Top 10 List…and then we go on to the real thing!

We always have a great time sharing our annual list of trending categories and far-flung projects from across the world, and we hope you enjoy it here:

I hope to see many of you in person at a physical conference this year where Haven and I will be presenting our 2016 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  And if not, I hope we’ll connect online and via social media for our upcoming Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2017 in about a year from now.

Until then, see you soon, and remember to:

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

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Dear readers,

2015 is fast coming to a close and we’re taking this time to highlight all of our Projects of the Week which we featured this year with a smooth, chill video for your perusal.

From massive, iconic projects such as Sejong City by Balmori Associates, the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark by Safdie Architects, and ACROS (Asian Crossroads Over the Sea) from Emilio Ambasz to intimate and personal projects such as Forest Lodge Eco House, the Private Kiawah Island Residence, and 41 Bond, we invite you to watch the Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

If you want more info on any of these, you can find their individual profiles showcased on our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects of the Week Gallery page.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for in 2016 and if you’d like your project featured as an upcoming Project of the Week, we have to first have a completed profile! Read How Do We Select the Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week? Blog Post.

See our entire December 30, 2015 Announces Their Projects of the Week 2015 in Review Video Press Release.

Here’s a toast to all of us in the New Year for a happy, healthy, loving, productive, and green 2016!

Continued success,

~ Linda V.

How Do We Select the “Project of the Week” Feature on

September 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

We’re very pleased that our international readership loves our “Project of the Week” feature!

We feel it’s a great way to get everyone interested in a variety of different types of greenroofs and greenwalls from across the world.  And, the weekly eBlast to our 10,000+ opt-in eNewsletter subscribers is meant to give everyone just a bit of info – tantalizing enough so people click it to see the entire profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.


Our Projects Database has been up and open to the world since 2004, evolving from the “International and North American Case Studies” portion of my initial 1999 independent UGA research study “Greenroof Technology: A Viable Roofing Alternative” that was the basis for  The initial 30 or so profiles have grown to over 1,600 and counting, and we feel sharing these is an important learning experience for us all.

The Philips Eco-Enterprise Greenroof in Minneapolis, MN; photo courtesy The Kestrel Design Group.

Our Project of the Week feature started in March, 2006 when we selected the Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center (PEEC) – now Greenway Office Building – profile, above, submitted by Peter MacDonagh of The Kestrel Design Group.  In 2008 we displayed our first Greenwall Project of the Week, Anthropologies, below, submitted by George Irwin of Green Living Technologies.

Anthropologies' Greenwall in Hunstville, AL; photo courtesy GLT

As you probably know, we now create an exclusive 2 to 2.5 minute video for each “Project of the Week” where it not only plays on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube as well as the actual weekly eBlast, but we also blog about it, and highlight it on our site – plus on all our Social Media sites.

Since we get so many requests about how we actually select our “Projects of the Week” here on, plus it’s been over 10 years since I last blogged about it, here we go again:

So, what do we need before we select the “Project of the Week” feature? 

  1. First of all, we have to have a profile for it in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database!  If we don’t have it, we don’t know about it.  Submit Yours using the easy online form, a Word doc, Excel Sheet, or more.
  2. The profile needs to be complete, with LOTS of information – the more, the better!  Try not to leave anyone’s participation out.
  3. We need a minimum of 15 – 18 hi-res photos of different angles, including close-ups and at least one building shot (unless it’s private and you just don’t want it shown).  While each profile only holds up to 11 photos and/or graphics, we need at least 4 – 7 more for the video.  Regarding photos: you MUST have permission to use them – do NOT send us copyrighted material unless you have permission from the photographer/owner in writing.  There are many “photo trolls” out there – lawyers pouncing on people because they thought they had permission or inadvertently “borrowed” photos off the web without explicit permission; cannot be held liable for unapproved photo usage.  Please include credits, too.

How do we select the “Project of the Week” feature?  Once we have all of the above, these are the general guidelines:

  1. The project needs to be visually interesting, appealing, or important in some way!  Aesthetics are taken into consideration as this is living architecture!  Remember the living part – the actual plants of the greenroof or wall – and showcase the best features.  And people want details!
  2. We try and vary between greenroofs and greenwalls – but since we have so many more living roof projects, the ratio of greenroofs to greenwalls is much greater.
  3. We try to vary: the location in the world, size, type of project (extensive, intensive), building application (commercial, educational, research, municipal, multi/single-family residential, etc.) , system (built-in place, modular, custom or living wall vs. green facade, etc.), designers, manufacturers, providers, etc., plus drivers and more.
  4. When possible, I’ll highlight a project that has something going on that week or month.  For example, we’ve been showcasing New York City projects in anticipation of CitiesAlive next month in The Big Apple.
  5. We try to highlight the people who support our work more by selecting our advertisers about 4:1 over non-advertisers.
  6. But everyone is welcome!  The point is to continue to create a free global resource for greenroof and greenwall projects worldwide – and spotlight one really awesome one per week.

Believe it or not, sometimes it just boils down to having a 100% completed profile!  If you think it’s hard for you to get all of these photos and info together for one project, imagine how we stressed we get sometimes trying to have a project ready to go with all of the bells and whistles – every week.

We appreciate everyone’s time and commitment to making The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database as complete, and open and accessible as possible – why not showcase one of your own projects?


To see all of the projects we’ve chosen since January, 2013, check out our Projects of the Week Gallery page.  To watch the videos, which we started in February of 2014, visit Greenroofs & Greenwalls Projects of the Week on our YouTube channel.


The Greenroof/Greenwall Project of the Week feature on is a great way to have readers – design professionals, media, stakeholders, government, researchers, students, and potential clients – see what’s been done, where, how, and by whom.  Search  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database for yourself!


If you have any questions, just email us at or call 888.477.1326 or 770.772.7334.

Happy greening!

~ Linda V.