Project of the Week for February 13, 2017: National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

February 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Aerial of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 13, 2016. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/13/17

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National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Washington, D.C., USA
5,800 Extensive Greenroof & approximately 5,500 sq. ft. Intensive Over Structure Greenroof

NOTE: In celebration of Black (African-American) History Month, we are very pleased to showcase the NMAAHC.

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Situated on five acres on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the $540 million National Museum of African American History and Culture seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. The Smithsonian’s first LEED Gold project, it was first proposed by black Civil War veterans 102 years ago and after much debate and opposition from legislators, the museum was finally approved by an Act of Congress. Championed by deceased Republican U.S. Senator Sam Brownback and Democrat Georgia Representative and civil rights campaigner John Lewis, it opened on September 24, 2016. President Obama dedicated the museum and Representative Lewis called it a place that celebrated “the dignity of the dispossessed.” The interior is composed of five large gallery spaces containing over 35,000 artifacts related to African American history, community, and culture, and covers slavery, civil rights, sports, historic black communities, music, visual arts, and more.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

NMAAHC inauguration day with President Obama dedicating the museum under The Porch. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Designed by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, the 420,000 square foot building has a three-tiered shape and is inspired by the Yoruban Caryatid, a traditional wooden column which features a crown or corona at its top. Reaching toward the sky, the bronze-colored filigree corona expresses faith, hope and resiliency. Below, visitors enter through a grand “porch” at the south side. The Porch is an outdoor welcome area and the 175-foot-long steel and concrete canopy shades visitors with its upward tilt. An extensive greenroof planted with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Moerings USA/Sempergreen covers the porch’s overhang. Much of the north lawn is a large intensive greenroof which covers the galleries below and the glass oculus that juts up from the grounds to help illuminate the underground portions. At night, the corona glows, presenting stunning views of the museum from a variety of vantage points in and around the Mall. The location and design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture represent the past, present, and future of the African American experience in ways that are both tangible and symbolic.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The oculus as seen from the interior. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The NMAAHC intensive over structure greenroof on the north side with the glass oculus peeping through. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Year: 2016
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 11300 sq.ft. total approximately
Slope: 1% – 4%
Access: Extensive Greenroof is Inaccessible & Intensive Greenroof is Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The Washington Memorial as seen from the Porch greenroof. Photo courtesy of Moerings USA / Sempergreen.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The filigree allows filtered light to illuminate the space. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractor: Clark/Smoot/Consigli Construction
Architect of Record: The Freelon Group
Architect: Adjaye Associates
Lead Designer: David Adjaye
Architect:
Smith Group JJR
Landscape Architect: GGN – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd
Architect: Davis Brody Bond
Greenroof System Manufacturer: Henry Company
Extensive Greenroof Vegetation Supplier: Moerings USA/Sempergreen
Engineered Soil & Irrigation: 
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Porch Engineers: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Exhibit Design: Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

Construction of The Porch’s extensive greenroof, laying the pre-vegetated sedum mats, above, and the finished living roof, below, already drawing interest from local wildlife. Photo: Moerings USA / Sempergreen.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

View the National Museum of African American History and Culture PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week National Museum African American History Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Photo credit: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the National Museum of African American History and Culture Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/13/17 video photos courtesy of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Photo credits: Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC except for Hand-painted banner for Obama presidential campaign 2008, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elizabeth Hess; Moerings USA/Sempergreen and Aerial of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, April 29, 2016, photo by Anthony Lyons, courtesy of Moerings USA/Sempergreen; Exterior of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, July 20, 2016 by Fuzheado – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, on Wikimedia and U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Musician’s Mate Stephen Hassay/Released by Official Navy Page from United States of America MUC Stephen Hassay/U.S. Navy, content in the public domain on Wikimedia.

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Save the Dates for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit: April 9 – 30!

January 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Greenroofs.com is excited to announce the dates for our upcoming 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 9 – 30!

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Held previously in 2015, 2013 and 2011, our biennial Virtual Summits have been very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our fields of green infrastructure and living architecture via the power of the Internet – and we have new speakers and cool special features to make 2017 the best to date!

“Imagine a world of green: What are we doing to advance living architecture?” ~ Greenroofs.com’s Virtual Summits

Building upon these initiatives, our 4th foray into the world of online virtual conferences embraces these awesome, inspiring, and highly esteemed Keynotes confirmed for the 2017 Virtual Summit so far:

EMILIO AMBASZ:
Commendatore (Commander) della Rep. Italiana, Ordine della Stella d’Italia; Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; Honorary International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; ISA 2014 Medal for Science, The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna; First Madre Terra Awardee

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Emilio Ambasz is a highly acclaimed green architect, award-winning industrial and graphic designer, author, and former Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and is best known for his “Green over Gray” philosophy of design sensitivity.  Since its inception in 1976 as building consultants and planners, Emilio Ambasz & Associates has created a belief in and identification with quality to find representative expression in form, performance, added value, and strong symbolic content.

In all its projects, the firm seeks to reconcile the building with nature with the complete integration of building and the landscape.  A pioneer of ecological architecture, just a few of Emilio’s iconic living architecture portfolio projects include the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan, Environment Park (EnviPark) in Turin, Italy, and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) in Venice, Italy.  The design sense in all three of these examples reconciles a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space:

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STEPHEN RITZ:
STEM / STEAM Executive Director, National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx; Founder of Green Bronx Machine; 2015 Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalist; TED TALK 2012: A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx

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For over 30 years Stephen Ritz has been a science teacher/administrator in the nation’s poorest congressional district, the South Bronx.  His mantra is “Si se puede!” (Yes you can!) using “Amer-I-Can” innovation and spirit in his message of hope, urgency, and resilience.  As founder of the student-led Green Bronx Machine, his super-charged energy focuses on education, affordable local food systems, and 21st century workforce development.

Years ago Stephen’s class had the first living wall in an NYC school growing veggies and herbs, and in 2016 opened the National Health, Wellness and Learning Center, a 100+ year old reclaimed school library, with indoor gardens, robotics, a 100% mobile classroom kitchen with broadcast capabilities, solar and pedal power stations, computer lab, outside gardens, and more.  The innovative STEM/STEAM curriculum is integrated with plant-based teaching lessons that align with core school curriculum.  His upcoming book The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools (May 2017), is his inspiring story about how incorporating gardening and plants into teaching curriculum moved the graduation rate of students from 17% to 100% and improved attendance to 93% in his South Bronx high school.

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New in 2017

For maximum engagement between speakers and participants from across the globe, for the VS 2017 we’ll be offering some very social platforms so you can easily watch your favorite videos then network in real time with your favorite speakers with new ways to connect, watch, and interact.  Come join us online to find out!

People, Projects & Design

Our website and the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture have always been focused on People, Projects & Design:

PEOPLE: Creative thinkers, innovators, and trailblazers sharing project-focused organic “vegitecture”

PROJECTS: International icons of sustainability: early successes + current & visionary profiles of excellence in design

DESIGN: Proven standards of diverse green technologies + dynamic and cutting edge designs for greening the planet with building integrated greenery: bioclimatic, biodiversity, biomimicry & chic sustainability

This is what and who we are.  Stay tuned for more exciting information, coming soon!

We’ll keep you posted along the way, but for now please Save the Dates now for April 9 – 30, 2017 for your participation in the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

In Memoriam: Dr. Diana Balmori

January 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

The quintessential thinker, master professional, and inspirational ecological designer, Dr. Diana Balmori, FASLA, IFLA, passed away on November 14, 2016 of lung cancer.  The brilliant, classy, and just wonderful lady transcended professional and even nationalistic labels; her design ethic metamorphosed fields of study and melded into one of a progressive yet sensitive sense of living architecture.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Dr. Diana Balmori. Photo by Margaret Morton.

Based in New York City for over 20 years, Diana Balmori was the renown landscape designer and principal of Balmori Associates.  She received numerous accolades over the years, and was internationally recognized for her progressive body of work.

2015 Virtual Summit Keynote Video

We here at Greenroofs.com were very fortunate to have had Diana Balmori as a Keynote speaker for our 2015 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design.  We had known her elegant soul since 2002, when she and I had both spoken at the Earth Pledge Foundation (now defunct) in New York City.  Since landscape architecture is my own background, I had been inspired by her work for a long time and greatly enjoyed following her progress throughout the years as a truly thoughtful representation of female leadership.

In July of last year we released her Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Keynote Video: “Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori; please watch it below to see some of her recent work:

Regarding greenroofs, for her 2015 Keynote video Diana wrote:

“The big picture is that half of the world lives in cities; it will be 2/3 by 2025.  Cities are major producers of all the things which are feeding climate change. Green roofs are a simple tool we could us to change this effect, if used at the macroscale.  Green roofs can also play an urban role as open space and as connectors.” ~ Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015

Specifically, she explained why greenroofs are a revolutionary tool at these levels: Building – by altering the relation between landscape and architecture to the benefit of both; City – by reducing the heat island effect; River – by preventing floods and cleaning drainage water; and Living Being – by improving our health.”

A Global Perspective

Having been born in Gijón, on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain, in 1932, she left with her parents to England in 1936 since her father, Clemente Hernando Balmori, a Spanish linguist and a Loyalist, needed to escape political persecution during the Spanish Civil War.  Her mother, Dorothy Ling Balmori, was an English pianist and composer who met her husband in Berlin while both were doing postgraduate work.  Right after the start of World War II, the family relocated to Argentina when her father obtained a teaching position.

Diana started her educational life in architecture; however, because of a student outbreak over a protest, her entire class was expelled.  She emigrated to the U.S. in 1952 with her Argentine-born husband whom she had met at university, the noted architect César Pelli.  She moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and in 1973 earned a doctorate in urban history at U.C.L.A.

Ms. Balmori championed a new understanding of landscape architecture and the built environment. She rejected the division between architecture and landscape, and the idea of landscaping as “shrubbing up,” as she sometimes put it: providing a beautiful backdrop for buildings. Instead, she saw the urban fabric as an interweaving of human activity, natural forces and designed settings and buildings.

“It’s bringing all the pieces together,” she told Guernica magazine in 2013, describing her concept of landscape architecture. “It’s not just buildings, it’s not just road; it’s also social factors, geological factors, climate factors — a much more complex mix.” The goal, she said, was a blending of “very clear human engineering with ecology and with landscape.” ~ The New York Times, 2016

Read the entire excellent “Diana Balmori, Landscape Architect With a Blending Philosophy, Dies at 84” by William Grimes of The New York Times for more on her life.

Recent Life and Times

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

From Diana’s staff in 2015 for the Virtual Summit:

Diana Balmori founded Balmori Associates in 1990. The landscape and urban design practice is recognized internationally for designing sustainable infrastructures that serves as an interface between landscape and architecture. In 2006, she created BAL/LABs within Balmori Associates, to further push the boundaries of architecture, art and engineering: Green Roofs, Floating Islands, Temporary Landscapes, Forms of Representation, and Zero Waste City, among others.

Diana keeps an active voice in national policy and decision-making on topics that relate to landscape design, architecture and urban planning. She has served as: member of The United States Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, DC; a Senior Fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC; a member of the Allston Development Group at Harvard University, Boston, MA; on the Board of The Van Alen Institute, New York City; The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation for the World Trade Center Site, New York City; and as a Committee Member for the Comprehensive Design Plan for the White House.

Diana’s opinion-editorials and articles about her work have been featured in Dwell, The Architects Newspaper, Monocle, El Pais, PBS, WNYC, Design Observer, and Utne Reader, which named her one of fifty “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009. She was named Fast Company’s Third Most Creative People in Business (June 2013) and one of ten Innovators by Architectural Digest (September 2013).

Her book A Landscape Manifesto (Yale University Press, 2010) has received international attention and was recently translated into Chinese. Her most recent book is Drawing and Reinventing Landscape (Architectural Design Primer) [above] (A/D Wiley, 2014). Since 1993 she has been a Critic at Yale University in both the School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

As noted above, Diana was voted one of 2013’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” from Fast Company – at # 3, no less.  She had been artfully leading the combined fields of landscape design, architecture and urban planning for decades:

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Diana was one of the early proponents of greenroofs and living architecture, and her 2005 research piece/inventory study on Long Island City – and its resulting “Asthma Alley” – demonstrated how living roofs could affect a direct health-oriented benefit in communities.  This research resulted in greenroofs being constructed atop Silvercup Studios and the Gratz Industries Company.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

In 2014 Diana and her firm Balmori Associates completed the enormous new governmental city of Sejong, Public Administration Town in South Korea.  Based on the previous natural attributes of the mountains and rivers on the site, her large masterplan introduced the idea of a landscape taking the primordial organizing idea to organize the architecture – the result is buildings interconnected with sweeping, continuous greenroofs.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Balmori Associates said, “We proposed a new approach to city-making, one that starts with landscape architecture. The master plan consists of a continuous linear park on a continuous roof joining all the ministries.” Dictated by the contours of the land that were once hilly but now flattened to make way for as many as 500,000 future residents, a grid of streets and transit runs through the center of the city within a network of green spaces. The connected buildings were designed to look like an Oriental dragon in flight from above and the superstructure on top contains a variety of planted sloping walkways, wide-open expanses, ramps, and corridors – with the government offices below. Three interconnected urban strategies were proposed: FLAT CITY, LINK CITY, and ZERO WASTE CITY. The beautiful greenroof equals 28 acres and the pitches vary considerably, allowing it to slope down to the ground in pedestrian-friendly inclines.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

A Celebration of Diana Balmori’s Life

Diana Balmori is survived by her husband, César Pelli; sons, Rafael Pelli and Denis Pelli; and granddaughters, Delia and Iris.  A Celebration of Diana Balmori’s Life will be presented on January 30, 2017 at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York by Balmori Associates who says that all are welcome to attend; please see more information at their website.

In Memoriam Dr. Diana Balmori Balmori Associates

Dr. Diana Balmori. Photo via Balmori Associates, by Kristin Gladney.

Dr. Diana Balmori was an exceptional bright shining star in our universe of ecological architecture and design, with decades of contributions in the form of thought leadership, outstanding projects, and education and will be greatly missed and remembered by design followers from across the globe.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for December 19, 2016: Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus)

December 19, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/19/16

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Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus)
Mestre-Venice, Italy
76,910 sf. (estimated) Greenroof, Landscaped Terraces & Below Grade Parking Garage (On Structure Greenroof)

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

The Veneto Eye Bank Foundation is a non-profit, social welfare organization and regional center for cornea transplantation and research into epithelial stem cells. One of the leading eye banks in Europe, the 50,000 sf medical facility houses several functions: a surgical facility, stem cell research laboratories, eye treatment center, administrative offices as well as the EIDON Foundation educational facility, which includes a 450-seat auditorium. Designed by green architect Emilio Ambasz in 2008, it is situated on a flat, triangular-shaped 2.8 hectare site. Located near a local railroad, major roadway, traffic roundabout, and the entrance to a new regional hospital, the Venice-Mestre Hospital, also designed by Ambasz, the Foundation is highly visible.

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

The triangular-shaped building is defined by two 12 meter high trapezoidal walls, clad in pre-stained copper set at right angles to each other. The two extreme points of the orthogonal walls seem about to touch each other, reminiscent of The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. In the triangular space created by these walls, a volume is defined by a series of landscaped terraces at each floor level, making up one side. On the opposite side, the building rises as a series of steps that lead to a flat planted roof garden. These steps make the entire living roof an outdoor amphitheater. A parabolic opening forms the main entrance through this stepped facade. Administrative, research, and surgical functions are located on the three floors above ground while a ground level circular courtyard provides light to the educational spaces located below ground. All of the spaces receive direct natural sunlight from the large walls of glass placed at a distance from the edge of the vegetated terraces. The combination of the plantings and deep overhangs minimize the impact of heat loads by blocking sunlight during the middle of the day. A below grade parking garage eliminates all visible cars on the site to ensure a continuous green surface around and onto the building’s roof. The Veneto Eye Bank Foundation embraces architect Emilio Ambasz’s philosophy of “The Green Over the Gray,” or the landscape over the building.

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Year: 2008
Owner: Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus
Location: Mestre-Venice, Italy
Building Type: Non-Profit/Research
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 76,910 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Emilio Ambasz, Hon. FAIA
Architect of Record: Studio Altieri-Alberto Altieri
Emilio Ambasz & Associates Collaborators: Lucas Fornari, Luca Cerutti, Giulio Altieri, Valentina Altieri, Alessandro Melotto, Francesco Viero, Chiara Urso, Giulia Andreotti, Peter Norris, and Bradley Whitermore
Photographer: Enrico Cano
A.T.I. for Project & Construction: C.O.MES. scrl Costruzione nuovo Ospedale di Mestre
Società Consortile a Responabilità Limitata: Astaldi (Mandatary), Ing. E. Mantovani (Building Company), Mattioli
Mechanical Plants: Cofathec Progetti (Project), STEAM (Consultants)
Electrical Plants: Gemmo Impianti (Project), TIFS (Consultants)
Consultant: Prof. Vitaliani, TIFS
Frameworks: Permasteelisa
Lighting: Disano
Flooring: Marazzi
Lifts: Schindler
Climate Control: Cofatech

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

View the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Project of the Week Veneto Eye Bank Foundation Emilio Ambasz

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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