Register Now for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 – Contact Us for Your Discount!

January 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

We are so excited about our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013!  It’s going to be awesome!

As you surely know by now, this year our Virtual Summit 2013 is presented in association with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), and we here at Greenroofs.com are happy to have them on board as a partner.

There is simply not a greener conference model out there.

Plus, here’s your chance to not only see over 30 video presentations from leading experts, but network with them, too!  Participate in the many Social Media options like participating in the live Speaker  Q & A Sessions and live video, audio and text chatting during the entire 30 days of scheduled activities.

People:

  • Creative innovators and trailblazers sharing organic green infrastructure ideas and lessons learned.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable exhibitors on hand live at the Expo.

Keynotes – thinkers, designers, trend setters, leaders, eco-luminaries:

“¢ Dusty Gedge, President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations and Co-Founder of Livingroofs.org
“¢ Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  and Founding Member of the  World Green Infrastructure Network
“¢ Dr. Aditya Ranade, Senior Analyst on the Lux Research Intelligence team
“¢ Javier Senosiain, Architect, Principal of Arquitectura Orgánica
“¢ Mary Ann Uhlmann, GRP, Environmental Horticulturist and Tremco, Inc. Manager, Vegetated Roof Systems Program Development

Visit the Speakers page to see all of our outstanding presenters!

See the Preliminary Agenda to read about the Keynotes, Individual and Collaborative Presentations, Expert Panel Sessions, and “Inspiration Nook” topics.

Expo Wednesdays:

Visit our fantastic  Sponsors and Exhibitors  at the cool  Expo Pavilions and see all the new products and services in our industry from leading manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers as well as learn about different world organizations on  4 dedicated days!

We’ve lowered the price, too, in case you’re considering getting a booth:  only $600.  This year the live Expo will be held on all 4 Wednesdays during the Virtual Summit – on  February  13, February 20, February 27 & March 6, 2013.  Our Expo Trade Show Wednesdays will each be anchored by a Keynote Presentation and a Panel Discussion from leading authorities.

Our mission embraces information sharing across the globe at extremely affordable pricing.  Registration includes access to the entire virtual environment – all the keynote, speaker and panel session videos, Q & A’s, social media networking, Sponsor Spaces, Prize Center, JobLinks Lounge, and the spectacular Expo Trade Show – for the entire 30 days.

How much?   Regular Price $99

Discounts:

WGIN Members & Greenroofs.com Advertisers $39
If you are an advertiser of ours contact us  for the Discount Code.  Contact your organization if you are a member of one of the following from the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN):

Green Roofs for Healthy CitiesGet GRP credits!
AMENA
Association pour le Développement et l’Innovation de la Végétalisation Extensive des Toitures (ADIVET)
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Associates $59
Available to participating non-WGIN organization members including ASLA, AIA, USGBC, IGRA, SGRI, EFB, NRCA, etc.  Contact each organization for your Promo Code.  Contact us to get your organization listed as an Associate.

Students & Government $29
You do not need a Promo Code.  But your email extension needs to be approved, including: .edu, .gov, upm.es.  If you qualify but have a different extension, contact us.

See our Registration Page and Register Here.

By the way, we’d like to thank  Tremco  for once again committing their greenroof industry leadership through our highest level of  Sponsorship  – the  Rare Earth Sponsor!

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities:
See how you, too, can be a Sponsor or Exhibitor and reach our highly targeted greenroof & greenwall market – contact us  at virtual.greenroofs.com.

Join your internationally recognized peers and industry leaders for our dynamic 30-day Virtual Summit 2013 and explore the world of greenroofs & walls – all from the comfort of your office, home, laptop, tablet, or phone – wherever you are and however you like to connect.

Visit  virtual.greenroofs.com  to stay up to date.

We hope to see you online for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013  on  February 12 through March 13, 2013!

~ Linda V.

The Greenroofs.com 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

November 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

2012 has been a whirlwind year for an amazing assortment of spectacular living architecture projects, and Haven Kiers and I have taken notice.  Did you see our  October 16, 2012 Greenroofs.com Announces the “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  Press Release about it?

Here we go:

2012 marks the sixth year of our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”  Compiled by our Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I, we have been proud to share the Top 10 List at the following conferences so far:

The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago, IL on October 17-20, 2012 and the  WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 (WGRC) in Hangzhou, China on October 22-26, 2012.

Next up is the International Green Conference 2012 in Bangalore, India on November 26-28, 2012, and, of course, we will be presenting it at our second  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 on February 12 through March 13, 2013.  And for the Virtual Summit we will add a twist – a sneak peek into projects on our radar for the 2013 Top 10 List.  Haven and I always have a great time showing amazing examples of living architecture and will be available afterward for a live Q & A session – right from the convenience of your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

So, what’s it all about in 2012?

Starting with trends that we’ve seen in previous years that have either refused to go away or have sprung back with new vigor within the last year, we continue to see amazing integration of urban agriculture into new and existing structures, the use of vegetation to create soothing and healing gardens within hospital settings, and the design of schools that incorporate living architecture into their basic curriculum.  As always, we doff our caps to the fantastic skyscrapers that spiral up through the clouds and the client specific boutique greenroofs that defy categorization.

We are also excited to highlight new trends in green infrastructure.  This year, museums embraced their inner green goddesses and began highlighting living art both in and outside of their walls (and roofs).  Another rising trend features elevated walks.  Capturing everything from bridges, railways and promenades, this category features stunning expanses of elevated greenery.  And new this year, we’re incorporating two of the greenest cities in the world as categories in and of themselves, starting with tropical Singapore, a “herban” oasis that has started a green revolution on the island nation.

We culminate our Top 10 List of Hot Design Trends with a look at Chicago, an early trendsetter in city greening and now the definitive leader in living and green infrastructure and our #1 spot for 2012.

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2012:

10) Client Specific “Boutique” Greenroofs
9) Green Museums: Art Living Inside & Out
8) Educational Facilities as Green Living Laboratories
7) Upward Spirals of Green
6) Hospitals Healing through Living Architecture
5) Gardens in the Clouds: Stacking & Stepping with Vegetation
4) Sky Farms on the (High)Rise
3) Singapore: A City within a Sky Garden
2) Green Elevated Walks: Bridges, Railways & Promenades
1) Chicago’s Trend-Setting Style: A “Miracle Mile High” City of Plants & Leadership

If you didn’t make it to one of the fabulous physical conferences listed above, please join us in January and February 2013 for our second annual Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 to experience first hand our fast-paced, lively, and presentation jam packed with awesome and sometimes incredible greenroof & greenwall photos of projects worldwide.

After the 2013 Virtual Summit, we will be happy, once again, to post our video of the 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design on our Top 10 page and on  greenroofsTV, our video channel on YouTube.

See you in Bangalore or at the Virtual Summit in 2013!

Linda V.

Congrats to the Winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence

October 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The winners of the  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  (GRHC) 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence represent some of the finest design teams in North America.  The Awards will be presented at the 10th  Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference  – don’t miss this wonderful recognition event of innovators and leaders in our field!

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities established the Green Roof Awards of Excellence in 2003 to recognize green roof projects which exhibit extraordinary leadership in integrated design and implementation. The awards also increase general awareness of green roof and green wall infrastructure and its associated public and private benefits, while recognizing the valuable contributions of green roof and green wall design professionals.”  ~  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Here are the 2012 winners:

Green Wall Award
Project: Corus Quay, Toronto, ON
Award Recipients: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Architect) & Nedlaw Living Walls (Green Wall Specialist)

Green Roof – Extensive Institutional
Project: Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, WA
Award Recipient: Swift Company, LLC (Landscape Architect)

Green Roof – Extensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax, NS
Award Recipient: Lydon Lynch Architects (Architect)

Green Roof – Extensive Residential
Project: The Royal York Condominium, New York, NY
Award Recipient: Town and Gardens Ltd. (Design, Install, and Maintenance)

Green Roof – Intensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: The Ledge Kitchen & Drinks, Dorchester, MA
Award Recipient: Recover Green Roofs, LLC (Design and Install)

Green Roof – Intensive Institutional
Project: Chicago Botanic Garden – Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, Chicago, IL
Award Recipient: Chicago Botanic Garden (Client)

Green Roof – Intensive Residential Award
Project: One Cole, Toronto, ON
Award Recipient: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Architect)

Click here to read all about each GRHC award winner, with photos and background materials.

Visit www.citiesalive.org to learn more and register to learn about the future of green infrastructure and earn credits through LA CES, GBCI, AIA CES, APLD, RCI, and GRHC.

Congratulations to the winners, and  hopefully  I’ll see you in Chicago!

~ Linda V.

Chic Sustainability Watch: 2012 European Solar Decathlon, London Design Festival, Venice Architecture Biennale, Milan Design Week & Canada Blooms Garden Festival

September 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve contributed to my half of the “Chic Sustainability Watch” team commitment (the other half being our wonderful Design Editor, Haven Kiers).  We had originally agreed to a bi-monthly column, which equated to each of us committing to writing about every two weeks…

Well, since it was my turn next, I’m the one who messed the bi-monthly thing up. But I’m baaak, so with real-life commitments and all, let’s see how it goes from now on!

Here are just some of the interesting and what I would call examples of true green  – not just eco-friendly –  living  (as in vegetation-embracing) architecture  entries that I’ve come across from these recent 2012 design events: The European Solar Decathlon,  London Design Festival,  Venice  Architecture Biennale, Milan Design Week and the Canada Blooms Garden Festival – none of them winners, but certainly noteworthy!

Several entries with greenroofs or greenwalls caught our attention, in particular from the:

European Solar Decathlon- September, 2012

–  Omotenashi House,  Chiba University

Via Inhabitat

What a beautiful home!  Held in Madrid, the sole European Solar Decathlon  2012 contestant entry from Japan by Chiba University architecture students, the  Omotenashi House  (Omotenashi means to “thoughtfully and sincerely conveying a feeling of consideration to those who you encounter”) provides a roomy and comfortable space envisioning a home with a lower carbon footprint.

Not only does it have solar panels, of course, but it also  sports a solar hot water heating system and grey water recycling, among other innovations…and take a  look at the hairy living walls above and living curtain of climbers below that not only provide shade but could provide vegetables as well!

Via Inhabitat

See a short video of the  Omotenashi House  at  the European Solar Decathlon  2012  homepage (in Spanish from the Japanese  Ambassador  to Spain). It also has urban food production with a rice paddy in its side garden.  If this hadn’t been a solar  decathlon, they certainly could have put the rice paddy on the roof!

It wouldn’t be the first time – see Episode #20: “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China”  by  Wang Xianmin,  an example from China from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit  on  greenroofs.tv.

Via Inhabitat of 9.17.12 and Omotenashi House, and Inhabitat of  9.8.12, via The Japan Times.

– Para Eco-House,  Tongji University

The pre-fab Para Eco-House from  Tongji University architectural students in  China draws inspiration from Daoist principles.

Via Inhabitat

Yet passive and active forces combine with Western philosophies of independence and autonomy resulting in using materials such as highly renewable bamboo, solar panels, rainwater harvesting system, and a greenroof which could eventually provide a food source.

Via Inhabitat

Via Inhabitat of 9.7.12, via Muy Interesante  and Para Eco-House.

London Design Festival – September, 2012

Photo  © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

Kicked off on September 14, the London Design Festival offers some unique entries, one being this high eco-style  boat  house.

Photo  © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

The INACHUS is a modern, functional, water-borne 2-story home from Sanitov Floating Homes that uses recycled materials, is powered by the sun and which happens to have a beautiful interior greenwall to cleanse the air.  Plans include the roof to be topped off with a greenroof, which would be quite a fun and responsible topper!

Via Inhabitat,  9.15.12.

Venice  Architecture Biennale – August, 2012

image  © designboom

This year’s Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 showcased a very interesting hanging system for growing plants indoors.  “Between Air” is a unique design by architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano of the firm  SelgasCano,  in collaboration with biologist Josep Selga and agronomist Juan Laureano, presented at the Spanish Pavilion here.

image  © designboom

The suspended hydroponic system of recycled plastic airpots is connected by these neat looking porous cylindrical forms, planted with a variety of succulents, herbs and even tree seedlings!  Indoor growing with a new technology and high style.  Watch a short video from the architects at designboom.

Via designboom of 8.29.12

Milan Design Week – April, 2012

Photo © Fabrikaat

FABRIKAAT was a Dutch exhibition included in the Milan Design Week last April. Students Micaela Nardella and Oana Tudose from the  Master of Interior Architecture and Retail Design program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam  designed “Brick Biotope,” a set of modular brick nests with planted areas that can be  mortared into walls for birds.

Photo © Fabrikaat

What an awesome idea!  Easy, practical and I’m sure our bird friends will love it.

Via Inhabitat of  4.27.12

Canada Blooms Garden Festival – March, 2012

Photo © b sq. Design Studio

Constructed out of shipping pallets,  b sq. Design Studio Inc created the colorful and stunning “Plug and Play – the Pallet Garden” at the Canada Blooms Garden Festival  in Toronto  last March.

Photo © b sq. Design Studio

They used 105 pallets to create the dazzling and environmentally friendly display, which was meant to show we can use common materials at our disposal to create a thing of beauty, not to mention a thing of importance.  The recycled structures include an observation tower, planters, a water feature, and even wooden greenwalls planted with edibles.

Via Treehugger of 3.21.12

What a quirky set of some very cool projects designed and implemented in environments where just about anything goes – pure inspiration for the rest of us.

Hopefully we’ll see more of these  prototypes  built in the real world, not just a design festivals and competitions.  As far as the “Chic Sustainability Watch” goes, now it’s Haven’s turn!

~ Linda V.