Watch the “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Individual Video “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén.  He is actually our newest contributing editor here at Greenroofs.com, and I am in the middle of translating his first column – look for it very soon!  We will present it in both English and Spanish, the first time we publish an article in two languages.

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Marc says, “I have a real need to observe all that involves me, to capture the essence of each small part of a landscape, in order to understand the natural balance of Nature, that Nature we had already pushed out from our lives. So I created Phyto Kinetic, to gain those lost green spaces in where there’s only concrete and asphalt; a world trademark to “engarden” the roofs of public transport. Finally, we have started to have green roofs and vegetal walls; now we have also gardens in movement.” Marc’s presentation will be in English.

Marc dice que tiene necesidad de observar todo lo que lo envuelve, para captuar la esencia de cada parte pequeño del paisaje par mejor entender el balance natural de la Naturaleza. Creyó Phyto Kinetic para ganar esos espacios verdes perdidos en donde sólo hay concreto y asfalto. Al fin, hemos comenzado a tener azoteas verdes y muros vegetados; ahora tenemos jardines en movimiento.

Here’s more:

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Bescanó, Spain.  Marc Grañén says, “My artistic point of view of life and my intense love of natural landscapes make the perfect combination for what has become my daily occupation. I am a landscape artist. Nature is my inspiration and my family, my best teacher. We live in Bescanó, our small hometown in the northeast of Spain.” ~ VS2013

Watch the “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.tv playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

GRHC Call for Papers: CitiesAlive 2015 in NYC – Due on February 27, 2015

December 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, fresh from its CitiesAlive 2014 conference in Nashville, has issued their 2015 Call for Papers:

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Invitation to Present Living Architecture Design, Policy, or Research at CitiesAlive 2015 in New York City

Living Architecture in New York
For Resilient People, Communities and Places

Green roofs and walls have a vast, but unrealized potential to address many of the fundamental challenges facing New York City. CitiesAlive is heading to the Big Apple for the first time in October 2015. The conference will draw an anticipated 1000 delegates and will work to explore and showcase underutilized living architecture opportunities. These include:

  • Maintaining and improving community well-being
  • Supporting individual health and well-being
  • Creating quality affordable housing
  • Cleaning NYC’s waterways
  • Preparing to address the ongoing threat of climate change and severe weather:
    • Rising sea levels/storm surges
    • Increasing heat waves/urban heat island
    • Extreme weather events/flooding

The walls and the roofs of New York City provide hundreds of square miles of surfaces that can be used to help address many of these pressing issues. CitiesAlive delegates will tour leading edge projects, research facilities and see some unique sites such as the High Line and Brooklyn Grange. Technical sessions are directed towards design, research and policy communities and will focus on the latest scientific research, products, and policies all of which are critical to meeting the challenge of promoting healthy and resilient people and places in New York City.

2015 Topic Areas

This Call for Papers is due no later than February 27, 2015. We are in search of academic papers, projects and policies around the following themes:

  • Resilient People
    • Nature as The Model:
      • The latest in biophilic design theory
      • The impacts of biophilic design on individual mental health and well-being
      • The economic impact of biophilic design on real estate values, human productivity
    • Healthy Living on the Roof:
      • Leveraging green infrastructure for human health and well-being
      • Rooftop parks:
        • Programming, design, installation and maintenance
      • Healing gardens:
        • Programming, design, installation and maintenance
      • Working Green:
        • Policies and actions that generate green jobs
  • Resilient Communities
    • Making Green Affordable:
      • Benefits associated with green infrastructure and affordable housing
    • Engagement:
      • Community based design processes
      • Green infrastructure to influence the urban form
    • Building it Green:
      • Effective policy making for rapid green infrastructure deployment
      • Community revitalization and green infrastructure
    • Payback from the Rooftop:
      • The business case for living architecture – life-cycle cost-benefit analysis
      • The economics of green wall, design installation and maintenance (cost-benefit)
  • Resilient Places:
    • Keeping it Cool:
      • Urban heat island research and modeling
      • Urban heat island economics
    • Respecting the Water:
      • Stormwater volume and quality attenuation, green roofs and walls
      • Water harvesting techniques – grey and black water
    • Roof-to-Table:
      • Urban agricultural production (plants and animals)
      • Urban food production and resiliency
      • The business case for urban farming
    • Keeping it Green:
      • Maintenance and living architecture

Benefits of presenting at CitiesAlive

• Opportunity to present your groundbreaking research, innovative design case study or novel policy changes to a highly interested group of green roof and wall enthusiasts.
• Speakers are featured on www.citiesalive.org with their presentation description, photo and biography.
• Speakers will receive a reduced rate of $350 to attend as a full delegate, which includes the trade show, plenary sessions, the Awards of Excellence, networking receptions and other sessions.
• Speakers will also receive a free electronic copy of the conference proceedings (valued at $160).

The deadline to submit your abstract and short bio is February 27, 2015! These will be reviewed and scored by an expert panel and you will be notified by March 31st.

CALL FOR PAPERS APPLICATION FORM

Visit www.citiesalive.org for more information about the conference in the coming months.

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I guess Haven and I had better get to it and get our abstract ready for our 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!  For our 2014 Top 10 List we selected The Big Green Apple: New York City in our #3 position as a wonderful area of the world which has been deeply involved with living architecture for years – very appropriate!

Cities Alive in NYC will be awesome – we’ll get to see “old” friends (Wendy and Chris Wark, and Steven Cantor among just a few) and partake of the bounty that is New York City!

~ Linda V.

Watch the “Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future” Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the “Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future” Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge, Co-founder of Livingroofs.org and President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), among others.

Dusty has been a frequent collaborator of Greenroofs.com, contributing several Guest Feature Articles over the years.  And, he was an early supporter of our inaugural 2011 Virtual Summit where he participated in the “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” Panel Presentation with Christine Thuring, Nathalie Baumann, and Gary Grant.

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Here’s more:

London, UK. Dusty Gedge is a green roof campaigner and designer, who has actively promoted green roofs in the UK since 1997. He has designed a number of seminal roofs and helped develop the London Green Roof Policy. He is also the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), established three PhD studies on green roof research, and has a particular interest in biodiversity on green roofs. He is also a writer, blogger and sometimes TV presenter.

Dusty is co-author of Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, 2011 and DIY Guide to Green & Living Roofs, among other publications. In 2004 Dusty co-founded Livingroofs.org, a non-profit organisation established to promote, advise upon and seek research into green roofs and similar structures within the context of urban and rural regeneration. In 2012 he travelled and worked in Ecuador on a film for the Yasuni TT initiative that aims to protect the national park from oil exploration, and has been working in Sweden, France and elsewhere on green roof policies and guidelines.” ~ VS2013

Watch the “Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future” Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.tv playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Video & Project of the Week for October 6, 2014: One Central Park

October 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/06/14

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One Central Park
Sydney, Australia
12,917 sf. Greenroof & Greenwalls

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Project 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.

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.

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: Accessible, Open to Public

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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

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the One Central Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.