Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

June 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

The World Wide Web. – June 29, 2017 – Now in our eleventh year, Greenroofs.com Publisher Linda Velazquez announces the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”

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Amidst growing media interest and in our climate-changing world where it is more essential than ever to design with nature, Greenroofs.com has been bringing the latest projects in chic sustainability to the living architecture community since 2007.

As usual to be expected from the annual Top 10 Hot List, decisively outstanding, inspirational, and magnificent avant-garde structures and designers are underscored by exceptional green building envelope vegetation. And 2017 marks the first time Linda Velazquez has gone solo curating the yearly Top 10 compilation since previous collaborator Design Editor Haven Kiers stepped down due to a heavy professional schedule.

Linda recently inaugurated the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in Berlin last week at the highly successful WGIN, FBB and EFB World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017, which enjoyed over 800 registrants.  If you missed attending her fun and fast-paced presentation in Germany, join Linda and fellow colleagues this September in Seattle for the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Cities Alive 2017.

Projects from Across 6 Continents

For 2017, projects were compiled from across every continent except Antarctica – but should anyone ever propose or attempt to build a greenroof or greenwall in this snowy and icy domain, Linda will certainly add it to an upcoming List!  And since 2017 is barely half through, Greenroofs.com will keep an eye out for additional projects to be potentially added and delivered in Seattle.

2017 Greenroofs.com “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

9) Greening Remote Residences

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

Holistic approaches take center stage through integrating vegetation and using technologies to encourage energy efficient and environmentally friendly building envelopes.  Some of the projects include:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

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Photo: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

A Greenroofs.com perennial favorite category for those projects which are just too unique, the Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls category includes: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles – May the (Green) Force Be with You: Showcasing the life work of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, the $1 billion museum resembles a sinuous space ship, with undulating ribbons of plant life set on a sprawling, lush 6 – 7 acre greenroof park set atop underground parking. The Vancouver Public Library in B.C., Canada: Opening the “Garden in the Sky” to the Public. The renovation of the iconic 1995 Central Library by Cornelia Oberlander and Moshe Safdie (and others) will include a new public roof garden at grade with the existing maples.

9) Greening Remote Residences

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Villa 3 Marias. Photos: Paisajismo Urbano, SMA.

The Villa 3 Marias in Morelia, Mexico overlooks hills and the Guayangareo Valley. Its 13 separate lush hydroponic greenwalls are located inside and out with a total of 11,000 plants, 35 species and 15 varieties. Villa Ypsilon in Greece is an accessible Y shaped greenroof which becomes an extension of olive grove landscape since the height of house is limited to tip of the olive trees, offering panoramic view to the mountains, bay of Schiza, and the island of Sapientza.

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

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Skyline Plaza Frankfurt. Photo: Optigrün international.

The mega mall Skyline Plaza Frankfurt in Germany has a 2.7-acre Skyline Garden rooftop garden with a huge network of paths, lawns, and playgrounds open to the public. Seoullo in Seoul, South Korea is a former 1970s inner city highway transformed in to a 983m-long public park. Fifty types of plants are displayed in 645 tree pots with 228 species and sub-species.

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

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Greendo. Photo: Keita Nagata Architectural Element.

Greendo in Takamatsu, Japan are five residences sandwiched between two roads in the mountainous terrain. Greened terraces form roofs of the homes below where children play and gardens aare grown. Cidade Matarazzo’s Rosewood Tower in São Paulo, Brazil will transform a former historic maternity ward into a 100m tall building to be “oasis at the heart” of the city. Native vegetation will populate the ‘landscape building’ with flowers, plants & trees protruding through and above the structure’s latticed steel façade.

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

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The Spheres: Amazon HQ. Photo: NBBJ.

Why build a boring office park, when you can create living architecture with three giant biospheres? NBBJ is working with Amazon to revitalize three city blocks of Seattle’s Denny Regrade neighborhood, and the centerpiece of the new Amazon headquarters will be the spheres: a multi-story, glass-enclosed workplace containing tens of thousands of plants and trees from around the world.  Patrick Blanc’s Rainforest Chandelier in Bangkok is the longest free hanging structure in the world totally covered by plants at 103 m long. Built for the luxury EmQuartier shopping mall renovation, the Spiral blade chandelier is suspended on stainless steel cables and planted with Ferns, Anthurium, Hoya, Cissus sicyoides, and many more from the French botanist.

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

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Oasia Hotel. Photo: © K. Kopter.

In Singapore, WOHA’s stunning red aluminum mesh cladded Oasia Hotel in the CBD: Conceived as a living green tower at 190.15 meters with four sky terraces and the sky garden above, it integrates 21 species of creepers, plants and flowers. The “landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment.”  The Atlas Hotel in Vietnam drips with vegetation: Vo Trong Nghia architects incorporated drapes of greenery to the 5-story balconies with plants overhanging each side of the building to reconnect guests with nature. The sheltered network of inter-connected courtyards is immersed in trailing plants, too.

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

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Google London HQ. Photo: Google.

Google’s London HQ is a £1 billion “Landscraper” to be as long as it’s tall and will bring all Googlers into one campus of 11 stories with 300-meter long rooftop gardens to be stepped just like the building. The garden’s many zones include a “pause area” filled with wildflowers & woodland plants, a cafe, and 200m running trail. The design of Beirut Terraces in Lebanon are influenced by layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history. And the 119 m-tall highrise of staggered plates are large planted overhangs whose lush vegetation offers privacy screens, creates cooler micro climates, and frames views.

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

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Monad Terrace. Graphic: Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Highlighted here in this trend for the wealthy are the spectacular Monad Terrace by Jean Nouvel in Miami Beach; One River Point Towers by Rafael Viñoly on the Miami River; and the Grove at Grand Bay by Bjarke Ingels of BIG.

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

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Shanghai Tower. Photo: Connie Zhou via My Modern Met.

Known for the firm’s iconic work on projects such as the Library of Congress Packard Campus and the California Academy of Sciences, some of SWA’s spectacular “Public Realm” overstructure greenroofs are highlighted including the Burj Khalifa Tower Park in Dubai, UAE influenced by traditional Islamic patterns – currently the #1 tallest building in the world; and the Shanghai Tower in China spiraling high with nine vertical zones and Sky Garden Terraces at every 22nd floor, and the #2 tallest building in the world.

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

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Mashambas Skyscraper. Photo: © Pawel Lipi?ski / Mateusz Frankowski.

The Mashambas Skyscraper for Swahili, Africa is the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winner, a mobile educational center to introduce a green revolution providing education, seeds, and fertilizer. The scalable skyscraper is conceived to reduce hunger in sub-Saharan where over 40% live in absolute poverty. Once a community becomes self-sufficient it moves on.And to wrap up the Greenroofs.com 2017 Top 10 Hot List, ‘Tour & Taxis’ is a mixed-use 135,000 sqm eco-neighborhood in central Brussels: Architect Vincent Callebaut proposes the concept of greening the site of the former customs clearing and storage complex and maritime terminal with vertical forests to build villas in the sky surrounded by roof gardens and creating public parks inside the office, retail, and public buildings. Of course, the Energy-Plus Masterplan Metamorphosis of the Gare Maritime is all covered in green and renewable energies.

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Tour & Taxis. Graphic: Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

 

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Since 1999, Greenroofs.com has been the international greenroof and greenwall industry’s resource and online information portal. We inform, promote and inspire through the interchange of ideas, projects, news, videos, events, research, people, company and community updates and marketing opportunities. Our interactive website, online media company, and vibrant social network produces the international Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and Directory, plus the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design since 2011.

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events + videos on demand through December, 2017.  Round #2 coming soon!

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Why You Don’t Want to Miss CitiesAlive 2017 by Kara Orr

June 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

Register by June 30 and Save $100!

Countless reasons abound to join colleagues at CitiesAlive: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference taking place in Seattle, Washington on September 18-21, 2017 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  With an all-new theme, Building Resilience and Equity Across Cascadia: People, Community, and Places, you will explore the science behind green roof and wall performance, technology, and design through the lens of the different climates and cities within Cascadia.

Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s dynamic conference:

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

1. REGIONAL FOCUS

CitiesAlive 2017 includes over 80 Cascadia-specific, North American, and international expert-led presentations, and an all new In the Design Studio With… session.  Keynote speakers include:

Governor Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Bill Browning, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun• Chris Guillard, PLA, Founding Partner, CMG Landscape Architects
Mami Hara, General Manager / CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department
Gil Kelly, Chief Planner and General Manager, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Paul Kephart, GRP, ASLA, CPSE, CEO & Ecology, Rana Creek Design
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems; Chair, GBCI
Kathleen Wolf, PhD, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington
• Plus many, many more!

See the full agenda here.

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

2. CONNECT

Celebrate the region, make new contacts, and strengthen existing relationships with more networking opportunities than ever!  Mingle on the Trade Show Floor with outstanding exhibitors, celebrate Green Roof Professionals at the GRP Welcome Reception, honor colleagues at the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards of Excellence Luncheon, and make new memories at the Local Host Committee Reception taking place at the Seattle Aquarium.

To make it easier than ever, ALL of these outstanding events are INCLUDED in the new Advanced Delegate Pass!

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

3. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS

With knowledgeable guides leading the way, tour the most interesting green infrastructure projects that Seattle has to offer such as on September 20th and 21st:

• The Bertschi School Tour
• Bellevue City Hall’s Green Roof Tour
• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Building’s Green Roof Tour
• Bullitt Center Tour
• Etera’s Mount Vernon Site
• Freeway Park Tour
• High Point Community Tour
• UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden

4. NEW TRAINING COURSES

Whether you are an emerging professional or a seasoned expert the CitiesAlive training courses are carefully curated to meet your learning needs.  Choose from five courses including Green Roof Design & Installation, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Advanced Green Roof Maintenance, and new this year, Stormwater Workshop and a Biophilic Design Workshop.

CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 11 continuing education / professional development credits for LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, and RCI.

5. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

CitiesAlive programming (Trade Show, all technical sessions, opening & closing plenaries, GRP Welcome Reception, and Awards of Excellence) is taking place at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel – located right in the heart of downtown Seattle.  This all-in-one solution ensures you won’t miss a single thing!

Why You Don't Want Miss CitiesAlive 2017

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s CitiesAlive and the continued development of the green roof and wall industry.

Early Bird Discount: Register by June 30 to save $100.

Visit CitiesAlive.org to plan your CitiesAlive experience.

~ By Kara Orr

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Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America through education and advocacy. Contact Kara to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

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 Kara at: korr@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x226.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week May 30, 2017: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

May 30, 2017 at 2:11 pm
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Photo: Perkins+Will by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/30/17
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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre*
Vancouver, BC, Canada
17,222 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located in the heart of Vancouver, BC, the spectacular 22-hectare (55-acre) VanDusen Botanical Garden is renowned internationally for its beauty and for leadership in plant conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Exceeding LEED Platinum standards, the Living Building Challenge certified VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre uses renewable sources found on-site to meet net-zero energy annually.

Photovoltaics on the roof create electricity for the Centre, and hot water is provided by a biomass boiler fed by dry wood waste reclaimed from the surrounding area. Rainwater is filtered and used for the Centre’s greywater requirements; 100% of blackwater is treated by the on-site bioreactor.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designed by Perkins+Will and Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects (now Connect Landscape Architecture), the dynamic single-story structure includes an innovative prefabricated roof form that appears to float above the building’s curved rammed earth and concrete walls.  The Centre was inspired by the leaves and flower of an orchid. The undulating green roofs are located on the “petals” and are planted with grasses and colorful bulbs. The multi-petaled structure’s circular space is topped by a daylit oculus with a slope over 45 degrees which also serves as a solar chimney that exhausts hot air.

With slopes ranging from 2 degrees to 50 degrees, this project used three different greenroof systems: the “ZinCo Perennial Garden,” “ZinCo Sloping Meadow,” and the oculus roof with a slope of more than 45 degrees which was installed with the “ZinCo Steep Sloping Meadow” system including the Georaster elements for growing media retention. The vegetated land ramp connects the greenroof to the ground plane, encouraging use by local fauna and promoting biodiversity. The multi-award winning VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is truly a living building embracing bio-mimicry and is open to the public daily.

Publisher’s Note: The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is a featured project at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Year: 2011
Owner: City of Vancouver
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 17222 sq.ft.
Slope: 70%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Greenroofs.com Project Week May 2017 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Perkins+Will
Landscape Architect: Cornelia Oberlander with Sharp and Diamond Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Fast + EPP Engineers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Cobalt Engineers
Civil Engineer: Binnie Engineers
Ecologist: Nick Page
Greenroof System: ZinCo
Greenroof System Supplier: ZinCo Canada Inc.
Consultant: Architek Sustainable Building Products
Greenroof Contractor: Houston Landscapes
Waterproofing: Soprema
Roofing Contractor: Metro
Construction Management: Ledcor

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Nodding onions in bloom. Photo: Sharp Diamond Landscape Architecture via ZinCo Canada.

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More Info

View the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 5/30/17 video photos courtesy of ZinCo Canada; Perkins+Will graphics and photos including by Nic Lehoux via ZinCo Canada; VanDusen Botanical Garden; screenshot from September 2010 Landscape Architecture by ASLA; VanDusen Botanical Garden 1.jpg by Stan Shebs GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons; and Projects In Place Society.

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Round #2 coming soon!

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April 20, 2017 at 6:22 pm

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Join us online for the 1st 2017 Virtual Summit Facebook Live Free Event for Speaker Q & As

This 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture global social media event is Free and open to everyone!  Just like all of the next upcoming events throughout the year, connect with our awesome speakers on Friday April 21, Saturday April 22, and Sunday April 23.

Come to participate and see What It’s All About.

The Free Long Earth Day Weekend Starts Tomorrow!

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Aramis and I will start things off on Facebook tomorrow starting at 10:00 am EDT.

Get online and watch us as we broadcast live for the first time!

It’ll be fun, I’m sure, and we’ll break the ice since all of us are new to Facebook Live.  Ask questions and make comments on what and how we’re doing.  We’ll do our best to answer!

About a third of our Speakers will be online this Long Earth Day Weekend.  Many more will be online for Live Event #2 – stay tuned!

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New Addition to the Q & A Agenda

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From about 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT on Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day – Joseph (Joey) Velazquez of Greenroofs.com will be intermittently streaming live from Earth Day’s March for Science in Washington, DC.  He is our oldest child, filmmaker, screenwriter and Virtual Summit editor about to enter law school in the fall.

Join him and hundreds of thousands of people who believe in the science of climate change.  Preserving and ameliorating the health of our planet Earth is urgent and watch him to catch glimpses of this very important event.

Joey’s videos will be compiled and made available next week in case you miss it.

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To watch the Speaker videos and get 10 GRP CEUs  from Green Roofs Healthy Cities you must be registered (only $50 or $25) – but if you’re not yet, come and participate in the Facebook Live Q & As over the Long Earth Day Weekend: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 21, 22 & 23.

See you online tomorrow!

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

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

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