The Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait (17 – 18 February) by Wolfgang Ansel

January 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is pleased to announce the 5th edition of their prestigious congress series which will be held for the first time in the Persian Gulf region in 2018. Scheduled for the 17th -18th of February in Kuwait City, this event will focus on the special challenges and benefits of Green Roofs in dry climates.

More than one-third of the world population already lives in dry climates, without considering the global metropolitan areas which often are grappling with the same problems and referred to as “city deserts.” The performance of Green Roofs in these special environments is strongly connected with the availability and scarcity of water and the limited types of plants which are able to tolerate these harsh weather conditions.

Therefore, the water and planting issue is a common thread of the congress presentations and discussions (learn more at www.greenroofworld.com). The congress is kindly supported by the Al Diwan al Amiri of Kuwait.

Congress Venue

The congress venue, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City, consists of 310,000 m² of greenery, featuring a modern congress center, beautiful botanical gardens, museums, a miniature of old Kuwait, walkways, jogging tracks, lakes, river landscapes and an amazing musical fountain.

With almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs, the largest urban park in Kuwait represents at the same time a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climate by using appropriate Green Roof systems.

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The Green Roofs of the congress center in Al Shaheed Park. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

Congress Speakers

The congress lectures will provide an inspiring mixture of progressive thinkers, new technical developments, and innovative Green Roof applications in architecture, landscape architecture, and climate protection. Practical Green Roof technology will be presented, discussed, and taught along with the latest achievements for Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, and municipal Green Roof strategies.

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

The bios of the speakers from the Middle East, the US, and Europe are available at the congress website: www.greenroofworld.com.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Green Wall project in Dubai. Copyright: Green Studios.

Featured Green Roof Architecture

A series of groundbreaking and high-profile projects involving Green Roofs and Living Walls will be presented at the congress.

Al Shaheed Park is the most significant Green Infrastructure project in Kuwait and, at the same time, one of the largest Green Roof projects in the world. During the first construction phase (2013–2015) almost all buildings were fitted with roof greening.

In 2017 the second expansion “Phase II” was opened for the public, thus doubling the total Green Roof area of the park. In total, Al Shaheed Park encompasses 35,000 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

The design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross in London is taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof and market halls, auditoria, and shops on the ground.

Seoullo 7017, a true plant village, has been created on a former inner city highway in central Seoul. The ever-changing urban area has been transformed into a 983-metre long public park. Fifty families of plants including trees, shrubs and flowers are displayed in 645 tree pots, and a total of approximately 228 species and sub-species have found their home in the park.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Turning grey into green infrastructure – Seoullo 7017 in South Korea. Copyright: Ossip van Duivenbode.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.

The “metamorphoses of a topos” has been designed with a sustainable approach, respecting the surrounding ecosystems and the landscape dynamics. The SNFCC includes 25,568 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens – a new icon of Green Roof architecture. Copyright: Yiorgis Yerolymbos / SNF.

Join IGRA in Kuwait this February

The congress is for everyone whose profession brings them into contact with Green Roofs and those who wish to learn about the latest technology in this field. This includes architects, installers, landscape architects, planners, representatives of local authorities and environmental agencies, investors, and manufacturers.

Join us for a top-level program focusing on innovative new technologies, stunning architecture, pioneering urban development projects and many opportunities to network with international leaders in the field of Green Roofs.

The first IGRA event in the Persian Gulf region will provide a perfect platform for the launch of a successful Green Roof campaign in this geographical area.

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th International Green Roof Congress in the Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait’s new urban oasis!

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

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

Urban Oasis Experience 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.

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 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

January 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Happy New Year 2018!

As we enter 2018 we look forward to renewed strategies for promoting green living architecture, which is the embodiment of Greenroofs.com.  Our focus has always been People, Projects, and Design, and we’re excited to feature many of your new awesome accomplishments in 2018.

Watch the “Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review” for auld lang syne.

Project of the Week: January 1, 2018

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review
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Greenroofs, Greenwalls, & Green Infrastructure Elements

 

2017 Projects of the Week

In 2017 we highlighted some inspiring and wonderful greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Many different types were showcased, some with both features included.  Additional green infrastructure elements in the projects incorporated were:

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

38 Dolores in San Francisco and LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) in Madrid.

Bioretention ponds, underground cisterns and more water harvesting techniques, water recycling systems, daylighting, solar and other alternative, renewable energy technologies, edible and stormwater gardens, and more.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and Van Dusen Botanical Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

It’s heartening to see developers, governments, and building owners listening to environmentally progressive architects and designers.  The collaborative efforts are not only proposing projects that are more holistically designed, but getting them built as well.  Kudos to all!

Join us for a quick look at just some of these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Independence Blue Cross Living Wall in Philadelphia and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Projects of the Week Gallery

To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page.

Click on each photo to go more in-depth in the post, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  Then you can see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about each particular project.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square in Athens and Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof in Cincinnati.

The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database

Also visit our Projects page to search for examples of living architecture in your neck of the woods or anywhere on Earth.  Find projects from all continents except Antarctica.  Send us your own profiles to share with the world!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter.

Would you like to see your own project featured?  We must have a Project Profile first!  Submit Your Project Profile.

2017 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

I’d like to thank Aramis for putting the 2017 video together ~ plus taking over the recording and editing of all of our Projects of the Week videos since our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez, left for law school in August.

And, especially, thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

Watch the Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2017 Video in Review below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

For individual video photo credits, please see each video commentary or the Project Profile.

Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2018, and remember to:

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

Greenroofs.com Announces New Website in 2018 with Funding from LEAf

December 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Greenroofs.com Press Release, December 22, 2017

Greenroofs.com Announces New Website in 2018 with Funding from LEAf

Alpharetta, GA, USA. Greenroofs.com, the greenroof and greenwall industry’s resource and online information portal since 1999 and producer of the biennial Virtual Summits (2017, 2015, 2013, and 2011), is excited to announce the release of our new website redesign in 2018.

Beautiful, bold graphics herald the new look and feel of the website.  The new layout and design pop, with easy navigation.  Readers will enjoy a fresh, clean reading experience.  Advertisers will appreciate enhanced functionality to increase worldwide visibility and further the green infrastructure industry.

Funding from LEAf

The new Greenroofs.com website is made possible with the generous support from the Legacy Emilio Ambasz Foundation (LEAf).

Founded by pioneering green architect Emilio Ambasz, the foundation’s main purpose is to support architects who merit being called artists as well as those building ideas which may greatly improve domestic and urban life.  We at Greenroofs.com are extremely grateful for the financial assistance of a recent LEAf grant and proud of the professional endorsement from our colleague to continue our efforts in promote living architecture.

Emilio Ambasz

Greenroofs.com Announces New Website in 2018 with Funding from LEAf

Emilio Ambasz, Commendatore 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, “Madre Terra” First Award, 2015, is a multiple award-winning architect, industrial designer, and principal of Emilio Ambasz & Associates. Ambasz is an early proponent of green architecture with projects around the world, and Ambasz’s trademark style is a combination of buildings and gardens, which he describes as ‘green over the gray’. Mr. Ambasz’ large number of prestigious projects include the Mycal Sanda Cultural Center in Shin-Sanda, Japan; the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City; the Conservatory at the San Antonio Botanical Center, Texas; the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan; Casa de Retiro Espiritual in Cordoba, Spain; Environment Park (EnviPark) in Turin, Italy; and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) in Venice, Italy.

The author of several books, his brand new book, Emerging Nature: Emilio Ambasz Precursor of Architecture and Design by Lars Müller Publishers, is available now on the publishers’ website.  Learn more about Emilio Ambasz at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture ~ People, Projects & Design, where he is an honored keynote.  His video presentation is entitled “The Green Over the Gray.”

Look for the New Website Launch in 2018

“I have been a huge fan of Emilio since during my days at the University of Georgia in the late 1990’s where I studied about his international projects and leadership in the field of green architecture. Emilio’s dramatic ecological and provocative designs paired with his pragmatic thinking on how we can create a design paradigm shift from from gray to green have inspired generations of architects, landscape architectures, and designers of many interrelated disciplines.

We were so excited at the news of the LEAf grant and plans were put in place immediately to initiate the huge, time consuming task of a website redesign of this magnitude.”~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Founder & Publisher of Greenroofs.com

The highly anticipated launch of the new website is expected mid New Year.  To learn more, stay up-to-date at Greenroofs.com.

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About Greenroofs.com:
Established in 1999, Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and the most comprehensive online resource for greenroofs, greenwalls, and related fields promoting best practices in sustainability. Greenroofs.com’s Mission is as a catalyst for the growing green architecture industry and Earth’s connection to emerging trends of living architecture and nature-based infrastructure practices. We live in a blue-green world and represent an environmentally aware industry who protects our environment utilizing vegetated building envelope practices providing smart building solutions to our critical world issues of climate change, urban heat islands, renewable energies, stormwater management, CSO’s, water conservation, water & air pollution, flooding, wildlife habitat, urban greenspace, food security – and much more.

Updated daily, Greenroofs.com is the largest platform for greenroof and greenwall news online and is where diverse professionals find global projects in the international Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and products and services in the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory for their own projects.  

Press Contact:
Aramis M. Velázquez | CEO
Greenroofs.com, LLC.
Alpharetta, Georgia 30005
770-772-7334
888-477-1326
aramis@greenroofs.com

Don’t Miss the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Ending on December 31!

December 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Greenroofs.com’s 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is ending on December 31, 2017 ~ why not spend some of your down time during the holidays catching up with some of our industry’s most valued and interesting greenroof and greenwall colleagues?

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The 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Comes to a Close Soon

If you haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, now’s the time!

Presented by Greenroofs.com, our Virtual Summits only take place every other year.  Held completely online, these marquee innovation events run on demand with live social media events – and for 2017, our Virtual Summit comes to a close on December 31, 2017.

Special Discounted Pricing Through the End of the Year

Register through December 31, 2017 at the 50% off discounted rate of only $25:

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The Virtual Summit Mission

The Mission of the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet.

In addition to increasing awareness of our living architecture market and industry, the Virtual Summit 2017 is an interactive platform for idea interchange through a combination of environmentally forward videos from keynote speakers, individual & collaborative offerings, and expert panel sessions along with social media happenings.

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Ending on December 31

Highlighting Excellence and Lessons Learned in Green Living Architecture

Come watch a host of fellow influencers from around the world: 40 presenters from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Iran, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, and the U.S.

Experience some of the latest projects and developments in vegetated building envelopes worldwide, and learn about avant-garde architects, landscape architects, designers, educators, and leaders of government who have captured the essence of living with nature.

Our 2017 Renowned Keynotes:

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  • Trailblazing green architect, graphic and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz, designer of the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation in Venice, among numerous others;
  • Noted botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc, PhD, inventor of the Vertical Garden, or Le Mur Végétal, whose over 250 biodiverse designs include the One Central Park in Sydney and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris;
  • Educational, affordable local food systems, and workforce development innovator Stephen Ritz, responsible for the new National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx and founder of the Green Bronx Machine;
  • Industry leader Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, with two decades of experience working within the building products and construction communities, with an emphasis on sustainable building impacts and high performance building envelope assemblies.

Round #1 Speakers

Watch and learn from our 4 awesome Keynotes and 27 esteemed Speakers from Round #1 who explore current trends in living architecture, classroom food literacy, certified student workforce training, sustainable stormwater design, rooftop urban ag and more, from the micro-scale of dwellings to the macro-scale of cities.

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Round #2 Speakers

…PLUS our 10 brand new Short Videos (under 10 minutes) from 9 new colleagues, firms, and organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the U.S.:

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See the entire Agenda to learn more about each video check out all of our 40 wonderful Speakers and their widely varied 36 talks – short, medium, and long!

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Industry Support

Additionally, we must thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and living architecture/green infrastructure Organization Partners who have supported our work in 2017:

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See What the Rest of Us Are Doing and Support Our Work

Come and hear perspectives from a truly diverse and wide range of professionals – at your leisure, but only for the next two and a half weeks! If you haven’t joined us yet, take advantage of the 50% off special registration rate now through the end of year.

Support our work, learn about new projects, happenings, and people – and connect with your fellow green infrastructure colleagues from across the planet.

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!2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Ending on December 31