Greenroofs.com Project of the Week June 19, 2017: Potsdamer Platz

June 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/19/17
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Potsdamer Platz*
Berlin, Germany
323,000 sq. ft. Greenroofs & additional Green Infrastructure

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Located at the geographical center of Berlin, the award winning Potsdamer Platz is a historic square reborn since fall of the Berlin Wall. As the meeting point of the city’s five most bustling streets, the revitalized 1.3 hectare entertainment hub is a unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping, corporate centers, and one of Europe’s premiere urban quarters known for exceptional and ground-breaking architecture. Potsdamer Platz was razed during World War II and redeveloped after the reunification of East and West Berlin in 1990. The site of the old Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz entailed rebuilding the heart of post-Cold War Berlin into the new capital’s city center. It was designed by an international team of architects headed by Renzo Piano.

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Potsdamer Platz Master Plan by Renzo Piano. Photo: Fondazione Renzo Piano.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Redeveloped by Daimler, the water sensitive urban design, building-integrated water recycling systems and industrial regeneration have come to represent an iconic symbol of designing “Green and Blue” urban waterscapes using rainwater where it falls. Designed by Studio Dreiseitl, this includes Potsdamer Platz’s 30,000 m2 or about 323,000 square feet of greenroofs. The stormwater management, harvesting and recycling system is fed by the city’s 21 inches of annual rainwater. The greenroofs retain and then release water to the large on-site buffer pond which has five underground storage tanks. Cisterns provide water for the 3-acre artificial Piano Lake, and approximately 4 million gallons of water are circulated though filtration beds once every three days.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

© Atelier Dreiseitl.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

The excess overflow water is used as grey water for toilet flushing, irrigation, and fire systems. The cleansed water flows into a beautiful large piazza for visitors to enjoy. In all, the Potsdamer Platz manages an estimated 23,000 m³ per year of potable water and its cooling capacity reduces summer temperatures by approximately 2°C. Always bustling with people, restaurants and activity, the popular Potsdamer Platz is a favorite destination of both locals and tourists alike with up to 100,000 visiting per day.

Publisher’s Notes:

The Potsdamer Platz is a featured project at the ongoing 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit, highlighted in the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World” video by Linda Velazquez.

We also express sympathy for the passing on June 16, 2017 of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl who reunited Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 (read more from the New York Times).

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Year: 1998
Owner: Brookfield Property Partners
Location: Berlin, Germany
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive & Intensive plus additional green infrastructure of stormwater management, harvesting, and recycling systems
System: Custom
Size: 323000 sq.ft. of greenroofs
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

© Potsdamer Platz Overview Quarter.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Master Planner Architect: Renzo Piano
Architects: Christoph Kohlbecker, Arata Isozaki, Ulrike Lauber and Wolfram Wöhr, Richard Rogers, Rafael Moneo
Landscape Architecture, Water Design: Atelier Dreiseitl
Project Landscape Architect: Daniel Roehr
Greenroof Landscape Design: Krueger und Moehrle

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

More Info

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

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 19 2017 Potsdamer Platz

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Potsdamer Platz Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/19/17 video photos courtesy of © Potsdamer Platz Overview Quarter and Building and “Eichhornstrasse 3” © Vincent Mosch; © Atelier Dreiseitl/Ramboll; Potsdamer Platz Facebook; Aerial view of Potsdamer Platz in 2016. by Avda / www.avda-foto.de, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Immobilien Handelshaus/Sotheby’s International Realty; Melissa Keely; City of Berlin by Philipp Eder; Ausblick von der Aussichtsplattform auf dem Kollhoff-Tower by Nordenfan, CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikipedia Commons; Potsdamer Platz in Berlin by Mihael Grmek, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; around 1900, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; Line on the ground marking where the Wall used to stand, on the edge of Potzdamer Platz (2015) by Aridd, CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons; PotsdamerPlatz_Vogelperspektive by Michael J. Zirbes, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; and Potsdamer_Platz_with_Site_of_Potsdamer_Bahnhof_2005 by Tonythepixel, PublicDomain via Wikimedia Commons.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

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It’s Not Too Late to Register for the Berlin WGIC 2017 on June 20-22!

May 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm

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The Berlin 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – starts in three weeks! Have you registered yet?

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Held from June 20th – 22nd in historic Berlin, Germany, the WGIC 2017 organizers Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (FBB) with the support of WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network) and the EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Associations), welcome you to join in and be a part.

The largest congress with the topic of green infrastructure and greening buildings ever hosted in Europe, the 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – Designing with Nature promises to be a truly unique conference experience for many reasons.
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Some Impressive Details:

– 104 speakers from 21 countries
– 47 exhibitors in the accompanying trade exhibition
– over 50 poster presentations
– 31 cooperation and media partners (Greenroofs.com is one!)
– over 500 participants from more than 30 countries
– 5 exclusive Berlin tours

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It’s Not Too Late to Register for the 2017 WGIC

The setting of Berlin is a perfect showcase for sustainable design and living architecture, and the WGIC 2017 focuses on roof, facade, and interior greening.  Simultaneous interpretation in English and German will be available.

Don’t miss out on the speakers, networking, tours, and the fantastic green city of Berlin in the company of green infrastructure experts and your peers – register today.
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Aramis and I will be there as I’ll be inaugurating and highlighting some really spectacular projects in our yearly “2017 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”
Visit the WGIC 2017 website to see all of the speakers, sign up for a tour, and check out all of the learning and networking opportunities that exciting Berlin has to offer.

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See you soon in Berlin!

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 to Include Green Urban Infrastructure

May 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 is set to include green urban infrastructure as measures to combat climate change.

Malta Valletta Declaration Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy 2030 Green Infrastructure

Valletta, the tiny capital of the beautiful Mediterranean island nation of Malta, will host the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference, held on May 29, 2017 at the University of Malta – Valletta Campus.

The culmination of the upcoming Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference will focus on the Valletta Declaration.

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The walled city of Valletta, Malta.

Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Organized by Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe, climate challenges occurring here in the cradle of civilization will be highlighted. The goal is to create a world’s first zero carbon economy solution in the Mediterranean by 2030 and issue an important Valletta Declaration from the conference that binds generations to come.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Paragon Europe is a Maltese organization focused on research, training and project management.

“By organising a conference around 3 important pillars, the challenges and solutions in green urban centres, circular economy and green finance, Climate-KIC will also showcase the key deliverables achieved so far on Smart Sustainable Districts and its plans to extend the flagship programme to the Mediterranean.

The Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) is a Climate-KIC programme that works closely with highly ambitious districts, such as Malta, across Europe to identify innovative solutions to their sustainability and climate change challenges.

Throughout the conference the focus will be on low carbon mobility concepts, the operation of smart grids, energy neutral buildings, the promotion of efficient water management and improvement of public and green spaces.” Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe are looking at how to achieve a zero-carbon economy beyond 2030 to mitigate the severely damaging effects of climate change through the full-day Climate Change Conference that is part of the official Maltese-EU Presidency program. And greenroofs and other forms of green urban infrastructure will be presented here at the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference. A series of keynotes and presentations will be held in the morning and followed by afternoon workshops where solutions to challenges will be provided.

“A long-term adaptation and mitigation plan to cope with the effects must start now. This includes identifying areas prone to sea flooding and building appropriate flood defences, drawing up a comprehensive water framework plan to ensure the survival of the mean sea level aquifer and developing comprehensive mitigation and adaptability plans to protect our cultural heritage.” ~ Edwin Ward, Paragon Europe

To learn about the Agenda, Speakers, accommodations, and further regarding Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres in Malta, visit their website.

The Growing Green Economy

Several factors are helping to drive change towards a low carbon economy in Malta and the region including government legislation, innovations in low carbon technology, and the growing green economy.

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Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation.

In fact, an informal high-level Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean was held on May 18 and 19 at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta. The two day meeting gathered Energy Ministers and their delegations from the 43 States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), i.e. EU28, North Africa, and Mediterranean Middle East.

The Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean meeting was co-organized by the European Commission, the UfM, the Maltese EU Presidency, and the Kingdom of Jordan.  Greenroofs and other forms of green infrastructure were presented by Knauf Insulation, a member of the greenroof industry, showing they are important elements to provide advanced energy efficiency in buildings.

Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation said:

“As roofs are the sites of the greatest heat loss in the winter and the hottest temperatures in the summer, green roofs help both – keep the cold out in the winter and reject heat to enter in the summer. They have many other energy benefits as well, amongst others they can dramatically reduce the roof temperatures (lower Urban Heat Island) which consequently leads to much more efficient air-conditioning and PV energy generation when AC units and/or Photo-Voltaic panels are put on the roof.

There are further benefits to be considered which go even beyond energy efficiency including noise reduction, improved storm water management and improved air quality in cities. We have invested major R&D resources in to our range of Urbanscape® Green Roof Systems in order to be able to measure all that and provide construction engineers, architects and urban planners with state of the art data and proof that Green Roofs matter. And they also look fantastic, too.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Mrs. Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy and a co-president of the European Green Party, expressed appreciation for Knauf Insulation’s presentation and its views on green building envelopes extending well beyond thermal insulation:

“It is great to work with Knauf Insulation. Along with other members of the European Alliance to Save Energy they have been at the forefront of our campaign for energy efficiency in Europe since the creation of the Alliance back in 2010. They are an excellent example of why green business is good for Europe, for European citizens but most importantly for the future of our planet.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Knauf Insulation provided their view on future energy efficient buildings, pointing out specifically green urban infrastructure as a driver of the energy efficiency in buildings and big cities. While greenroofs in particular received positive feedback, they feel a stronger global alliance and presence on the legislation map is needed.

Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU

Malta Valletta Declaration Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy 2030 Green Infrastructure

The presidency of the European Union Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council. The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU runs from January 1 through June 30, 2017.

Continued success to all of the climate change and green professionals in Malta and the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region!

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!

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Register Now and Become a Part of the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 in Berlin, by the FBB

April 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

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Become a part of the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017 this June in Berlin!

Organized by the Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V. (FBB) with the support of WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network) and the EFB (European Federation of Green Roof Associations), you can expect the following as an attendee at the largest Green Infrastructure Congress ever to be held in Europe:

• More than 100 speakers from over 21 countries
• More than 40 exhibitions at the accompanying trade exhibition
• More than 30 collaboration and media partners

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From June 20th-22nd, 2017 the 2017 WGIC – World Green Infrastructure Congress – Designing with Nature participants will be provided with information about topics related to roof, facade, and interior greening.

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A focus lies on the topics of sustainable building, rainwater usage, green space white paper by the German federal government, biological diversity, urban strategies in building greening, care and maintenance, cost-benefit considerations, and future city, among others.  Presenters will be speaking in both German and English with simultaneous interpretation.

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Exclusive Tours in Berlin

On June 22nd, 2017 excursions take place to various reference properties in Berlin, and the subjects are”

• Excursion 1: Green roofs
• Excursion 2: Green walls / living walls
• Excursion 3: Green indoor areas
• Excursion 4: Green buildings (Green roofs, walls and indoor areas)
• Excursion 5: Urban Greenspace (parks, green track beds…)

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Over 400 people have already registered for the congress.  So, don’t miss it and register now to become a part of the WGIC 2017!

If you want to become a sponsor you will find all information here.

We are looking forward to the World Green Infrastructure Congress!  Be a part!

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Publisher’s Note: We are always very happy to collaborate with the WGIN (World Green Infrastructure Network), and are Media Sponsors for the WGIC Berlin this year.  This year, we have cross-pollinated several speakers from both the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and the WGIC 2017.  Specifically, we are both featuring Keynote Patrick Blanc, Laura Gatti, Dusty Gedge, C.Y Jim, Aslan Janoubi, Leila Tolderlund, and me, Linda Velazquez – with different presentations, of course!

So if you’ve enjoyed their videos online, now please come see them live in Berlin this June!  Aramis and I can’t wait to experience the WGIC and all that Berlin has to offer.  See the WGIC Berlin Expo Exhibitor Page.

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