Watch Architects, Designers & Landscape Architects at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

We hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Architects, Designers & Landscape Architects at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos:

Keynote Emilio Ambasz, Emilio Ambasz & Associates Founder & Principal, Architect, and Author:

The Green Over the Gray

Keynote Patrick Blanc, PhD, Vertical Garden (Mur Végétal) Inventor and Designer, Botanist, Researcher, and Author:

Field Trip with Patrick Blanc in West Sumatra

Patrick Carey, GRP, Hadj Design Principal, and Admiral at the Lake Green Roof Maintenance & Groundskeeper:

Green Tea 4 Two with Patrick Carey & Jörg Breuning” – a talk along with green infrastructure specialist Jörg Breuning

Lance Davis, AIA, LEED Fellow, U.S. General Services Administration Sustainability Architect:

Expanded Use for the Green Roof (a US Government Perspective)

 Chris DeVolder, AIA, LEED AP, HOK Sustainable Design Leader, Sport + Recreation + Entertainment | Vice President, Architect:

Building Healthy Communities through Green Roofs and Walls

Laura Gatti, Studio Laura Gatti Landscape Consultants Principal, Agronomist and Landscape Designer:

Greening the Vertical City – the Bosco Verticale and a Look into the Future of Urban Living

Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP, Roofmeadow Director of Design and Landscape architect:

The Second City – Elevated, Grounded, Inspired” along with green infrastructure specialist Charlie Miller, PE

Aslan Jonoubi, Khato & Safhe Founder, Architect and Chief Director; and IGIN President:

Elevated Greenery in Mega Projects

Meg Needle, AIA, GRP, LEED AP B+C, CDT, Lord, Aeck & Sargent architect:

WHY Green Roofs – An Architect’s Perspective

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP, Greenroofs.com Founder/Publisher & Sky Gardens Design Consultant:

Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World

Diana Wiesner, Diana Wiesner Arquitectura y Paisaje EU – (Ecología Urbana) – Architecture & Landscape Architecture Urban Ecology, Principal:

From Planning to Action, Design and Social Commitment

John L. Wong, FASLA, FAAR, SWA Managing Principal, Chairman, and Landscape Architect:

The Design of Green Roofs in the Urban Public Realm

See the entire Agenda.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

This is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

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Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

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 with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

Watch Architects Designers & Landscape Architects 2017 Virtual Summit

Project of the Week for February 6, 2017: B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam

February 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 2/06/17

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B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
23,681 sq. ft. Greenroof Park

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

B. Amsterdam is the biggest startup ecosystem in Europe, a creative co-working and event space for innovation, education, and growth located in the former IBM Headquarters. In 2014 De Dakdokters (The Rooftop Doctors) and GrownDownTown designed and installed an elevated park and edible rooftop garden on the 5th floor as a place accessible to all office workers for relaxation, breaks, and meetings. In 2016 the roof park expanded with a hip industrial restaurant and bar, Bureau, with its own outdoor patio on the roof. As a result, the 5th floor B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam intensive greenroof park is accessible to everyone.

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

As an underlayment the designers used a Polder Roof® system to retain water. The greenroof was planted entirely with self-sustaining crops within 90 cubic meters of growing media. At the edge of the pond a small mint meadow grows with eight different flavors of mint, a Mediterranean herb garden as well as a variety of vegetables such as lettuce, bok choy, and leeks. The roof also bears pear trees, grapevines, and ten kinds of berry bushes. Most restaurant products come straight from the rooftop park and are homemade, from mayonnaise to cheesecake. Bureau’s chef Niels Veenvliet changes the menu every two months so patrons can enjoy the ever-changing fresh menu from the roof garden year-round. B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam is a beautiful rooftop park overlooking the city, and Bureau has been added to the list of Amsterdam’s rooftop hotspots. The result is an edible rooftop park equipped with freshly grown produce, a restaurant, large water feature, two pétanque courts, chicken coops, a compost full of worms, rainwater storage system, plenty of seating, and even two decorative Trabant cars nestled on the roof to be enjoyed by resident employees, Amsterdam residents, and city visitors.

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Year: 2014
Owner: B. Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Building Type: Corporate/Commercial
Type: Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 23681 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design: De Dakdokters & GrownDownTown
Greenroof Underlayment: Polder Roof® System
Greenroof Installation: De Dakdokters & GrownDownTown
Greenroof Growing System: Rooffood
Grower: Lindenhoff

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week B Bylon B Amsterdam

View the B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam 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 B Bylon B Amsterdam

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the B. Bylon @ B. Amsterdam Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 2/06/17 video photos courtesy of De Dakdokters and B. Amsterdam.

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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

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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” Keynote by Stephan Brenneisen

October 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

We’ve come to the end of releasing all of the awesome 23 videos from the 30+ speakers who participated at our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, and we’re finishing up with the wonderful Keynote “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen, shown above or seen on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

In his video, Stephan addresses habitat issues and: What kind of species can benefit from greenroofs? What kind of ecosystem is a greenroof? What kind of greenroof design is beneficial for urban wild life? Plus, he provides a background on the status of greenroofs in Switzerland/Basel and talks about the size of greenroofs and metapopulation aspects.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biodiversity in the Sky Stephan Brenneisen

If you attended the Virtual Summit 2015 and watched Stephan’s video presentation then, you will have noticed a couple of times where the audio overlapped, which was distracting.  While we couldn’t fix it at the time he sent it to us, we have corrected all of the audio now and his “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” is truly fantastic, packed with tons of information on a variety of Stephan’s research in Switzerland on 16 test sites in the Basel area.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biodiversity in the Sky Stephan Brenneisen

Biodiversity was a leading topic at the Virtual Summit 2015 and, appropriately, Dr. Stephan Brenneisen is a greenroof and biodiversity expert who leads the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil, Switzerland.  As everyone knows who has heard him speak, the soft-spoken yet highly engaging Swiss researcher is renown the world over for his detailed studies of birds – in particular lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) – beetles (hundreds), and others insects on vegetated roofs – and he has made many friends along the way for his passion, belief, and promotion of designing a better living roof to encourage biodiversity.

Aramis and I were very pleased for Stephan’s participation in the 2015 Virtual Summit, and always enjoy his company when we see him in real life.  He’s a great greenroof colleague – and is so genuine.  I’m sure you’ll highly enjoy his video!

Dr. Stephan Brenneisen

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biodiversity in the Sky Stephan Brenneisen

Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Stephan Brenneisen conducts research and advises on green roof policies and designs as the head of the Green Roof Competence Center at Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

A member of the collective UG LAB, he is a true leader and pioneer in the green roof field for over 15 years, Stephan has opened many doors in the green roof world and challenged how we think of green roof biodiversity. Continuously without fail, he has demonstrated his ingenuity and critical thinking about ecosystems, urban greening, substrates and how we interact in our world. A well known international speaker and a true educator he is dedicated to sharing his knowledge through teaching, writing and cutting edge research. He also has created a successful model for policy and green roof implementation in Basel and Zurich and is constantly creating new green solutions for improving our urban habitats.

Stephan did his PhD Geograph studies on how different green roof substrate depths influence biodiversity and continues to actively promote the design of green roofs for biodiversity.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biodiversity in the Sky Stephan Brenneisen

Read about our Keynote “Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Stephan Brenneisen video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Biodiversity in the Sky Stephan Brenneisen

Next week I’ll conclude this series with my short “Greenroofs.com Closing Address.”  As always, we welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

 “Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Urban and Social Needs of Green” by Marc Grañén.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“The Great Green Roof Review” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Using a Climate and Ecological Template Approach for Plant Selection for Extensive Green Roofs” by Ed Snodgrass.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“Versatile Living Walls & Roofs: International Applications for Agriculture, Energy Conservation, Pollution Attenuation, and Aesthetics” by Dr. Bob Cameron.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

Greenroofs.com’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”

Promos:

The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.