The Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait (17 – 18 February) by Wolfgang Ansel

January 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is pleased to announce the 5th edition of their prestigious congress series which will be held for the first time in the Persian Gulf region in 2018. Scheduled for the 17th -18th of February in Kuwait City, this event will focus on the special challenges and benefits of Green Roofs in dry climates.

More than one-third of the world population already lives in dry climates, without considering the global metropolitan areas which often are grappling with the same problems and referred to as “city deserts.” The performance of Green Roofs in these special environments is strongly connected with the availability and scarcity of water and the limited types of plants which are able to tolerate these harsh weather conditions.

Therefore, the water and planting issue is a common thread of the congress presentations and discussions (learn more at www.greenroofworld.com). The congress is kindly supported by the Al Diwan al Amiri of Kuwait.

Congress Venue

The congress venue, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City, consists of 310,000 m² of greenery, featuring a modern congress center, beautiful botanical gardens, museums, a miniature of old Kuwait, walkways, jogging tracks, lakes, river landscapes and an amazing musical fountain.

With almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs, the largest urban park in Kuwait represents at the same time a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climate by using appropriate Green Roof systems.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Green Roofs of the congress center in Al Shaheed Park. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

Congress Speakers

The congress lectures will provide an inspiring mixture of progressive thinkers, new technical developments, and innovative Green Roof applications in architecture, landscape architecture, and climate protection. Practical Green Roof technology will be presented, discussed, and taught along with the latest achievements for Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, and municipal Green Roof strategies.

Speakers will include, for example, Kai Uwe Bergmann from BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, New York, London); Khaled Al Fouzan from The Associated Engineering Partnership (Kuwait); Deborah Nevins from Deborah Nevins & Associates (New York); Fida Mohammed Alhammadi from Dubai Municipality; Kyosuk Lee from MVRDV (Rotterdam, Shanghai); Jamil Corbani from GreenStudios (Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles); and Green Roof pioneer Roland Appl, president of the International Green Roof Association – IGRA.

The bios of the speakers from the Middle East, the US, and Europe are available at the congress website: www.greenroofworld.com.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Green Wall project in Dubai. Copyright: Green Studios.

Featured Green Roof Architecture

A series of groundbreaking and high-profile projects involving Green Roofs and Living Walls will be presented at the congress.

Al Shaheed Park is the most significant Green Infrastructure project in Kuwait and, at the same time, one of the largest Green Roof projects in the world. During the first construction phase (2013–2015) almost all buildings were fitted with roof greening.

In 2017 the second expansion “Phase II” was opened for the public, thus doubling the total Green Roof area of the park. In total, Al Shaheed Park encompasses 35,000 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Al Shaheed Park narrates the story of a land, its history, and culture. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

The design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross in London is taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof and market halls, auditoria, and shops on the ground.

Seoullo 7017, a true plant village, has been created on a former inner city highway in central Seoul. The ever-changing urban area has been transformed into a 983-metre long public park. Fifty families of plants including trees, shrubs and flowers are displayed in 645 tree pots, and a total of approximately 228 species and sub-species have found their home in the park.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Turning grey into green infrastructure – Seoullo 7017 in South Korea. Copyright: Ossip van Duivenbode.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.

The “metamorphoses of a topos” has been designed with a sustainable approach, respecting the surrounding ecosystems and the landscape dynamics. The SNFCC includes 25,568 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens – a new icon of Green Roof architecture. Copyright: Yiorgis Yerolymbos / SNF.

Join IGRA in Kuwait this February

The congress is for everyone whose profession brings them into contact with Green Roofs and those who wish to learn about the latest technology in this field. This includes architects, installers, landscape architects, planners, representatives of local authorities and environmental agencies, investors, and manufacturers.

Join us for a top-level program focusing on innovative new technologies, stunning architecture, pioneering urban development projects and many opportunities to network with international leaders in the field of Green Roofs.

The first IGRA event in the Persian Gulf region will provide a perfect platform for the launch of a successful Green Roof campaign in this geographical area.

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th International Green Roof Congress in the Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait’s new urban oasis!

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

~ Wolfgang Ansel of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level. Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roof books.

During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America, and Asia. IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs, and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

Contact Wolfgang Ansel, Director, International Green Roof Association (IGRA):

PO Box 2025
72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Tel.: +49 7022 / 7191980
E-Mail: ansel@igra-world.com
www.greenroofworld.com

Don’t Miss the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Ending on December 31!

December 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Greenroofs.com’s 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is ending on December 31, 2017 ~ why not spend some of your down time during the holidays catching up with some of our industry’s most valued and interesting greenroof and greenwall colleagues?

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If you haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, now’s the time!

Presented by Greenroofs.com, our Virtual Summits only take place every other year.  Held completely online, these marquee innovation events run on demand with live social media events – and for 2017, our Virtual Summit comes to a close on December 31, 2017.

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The Mission of the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet.

In addition to increasing awareness of our living architecture market and industry, the Virtual Summit 2017 is an interactive platform for idea interchange through a combination of environmentally forward videos from keynote speakers, individual & collaborative offerings, and expert panel sessions along with social media happenings.

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Highlighting Excellence and Lessons Learned in Green Living Architecture

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Experience some of the latest projects and developments in vegetated building envelopes worldwide, and learn about avant-garde architects, landscape architects, designers, educators, and leaders of government who have captured the essence of living with nature.

Our 2017 Renowned Keynotes:

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  • Trailblazing green architect, graphic and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz, designer of the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation in Venice, among numerous others;
  • Noted botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc, PhD, inventor of the Vertical Garden, or Le Mur Végétal, whose over 250 biodiverse designs include the One Central Park in Sydney and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris;
  • Educational, affordable local food systems, and workforce development innovator Stephen Ritz, responsible for the new National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx and founder of the Green Bronx Machine;
  • Industry leader Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, with two decades of experience working within the building products and construction communities, with an emphasis on sustainable building impacts and high performance building envelope assemblies.

Round #1 Speakers

Watch and learn from our 4 awesome Keynotes and 27 esteemed Speakers from Round #1 who explore current trends in living architecture, classroom food literacy, certified student workforce training, sustainable stormwater design, rooftop urban ag and more, from the micro-scale of dwellings to the macro-scale of cities.

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Round #2 Speakers

…PLUS our 10 brand new Short Videos (under 10 minutes) from 9 new colleagues, firms, and organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the U.S.:

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See the entire Agenda to learn more about each video check out all of our 40 wonderful Speakers and their widely varied 36 talks – short, medium, and long!

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Industry Support

Additionally, we must thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and living architecture/green infrastructure Organization Partners who have supported our work in 2017:

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for November 6, 2017: LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory)

November 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory)
Madrid, Spain
1,916 sf greenwalls, plus multiple green infrastructure elements

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: November 6, 2017

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Mini Description & Details

In collaboration with various research departments at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (known as UPM or Technical University of Madrid), the Laboratory of Bioclimatic and Urban Architecture, or LABAU, was recently inaugurated after refurbishing the Maintenance Building of the School of Agronomy Engineering.

With architecture by Joaquín Sicilia of Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura (also the Team Director) and Dr. Isabel de Felipe of PRONATUR as Research Team Coordinator, the aim of the project has been to create a meeting point within the university campus, and a hands-on space dedicated to bioclimatic and urban agriculture research. Housed within, researchers and students from the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre (itdUPM) can easily manipulate their innovative greenwall structure as necessary, adding different modules and bioclimatic systems for data collection and analysis of the green facade.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Primary research focuses on the analysis of air contamination programs, heat sources for experimental crops, wastewater recycling, rainwater use, photovoltaic panels, recycling organic products, and the incorporation of biodiversity research. Developed based on a modular steel sub-structure attached to the building, these elements set up the base framework for the cover-facade, made of stylishly perforated galvanized steel plates of different shapes, dimensions, and colors.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

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Currently, three types of modular greenwall systems are used, planted with a wide variety of perennials, herbs, and vegetables. As such, the building envelope is, in itself, a laboratory, conceived as an active system open to multiple configurations and adaptations for the advances that technology related to green infrastructure may offer. The LABAU has become an icon for technological innovation through nature, and the new revitalized vegetated facade has also become a popular public gathering space inside the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid campus.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Year: 2016
Owner:
ITD, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ESTIA-UPM)
Location:
Madrid, Spain
Building Type:
Educational
Type:
Living Wall, Test/Research
System:
Custom and Multiple Vendors
Size:
1916 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access:
Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architecture and Team Director: Joaquín Sicilia, Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura
Research Team Coordinator: Dr. Isabel de Felipe, PRONATUR
Collaborating Architect: Jose Maria Gonzalez, ARQUISENA
Technical Architect and Site Management: Miguel Gomez, ARQUISENA, and Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura
Building Construction: NEGIO CONSTRUCTORA, S.A.
Perimeter Facades Construction: Arasaf, Incoten
Modular Greenwall Systems: Vertiarte, Paisaje Urbano, and Metro Huerto
Greenwall Installation: Vertiarte, Paisaje Urbano, and Metro Huerto with ITD Researchers
Irrigation: Biofiver

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

All the Info:

View the LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in
The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week LABAU Bioclimatic Architecture Urban Agriculture Laboratory

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 11/06/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Joaquín Sicilia, Sicilia & Asociados Arquitectura and itdUPM.

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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

Round #2 is open!  Register now for the 50% off discounted rate of only $25 and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for October 23, 2017: 38 Dolores

October 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

38 Dolores
San Francisco, CA, USA
15,700 sf greenroofs, 72 sf greenwall, plus multiple green infrastructure elements

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: October 23, 2017

Mini Description & Details

38 Dolores is a socially vibrant urban habitat at the apex of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods, the Castro/Mission district. Designed by William McDonough + Partners, BAR Architects, and April Phillips Design Works Landscape Architecture, the former vacant auto showroom was transformed into a LEED Gold certified mixed-use building with SITES Pilot 2 Star Certification.

38 Dolores has approximately 84 luxury residential rental condos, a 30,000 square foot Whole Foods Market, and parking levels for residential and retail. Sustainable strategies include daylighting, alternative energy technologies, two greenroofs with habitat for the local endangered Mission Blue butterfly and the San Bruno elfin butterfly as well as for human well-being, edible and stormwater gardens, and much more.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Designed by April Phillips Design Works, the 3rd level courtyard greenroof offers paved amenity spaces planted with drought tolerant ornamental species and an edible community garden with intensive planters. A Tournesol Siteworks VGM Greenwall offers an artistic focal point and provides a windbreak and comfortable microclimate at the main group seating area.  Learn more about the greenwall.

Edible fruit-producing trees set in custom metal tree collars allow extra depth for roots to extend into the intensive planting areas. Circular cutouts planted with a variety of sempervivum provide pops of color. The 4th level showcases a large semi-intensive American Hydrotech Garden Assembly greenroof planted with natives to attract endangered butterflies and pollinators with a lightweight soil depth of 4 to 12 inches. Both greenroofs utilize a sophisticated fertigation system and are served by a 16,000 gallon greywater and rainwater harvesting cistern.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

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The landscape mitigates stormwater management both at the street level with rain gardens and at the roof levels with the greenroofs, and the edible garden encourages residents to connect with nature in the city and with one another. 38 Dolores is a thriving and sustainable example of embracing sophisticated design with dense and efficient housing for multicultural city living.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Year: 2013
Owner: 
Prado Group
Location: 
San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: 
Multi-Use
Type: 
Extensive & Intensive
System: 
Other
Size: 
15700 sq.ft.
Slope: 
2%
Access: 
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: APDW Landscape Architecture
Architect:
William McDonough + Partners
Architect:
BAR Architects
Structural Engineer:
Tipping Mar and Associates
Greenroof System:
Garden Roof Assembly, American Hydrotech
Landscape Contractor:
Valleycrest (Brightview)
Contractor:
Webcor
LEED Consultant:
Webcor Builders
Civil Engineer:
BKF Engineers
Irrigation:
Brookwater
Owner/Developer:
Prado Group
Greenwall System: VGM Greenwall, Tournesol Siteworks

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

All the Info:

View 38 Dolores to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in
The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 10/23/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of Doug Dun/ BAR Architects; April Philips, FASLA, APDW Landscape Architecture; and 38 Dolores.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week October 23 2017 38 Dolores San Francisco