Enjoy the Early-Bird Rate Until May 31 for the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

May 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

How about visiting the luscious and very green island nation of Singapore this July and staying at the fabulous Marina Bay Sands?  Come and attend the IFLA World Congress 2018!

And, as Media Partners, Greenroofs.com wants you to not miss this chance to enjoy a discounted rate when you register by May 31, 2018.

The 55th IFLA World Congress 2018 will be the largest and most significant event for landscape professionals in the world, held on July 18-21.  Supported by 5 regions – Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific, it sets the stage at the ‘City in a Garden’ for professionals, government bodies and academics to be part of the in-depth discourse on trends, challenges, and business opportunities on a global scale.

Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Garden Festival, the IFLA World Congress 2018 is the key platform that champions landscape architecture as a major contributor to the development of attractive, liveable, equitable, and sustainable environments of the future through the themes of Biophilic City, Smart Nation, and Future Resilience.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The Congress promises an enriching experience that will feature the most inclusive exhibition showcase involving landscaping solutions, innovations, and products in the Asia Pacific region.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

“Singapore is a country that has made tremendous efforts in infusing nature into the heart of all urban developments. Boasting an impressive network of trails and pathways that connects parts and green spaces, the city-state has made considerable efforts to also integrate nature into its vertical spaces. Join us for a first-hand experience in exploring the deep wonders of what the city has to offer!

Delegates can look forward to be part of our specially curated Technical Tours, where we go on to explore award-winning sites right in this garden city.” ~ IFLA World Congress 2018

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The tours are just one key event at IFLA 2018, and I’m sure they will be awesome!  See the Events at a Glance.

Speakers & Research

Internationally-renowned speakers include:

DAAN ROOSEGAARDE
Studio Roosegaarde

Artist, innovator and a creative thinker Daan Roosegaarde work explores the relation between people, technology and space, such as the Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the
world) and the Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night).

PROF. TIMOTHY BEATLEY
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Timothy Beatley’s work mainly focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can
fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more liveable and equitable places.

PROF. DR. PETER
EDWARDS

Principal Investigator, Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes, Future Cities Laboratory & Principal Investigator, Cooling Singapore, Singapore-ETH Centre

Peter Edwards has always had a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy. In Singapore, he led his teams to find means to maximize ecosystem benefits in urban
environments, and ways to mitigate the urban heat island effect in the tropics, to make cities more resilient and liveable.

 

The congress also features pioneering research in paper presentations across the Biophilic Cities, Smart Nation and Future Resilience tracks, some of which include:

Ecological Urban Placemaking, Hawaii
Materialising Microclimate: Designing with data for thermal effect, Australia
Foresting Parking Lots, Italy …..and more.

Visit and Register Today for the Early Bird Discount

Click here for the IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore conference program.  Book your passes at the link below now to take advantage of early bird rates up until May 31!

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore
IFLA World Congress 2018 in SingaporeIFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

I can’t imagine a better venue than the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with its spectacular Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort SkyPark® by Safdie Architects, Arup and so many more.

IFLA World Congress 2018 in Singapore

The views are spectacular, and I’m sure the IFLA World Congress 2018 will be, too.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for May 7, 2018: Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)

May 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm


Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & TomsKensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)
London, UK
65,340 sf Greenroof

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: May 7, 2018

London’s iconic and beautiful 1938 Kensington Roof Gardens – and celebrity party venue – closed its doors to the public in early January.  Citing an ever changing London market and unpredictable market conditions, Virgin Limited Edition decided to close their doors.

As an English Heritage-designated Grade II Site added to the National Heritage List for England, the gardens will remain intact but who will maintain the site, with its four resident flamingos, is up in the air.  The historic Derry & Toms Roof Gardens was designed by Ralph Hancock, the same designer as the equally famous ‘Garden of the Nations’ of 1933-1935 atop the eleventh floor of the RCA building at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Also read the April 27, 2018 guest feature 37 Years After Opening to the Public, the Kensington Roof Gardens Has Closed Down by Pedro Dias here on Greenroofs.com for more info on this important urban greening project.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo: @theroofgardens (Instagram account now closed).

Mini Description & Details

The Roof Gardens (formerly known as Derry and Toms Roof Gardens and the Kensington Roof Gardens) is a 6,000 m2 exotic urban oasis situated six floors up and 100 feet above Kensington High Street in London.  Closed as of January 2018, Virgin Limited Edition, the most recent leaseholder, was not able to reach an agreement with the freeholder about renewal of the lease.

Previously occupied and made famous by the Derry & Toms Department Store, The Roof Gardens has been owned by Sir Richard Branson since 1982.  Part of Virgin Limited Edition, they hosted a members’ club, a private function venue and the Babylon Restaurant on the seventh floor overlooking the gardens.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo: @theroofgardens

The Roof Gardens was open to the public during this time.  In 1936, Welsh landscape architect Ralph Hancock designed the roof garden.  Over a two-year period Hancock planted more than 500 species of plants and shrubs within 18-36” of growing media in the one and a half acre site.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

A plan of the roof gardens in a 1950s promotional pamphlet” – designed by Ralph Hancock – from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

L: “A Garden in the Sky” from Parks and Gardens UK; R: “A Spanish garden on a roof in London” from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

The Derry and Toms Roof Gardens opened in May 1938.  Queen Mary and other members of the British Royal family visited the roof gardens early after opening.  At the time, the roof garden was London and Europe’s largest intensive greenroof.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

“Queen Mary visiting the roof gardens” from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Flamingos in the Woodland Garden.  Photo: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

The three themed gardens include: the Spanish Garden, planted with palm trees with a court of fountains, as well as Moorish colonnades and vine-covered walkways; the formal Tudor Courtyard, which features Hancock’s trademark herringbone brickwork pathways and impressive Tudor-inspired arches; and the English Woodland Garden, with over 100 trees and a flowing stream with fish, ducks, and four resident flamingos.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photos: The Roof Gardens/Virgin.

More

Now closed after 37 years of one of London’s best-known nightlife scenes and event venues, plans for The Roof Gardens remain uncertain.

As an English Heritage-designated Grade II Site, the gardens will not be demolished but who will maintain the site is unknown.  London’s most famous and historic roof garden may still yet have a future as a secret garden in the sky.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Dave Walker’s Derry and Toms Roof Garden Postcard from the Trevor Bowen Estate from The Library Time Machine of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Kensington_roof_gardens_tent.jpg” by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Kensington_roof_gardens_window.JPG” by Tomhannen at English Wikipedia Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Year: 1938
Owner:
Virgin Limited Edition
Location:
London, England, UK
Building Type:
Commercial
Type:
Intensive
System:
Custom
Size:
65340 sq.ft.
Slope:
1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photos courtesy of Something Different London.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Commissioned by: Trevor Bowen, Barkers
Landscape Architect: Ralph Hancock
Architect: Bernard George
2008-2009 Restoration: Conservation Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, English Heritage, Colwyn Foulkes and Randle Siddeley
The Roof Gardens Head Gardener: David Lewis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

A Chilean Flamingo in the Kensington Roof Gardens. Kensington_roof_gardens_flamingo.jpg by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

All the Info:

View the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms)  project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Kensington Roof Gardens Derry & Toms

Photo courtesy of Something Different London.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Kensington Roof Gardens (The Roof Gardens, Derry & Toms) Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/07/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Something Different London; Virgin Limited Edition; Dave Walker’s Derry and Toms Roof Garden Postcard, Trevor Bowen and Miss Diana Wynyard 1940s, and Spanish Garden from the Trevor Bowen Estate from The Library Time Machine of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Library;  A Spanish garden on a roof in London,  A plan of the roof gardens in a 1950s promotional pamphlet, and Queen Mary visiting the roof gardens from the House of Fraser Archive at the University of Glasgow Library; @theroofgardens (Instagram account now closed); Derry’s Kensington, A Garden in the Sky, and Sun Pavilion Derry Gardens from Parks and Gardens UKDerry & Toms 26.JPG by Edwardx, Own work licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Kensington_roof_gardens_tent.jpg by flickr user Bryce Edwards CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons; and Kensington_roof_gardens_window.JPG by Tomhannen at English Wikipedia Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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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 Summits Host

Discover Toronto’s First Vertical Forest, a 21-Acre Roof Park and More at Grey to Green 2018

May 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

Discover More at Grey to Green 2018

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the Grey to Green 2018 Conference in Toronto will highlight some of the latest advancements in green infrastructure design, research, and policy.  With content ranging from local to international, you will gain insight into the practices of leading industry professionals who are changing the way we design our cities.

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure.  Discover a concept that will transform the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths; explore the viability behind the proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor and discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

An Expert Line-up

On Wednesday May 16th, the technical sessions will showcase a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure innovation, adoption, and widespread implementation.  With over 50 expert speakers and two keynote panels, Grey to Green is the premier event for connecting with actors driving the green infrastructure industry.

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

On May 16th, attend the Policy Roundtable, Creating a Better Policy Environment to Intensity Green Infrastructure Application.  Dr. Hamid Karimi will discuss Washington, DC’s innovative stormwater retention credit trading system where property owners buy and sell credits on the open market; John Mackenzie will share opportunities for greater collaboration between provincial and municipal policy; and Steven Peck will reveal the new Living Architecture Performance Tool for green roofs and green walls.

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The Afternoon Keynote features Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio, who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure; Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design, shares details on San Francisco’s new Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park and the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China; and Brian Brisbin, Principal at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects, reveals the plans for Toronto’s First Vertical Forest.

Technical Sessions, Training & Tours

Technical Sessions focus on a variety of green infrastructure applications including biophilic design, urban agriculture, stormwater monitoring, dynamic landscapes and new this year, In the Design Studio with sessions.

For more information check out the Agenda here!

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

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 the connection between green infrastructure and healthcare on the Healthy Hospitals Tour, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production facility, and learn from green wall experts Laura Kennedy and Mitch Cowburn of Nedlaw Living Walls on the Green Wall Walking Tour.

See the Training Courses here and Tours here!

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

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.

Don’t Miss Toronto’s First Green Infrastructure Week

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

Grey to Green Conference is excited to be the anchor event for the region’s first Green Infrastructure Week (GIW).  GIW is May 13-19, 2018 and will feature a variety of tours and workshops designed to promote the benefits of green infrastructure.

Don’t miss the guided tour of Trillium Park, a tour of Ripple Farms’ vertical aquaponics facility, and the Toronto East End Rain Garden Crawl!

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

For more information on Green Infrastructure Week, visit greytogreenconference.org/giw.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Discover More Grey to Green 2018

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.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure at Grey to Green 2018, by GRHC

April 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

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

Save $50 When You Register Before April 30th!

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Grey to Green 2018

The 6th Annual Grey to Green Conference is taking place 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.

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 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.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure

Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure.  Discover a concept that will transform the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths; explore the viability behind the proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor and discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

On May 16th, the technical sessions will showcase 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.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

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; 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; and Brian Brisbin, Principal at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects in his presentation on Toronto’s First Vertical Forest.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Courses and 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 the connection between green infrastructure and healthcare on the Healthy Hospitals Tour, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production facility and learn from green wall experts, Laura Kennedy and Mitch Cowburn of Nedlaw Living Walls on the Green Wall Walking Tour.

Learn more at greytogreenconference.org.

Save $50

Register now as early bird rates end April 30, 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 Infrastructure Week

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Grey to Green Conference is excited to be the anchor event for the region’s first Green Infrastructure Week (GIW).  GIW is May 13-19, 2018 and will feature a variety of tours and workshops designed to promote the benefits of green infrastructure.

Don’t miss the guided tour of Trillium Park, a tour of Ripple Farms’ vertical aquaponics facility and the Toronto East End Rain Garden Crawl!

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

For more information on Green Infrastructure Week visit greytogreenconference.org/giw.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

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.