Take Advantage of Grey to Green 2018’s Early Bird Rates and Save $100, by GRHC

March 2, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Grey to Green Conference // greytogreenconference.org
Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

Take advantage of our early bird rates and save $100

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the 6th Annual Grey to Green Conference is taking place on May 15-16, 2018 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto.  Grey to Green focuses on green infrastructure design, research and policy and connects professionals working to integrate natural elements into the built environment.

The 2018 agenda features a wide variety of innovative content on stormwater management, urban agriculture, biophilic design, green infrastructure and the Internet of Things, and designing green communities.

Grey to Green 2018 Agenda

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green InfrastructureSteven Peck, the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, will kick off the night with an industry update and speak to the ever increasing need to adopt green infrastructure in our cities before introducing the events panelists.

Architect Tye Farrow, a senior partner at Farrow Partners, envisions transforming the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths.  Claire Nelischer from the Ryerson University City Building Institute shares her research findings on the need for the Rail Deck Park, a proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor between Blue Jays Way and Bathurst Street.

As designers and researchers continue to intrigue the region with futuristic projects, Grey to Green also highlights the importance of green infrastructure policy to the success and continued growth of the industry.  Deborah Martin-Downs, the CAO of Credit Valley Conservation and Chair of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, will discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

Thought Leadership

The bulk of Grey to Green will take place on Wednesday May 16th showcasing a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure adoption and widespread implementation.  These thought leaders and change agents will give you exclusive access into their design processes, research findings and policy developments that will no doubt be part of our future urban fabric.

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

Don’t miss the Afternoon Keynote featuring Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure and Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design, as he talks about San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park as well as discussing the work on the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China.

The concurrent sessions explore trends in urban agriculture, green walls, rain gardens, green roof research findings, biophilic design and stormwater management all under the theme of building resilient communities.

Save $100 on registration when you sign up before March 29, 2018!

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

Training Courses & Tours

Grey to Green will also feature a variety of training courses on May 15th such as Biophilic Design, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Green Roof Design & Installation and Green Walls 101.  To top off the event we have also curated an array of tours to highlight Toronto’s outstanding green infrastructure projects.

Explore Toronto’s East End that has been reinvigorated with green infrastructure design, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production plant and tour the Ryerson Rooftop Farm!  Register for tours and training courses at greytogreenconference.org.

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

Register now as early bird rates end March 19, 2018

Grey to Green Conference is pending approval for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

Can’t make Grey to Green 2018CitiesAlive 2018 is currently accepting proposals until March 11, 2018. Visit citiesalive.org for details.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Take Advantage GreytoGreen 2018 Early Bird Rates Save $100

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Patrick Blanc to Speak at the International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait (17-18 February) by Wolfgang Ansel

February 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

The 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait (17-18th February 2018, Al Shaheed Park) is only a week away.  For the first time this special event will bring together Green Building experts from the Middle East, Europe and the USA for a cross-border exchange of experiences in the field of Green Roofs and Green Walls.

Noted French Botanist Patrick Blanc Added to Distinguished Speakers

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Part of the outstanding speaker programme is Patrick Blanc, the inventor of the Mur Végétal or Vertical Garden concept – plant walls, which enable the introduction of biodiversity onto the concrete walls of towns.  Altogether, Patrick has created over 300 Vertical Gardens all over the world including projects in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai.

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

360 Mall in Kuwait City by Patrick Blanc. Image courtesy of ©Mitchell Duncan & Associates Ltd.

Many of Patrick’s works are in conjunction with famous architects like Jean Nouvel, Herzog and de Meuron, Tadao Ando, Andrée Putman, Marc Newson, Francis Soler, and many more.

See the entire outstanding Speaker Programme at www.greenroofworld.com.

Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah – Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 is under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al Sabah – Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri.  The Amiri Diwan has successfully rehabilitated the Al Shaheed Park with wide green spaces, landscaping and waterfalls, as well as many buildings and multi-purpose facilities and uses – and it’s one of the largest green roofs in the world.

Pioneering Congress in the Persian Gulf

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

The pioneering congress in Kuwait will have an important impact on the development of the Green Building topic in the Middle East.  More information about the exciting congress programme with excursion, lectures, panel discussion and evening reception can be found at www.greenroofworld.com.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this unique event.

Register Today at http://www.greenroofworld.com/registration/.

We look forward to seeing you in Kuwait’s new urban oasis – the Al Shaheed Park.  Please don’t hesitate to share this information within your network.Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Patrick Blanc Will Speak 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.

Patrick Blanc Will Speak International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

Three Weeks to Go – Register Today for the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait (17th-18th February 2018) by Wolfgang Ansel

January 30, 2018 at 1:00 am

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

The first IGRA Congress in the Persian Gulf region will focus on Nature Based Solutions for Green Buildings in dry climates. Practical Green Roof and Green Wall technology will be presented, discussed and taught along with the latest achievements in standards, science, and municipal strategies.

An International Line-up of Speakers

Greenroofs.com will present the Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-Humid Regions. From beautiful vertical gardens in Chile, Bahrain, and Kuwait to desert oases from Denver, Riyadh and Dubai to combining living roofs and walls, energy and other green technologies, Linda Velazquez has selected spectacular and eco-sensitive designs that are succeeding in harsh regions of the world.

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

More information about the outstanding Speaker Programme with experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the US can be found at www.greenroofworld.com.

Kuwait City – The Host City

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Persian Gulf country awaits its visitors with an intriguing mix of western liberalism and traditional Islamic culture. The capital, Kuwait City, is a modern metropolis with high-rise buildings and luxury hotels. Kuwait City has numerous attractions which include excellent museums, a corniche ornamented with combed beaches and extravagant restaurants, modern shopping complexes and marinas, long and lazy retreats, and new beach resorts.

A Very Green Congress Venue

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The congress venue, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City (http://alshaheedpark.com) with almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs, is a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climates by using appropriate Green Roof systems.

Join Us in the Desert Oasis Experience

With only three weeks to go, Register Today at http://www.greenroofworld.com/registration/ for the 5th International Green Roof Congress in Kuwait on February 17 – 18, 2018).  Join us for this pioneering event!

We look forward to seeing you in Kuwait.  Please don’t hesitate to share this information within your network of living architecture and green infrastructure colleagues.Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

Register Today 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.

Register Today 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for January 29, 2018: Casa Vallarta

January 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Casa Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
7,653 sf greenroof and 3,090 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: January 29, 2018

Another spectacular example of living architecture is the Casa Vallarta.  Driven by home’s extraordinary context on the Mexican Jalisco coast, the architects have connected the home owners with a gorgeous Pacific Ocean panorama surrounding the property.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Mini Description & Details

Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas, Casa Vallarta is a beautiful masterpiece of modern design with a lush ecological aesthetic embracing a wide array of living architecture. Conceived as a vacation oasis in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin designed the home with spectacular ocean views.

The use of natural stone and concrete walls create fresh spaces that dually provide passive cooling during hot seasons. Designed by Cynthia Villalba (formerly of Zona Verde MX), a striking greenroof and multiple luxuriant greenwalls are oriented to the northeast and seamlessly integrate the house with the landscape.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Being right next to the ocean, the most logical design intention was to give the greenroof and walls some kind of movement. This led to curves speaking about the landscape tracing, and tall grasses speaking about the plant selection due to their graceful swaying in the wind. The designers also wanted to guarantee a unique experience when standing on the roof and used plants that provide different visual textures and heights.

The Zona Verde MX team planted more than 19,000 plants, including grasses, agaves, and perennials over the roof, and various short grasses and ferns in the greenwalls. The desire was for the effect to be not just green, but quite colorful, yet harmonic.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

More

Both stormwater and irrigated water are captured and guided to a storage stormwater tank, then filtered through a sand system and returned to the irrigation system. Almost 15,000 square feet of a 100% PET recycled geotextile were used in the various areas, which translates to more than 33,500 recycled bottles of PET being used in the whole system.

And, both the greenwalls and greenroof have developed micro-habitats for local species like bees, spiders and dragonflies. Simply stated, Casa Vallarta is a stunning residence of ecological design on an exquisite setting.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Year: 2012
Owner:
Grupo Xtra Inmuebles
Location:
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Building Type:
Single-Family Residential
Type:
Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Greenroof Size:
7653 sq.ft. and Greenwall Size: 3090 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% and 100%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Cynthia Villalba, Zona Verde MX S.A. de C.V.
Design Architect: Arch. Alejandra Diaz de Leon, EZEQUIEL FARCA®
Architectural Project: Arch. Ezequiel Farca, EZEQUIEL FARCA
Contractor: Arch. Pablo Gutierrez, Grupo SYASA
100% Recycled PET Geotextile Manufacturer: Tecnologia de Reciclaje
Architecture and Interior Design: Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

All the Info:

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

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Casa Vallarta Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/29/18 video credits: Photos and video courtesy of Cynthia Villalba, formerly of Zona Verde MX; and Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, photos ©Roland Halbe and ©Jaime Navarro.

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