Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring

September 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

If you are interested in hearing about theory versus practice on how biodiversity is the keystone to ecosystem function and services which greenroofs could adopt, then watch “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

Today we are spotlighting the Inspiration Nook video “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by our dear associate Christine Thuring, PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, principal of Chlorophyllocity, co-founder of Green Roof Safari, and also one of our longest standing contributing editors (since 2004).  She also writes Christine’s Ramblings and contributes to Exclusives.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

We have been very fortunate to have Christine add her voice, experience, and opinions in our previous two Virtual Summits: the Panel Session “Biodiversity and Greenroofs” with Christine Thuring (Moderator), Nathalie Baumann, Gary Grant, and Dusty Gedge in 2011; and the individual video “Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time” plus the Inspiration Nook video “Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?” by the late Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring in 2013.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

So what is the “Inspiration Nook”?  This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world – in a condensed time frame.

For those people who are not invited to present at our Virtual Summits, we still want to engage our attendees to share their own work.  In 2013 we started the Inspiration Nook where you can submit your 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) video of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which, just like the invited speakers, are followed by live Discussion Chats.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

Christine’s brief Inspiration Nook talk for 2015 ruminates on incidental results from her ecological surveys of some of the oldest extensive green roofs in Germany.  Earthworms and ant colonies were encountered in sufficient numbers during soil sampling to suggest that their presence in green roof substrates is not entirely uncommon.  With reference to terrestrial soil ecosystems, Christine reflects on this unexpected aspect of green roof soil ecology and contemplates how the presence of such ecosystem engineers could change our treatment of extensive green roofs.

Christine Thuring

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

Sheffield, UK.  “Christine Thuring has been working with green roofs since 2001 in various capacities, including installation, advocacy, research, consulting, design, and education.  Prior to green roofs, she worked as a field botanist and restoration ecologist.  With a BSc in Environmental Resource Science & Biology (Trent University) and MSc Horticulture (The Pennsylvania State University), Christine is finishing her PhD in Landscape Ecology (University of Sheffield).

She co-founded Green Roof Safari, and offers consulting and technical translation through Chlorophyllocity.

Christine is a contributing editor on Greenroofs.com; she is the Research Editor (and former Student Editor).  She also writes Christine’s Ramblings and contributes to Exclusives.

Read about “Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” by Christine Thuring video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Soil Processes Green Roofs Christine Thuring

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:

“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.

Project of the Week for August 29, 2016: Delft University of Technology Library

August 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/29/16

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Delft University of Technology Library
Delft, The Netherlands
16,146 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Also known as TU Delft, Delft University is the largest and oldest public Dutch technical university. Constructed in the 1960s, the large, brutalist concrete Aula or General Assembly Hall from Van den Broek & Bakema overshadowed the site for the new library and the university needed a campus atmosphere which included lawns with flowers and trees where students and professors could meet informally on broad stairs. The original 1997 intensive greenroof over the library was replaced in 2009. The 15,000 m² library contains extensive underground book archives, reading rooms, the university publisher, offices, Trésor for historical books and exhibitions, study spaces, and a book binder and book shop.

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Mecanoo designed the Delft University of Technology Library as a sloped plane, extending the grass from the ground to the very edge of the roof. The structure appears to rise out of the earth, covered with soft grass for all sorts of recreation and pierced by its iconic steel cone. The roof is supported by slender, splayed steel columns in a huge hall enclosed with canted, fully glazed walls. Extending forty meters above grade and floodlit at night, the cone acts as a beacon on the campus day and night. The cone houses four levels of traditional study spaces connected by a helical stair. A suspended gallery of books against cobalt blue walls runs right through all four levels. Within the cone, a central void provides daylight from a glazed roof to the internal reading spaces. The new greenroof system by ZinCo Benelux has a fully adhered two layered roofing system on a cellular glass insulation and ZinCo Elastodrain. The lightweight 6 inch deep substrate and lawn roof is freely accessible for walking and lounging, creating a new amenity for the whole campus. Enjoyed throughout the year, the greenroof is converted into a sledding hill in the winter for further recreation.

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Year: 2009
Owner: ING Vastgoed
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Building Type: Educational
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 16146 sq.ft.
Slope: 15%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

General Contractors: Van Oorschot Versloot Bouw & Boele van Eesteren V.O.F.
Structural Engineer: ABT bv
Building Physics Consultant: Adviesbureau Peutz Associes b.v.
Electrical Engineer: Deerns raadgevende ingenieurs b.v.
Mechanical Engineer: Ketel raadgevende ingenieurs b.v.
Architect: Mecanoo
Greenroof System: ZinCo Benelux
Contractors: Leven op Daken, Mastum Daksystemen, Van der Tol

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

Project of the Week Delft University of Technology Library

View the 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 Delft University of Technology Library

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Delft University of Technology Library Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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

Come to the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2 & 3!

August 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Hosted by the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) in partnership with Portland State University, you are invited to join industry leaders for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 on October 2 and 3!

With a design and developer focus, the Ecoroof Symposium will be held at Portland State University.  It’s made possible with generous support of East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, plus the Audubon Society of Portland and Firestone Building Products (sponsorships are still available).

Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016

“As the vegetated roofing industry continues to grow and mature, the Ecoroof Symposium will showcase the most up-to-date research on the economic and environmental impacts that green roofs provide to buildings and cities. We are honored to host London’s own Dusty Gedge as our keynote speaker, as well as a research medley on topics such as enhanced real estate value, energy impacts, and biodiversity. Panels of experts and breakout sessions offer a wealth of experience on best practices to avoid concerns, and to extend the service life of the roof membrane and vegetation. Green roof tours can provide insight into a variety of systems and approaches.” ~ Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016

It will be great to see our friend Dusty Gedge again, the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), author, and co-founder of Livingroofs.org, among other things.  We are sure to enjoy his Keynote, not to mention his world view of the state of the greenroof union!

And you have to admit the pricing for the Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016 is super affordable:

Pricing will Increase at 1 am on the day of the event.

General Public: $25 ($3 service charge) = $28.00

Any Student: $10 ($3 service charge) = $13.00

Day of Event: $35 ($3 service charge) = $38.00

Vendors: $50 ($3 service charge) = $53.00 – includes a table space

Register Here!

I’m thrilled to have been invited back to speak this year, and I’ll be presenting my new “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”

An added enticement are the tours offered on Sunday October 1: you can choose between the Local Portland Greenroof Walk / Bike Tour or the Oregon Wine Country Greenroof Bus Tour – you can bet that Aramis and I will be on the Wine Country Tour!

We had the opportunity of visiting this lovely city back in 2010 when the City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) was hosting the Portland Ecoroof Symposium.  They had a great turnout and we met some awesome people – along with tasting some equally awesome pinot noir, so the wine tour is definitely up our alley (see my posts about it at Ecoroof Portland, Day 1 and Day 2).

Please contact Elizabeth Hart, Executive Director of GRiT, if you have questions, or if you are interested in speaking or submitting a research topic as they still have a few speaking and panel spots open.  Elizabeth can be reached through the GRiT webpage or at elizabethkhart@comcast.net.

In case you are unaware, GRiT is a network of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, students and community members, joining together to grow the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific Northwest.

Visit the GRiT webpage for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer

August 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

If you’ve ever wondered how to “democratize greenroofs” by making them more cost effective, biodiverse, and lightweight will benefit everyone, then watch “Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Defining Comprehensive Green Roof Molly Meyer

Molly Meyer, GRP, is the founder of Omni Ecosystems, developed after years of hands-on design, installation, and maintenance of all types of German and U.S. greenroof systems.  Don’t let her soft demeanor fool you: she’s a fierce go-getter who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate!

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Defining Comprehensive Green Roof Molly Meyer

Molly has developed a new design type of greenroof: the comprehensive greenroof system which she says brings the most advantageous qualities of intensive and extensive greenroofs together.  Her partner, ecological designer Mike Repkin, developed a growing media with an eye for best practices in greenroof technology.

See the video to learn all about this different greenroof definition, and how the results of their research and labor of this umbrella type design has resulted into thriving ecosystems.

Molly Meyer, GRP

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Defining Comprehensive Green Roof Molly Meyer

 Chicago, IL, USA.  Molly Meyer is the CEO and Founder of Omni Ecosystems, which infuses the urban experience with nature. Omni leads the living infrastructure industry by providing the highest quality green roofs and green walls to create elegantly simple solutions to complex ecological questions.

Molly invented Omni’s patented living wall panel and patent-pending green roof drainage system. She analyzed, designed, and installed all varieties of green roofs as a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, and brought her expertise in Germany’s mature green roofing industry to the U.S. when she founded her firm in 2009. Molly earned her B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and worked as a carpenter for Edifice Construction. Molly is also the Co-Founder and Co-Manager of The Roof Crop, LLC, based in Chicago, IL.

Read about “Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Defining Comprehensive Green Roof Molly Meyer

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:

“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.