Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary

July 28, 2016 at 5:00 am

If you’re wondering what’s going on in New Zealand in terms of built greening in this stunningly natural verdant country, then you have to watch “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary 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 Greenwalls in Middle Earth Graham Cleary

Based in Auckland, Graham Cleary is the founder and owner of Natural Habitats, the New Zealand pioneer in greenroof construction.  Graham is a wonderful all-around guy who is passionate about greening his gorgeous country of New Zealand.  Although we had met him prior at one of the yearly greenroof conferences, Aramis and I were able to spend about a week with him and his lovely wife Lucy in October, 2014 after the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 in Sydney.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greenwalls in Middle Earth Graham Cleary

I was not only invited to speak at a private function for Natural Habitats in front of about 100 people, but we were invited to spend some relaxation time at their beautiful vacation home on the unique Great Barrier Island beforehand – a lovely experience we’ll never forget!

And as any fan of LOTR (Lord of the Rings for you non-geeks) knows, “Middle Earth” is the setting for J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastic and fantastical stories, chock-full of Elves, Dwarves, wizards, and, of course, Hobbits.  So it’s not surprising Graham would title his presentation “Greenwalls in Middle Earth,” right?

Graham Cleary, GRP

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greenwalls in Middle Earth Graham Cleary

Auckland, New Zealand. As Chief Rake (director), Graham founded Natural Habitats in 1978 in Auckland as a fledgling design build company under the mentorship of the city’s then only landscape architect.

Graham has worked on and led many outstanding landscape projects in the South Pacific, including resorts, golf courses, commercial projects and exquisite private estates and homes. Under his leadership, Natural Habitats has grown to be the leading provider of integrated landscape management within Australasia. Graham demonstrates coherent leadership of multi-disciplinary teams in order to achieve the innovative, high quality outcomes for which Natural Habitats is renowned.

Graham is also at the forefront of thinking on the use of natural systems to mitigate urban development issues. He plays an essential role in Natural Habitats’ pioneering green roofs and wall technology within New Zealand.

Graham has served as consultant and advisor to numerous landscape design and environmental groups. He is a founding member of Landscaping New Zealand, an accredited Green Roof Professional, an executive of Green Roofs Australasia, an associate of KEA, part of the Great Barrier Trust, and a member of Forest & Bird and of the Native Forest Restoration Trust.

Read about “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Greenwalls in Middle Earth Graham Cleary

 

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:

“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.

Enter Your Project in the World-Class Competition: THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards!

June 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

Now is the time to enter your green infrastructure projects in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards, presented by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada) alongside the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

This year’s World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) will be held in beautiful Bogotá, Colombia on October 19-21, 2016.  Organized by RECIVE, WGIN, and partner universities, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is open to institutions, designers, researchers, and students!

“The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure. This year, Bogota has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October, after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China and Mexico.

The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300.000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.” ~ WGIC2016

Aramis and I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend several of these World Green Infrastructure Congresses, including in Sydney (2014); Nantes (2013); and Mexico City (2010) – as well as the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference held by WGIN member the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

And, we are very pleased to do so again this October in Bogotá, where’ll I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for the THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

What is it?

Most importantly, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is a world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro:  objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.  Application to THE-NEXT-GREEN awards 2016 is now open to all countries.

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Competition Tracks:

Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.

Each track has two categories:

Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English.
Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.

All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)
Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day)
Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.

If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

Most of all, make sure to visit the website to familiarize yourself with the Congress, the Awards process, and most importantly, the wonderful, exciting, and increasingly green city of Bogotá and country of Colombia!

2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress The Next Green Awards

In addition, we’ll be sharing much more information about the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016 soon but for now, if you have any questions, visit the organizers at: http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ or contact: info@recive.org.

~ Saludos y buena suerte!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

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

February 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/29/16

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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
Owner:
The University of Queensland
Location:
Brisbane, Australia
Building Type:
Educational
Type:
Living Wall, Test/Research
System:
Single-Source Provider
Size:
753 sq.ft.
Slope: 100
%
Access:
 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
Greenroofs.com

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

February 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com 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.

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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:

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

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

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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