Project of the Week for October 31, 2016: ASLA Headquarters

October 31, 2016 at 10:47 am

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

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ASLA Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
3,000 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

In 2006, the American Society of Landscape Architects demonstrated their commitment to sustainable design by incorporating a greenroof atop their Washington, DC Headquarters. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates led the design process, collaborating with Conservation Design Forum to develop the design and specifications for the approximately 3,000 square-foot roof surface. The plan was to create a landmark demonstration project, and a primary focus was to make greenroofs more mainstream and demonstrate that landscape architects play a central role in green roof design and construction.

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

The ASLA roof contains six distinct greenroof conditions, representing extensive, semi intensive, and intensive systems ranging in growing media depths of 3 to 21 inches. North and south “waves” dominate the design, with a central viewing platform with seating areas for the public, and a stairwell structure. The American Hydrotech Garden Roof® Assembly was chosen for the greenroof system, and to effectively confine and stabilize the growing media on the sloped waves, GardNet™ was installed. With plants and consulting provided by Emory Knoll Farms, the plant palette has evolved over the years. The South Wave now consists mostly of sedum and Prickly Pear cactus and the North Wave is covered with 50% sedum, with thread-leaf tickseeds, chives, nodding onions, black-eyed Susans, Virginia wild rye, silver king, and butterfly milkweed. Fragrant sumacs cover the new staircase, and sedums grow profusely under the grates.  Monitored from July 2006 to May 2007, the living roof prevented 27,500 gallons of stormwater – or 77% of all precipitation – from flowing into D.C.’s overburdened sewer system, and it continues to keep the roof temperature as much as 43.5 degrees F cooler than neighboring conventional black roofs in the summer as well as reducing building energy use by 10% over the winter.

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Year: 2006
Owner: American Society of Landscape Architects
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 3000 sq.ft.
Slope: 30%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Prime Consultant / Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Project Manager: Chris Counts, ASLA, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc.
Green Roof Consultant: Conservation Design Forum, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates, PC
Architect: DMJM
Plant Supplier & Consultant: Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants
Greenroof System: American Hydrotech
Roof Contractor/Plant Installation: TectaAmerica/Magco
Edging & Drains: Green Roof Products/St. Louis Metalworks
Lighting Design: Outdoor Illumination
General Contractor: Forrester Construction Company
Architectural Services: Gensler

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

Project of the Week American Society Landscape Architects Headquarters

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Project of the Week for October 17, 2016: Parque Bicentenario Bogotá

October 17, 2016 at 7:00 am

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

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Parque Bicentenario Bogotá
Bogotá, Colombia
49,514 sf Greenroof & 4,306 sf Greenwalls

Project of the Week Description & Details: Greenroof and Greenwalls

Founded in 1910, the Parque de la Independencia (Independence Park) was one of the oldest urban parks of Bogotá, but in the last few decades had started a general decline due to neglect and vandalism. In 2005 great interest sparked revitalization and creation of a space that could connect the park back to the city, making the city center a cultural hub. Designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, the public space now connects the former park with the main pedestrian street that links to the main downtown plaza. But the morphology of the park and its social, urban, and natural interconnections brought about serious controversies, paralyzing construction for several years. Finally, the Parque Bicentenario was inaugurated in September, 2016.

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Parque Bicentenario is a reinforced concrete “bridge” that adapts to the topography of the terrain. To transform this bridge into a green public space of 4600 m2, a series of extensive and intensive green roofs were designed resulting in eight small vegetated squares, with landscape design and installation by Helecho® Ingecontrol. A wide variety of native and adapted plants were selected by the Botanical Garden of Bogotá. The greenroof encompasses 41,000 plants and about 12,000 plants on three living walls located on two vehicular passages which are highly visible. Inspired by pre-Colombian glyphs, the greenwalls were designed with a modular system from Ecotelhado which uses 16 modules per square meter, with a total density of 30 plants per square meter. The local civic association is co-responsible for Parque Bicentenario’s administration and care, and so far the park has been well-received and used for art fairs, musical performances, as well as casual relaxation. The Parque Bicentenario is challenging Bogotá and its dwellers to adopt, enjoy, and take care of this new invigorated and clean space, and in doing so shall create a safe public park for residents to cherish for years to come.

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Year: 2016
Owner: City of Bogotá
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Building Type: Park
Greenroof Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 49514 sq.ft.
Slope: 1- 4%
Greenwall Type: Living Wall
System:
Custom
Size: 
4306 sq.ft.
Slope:
100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Helecho Ecotelhado

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Giancarlo Mazzanti, Grupo Mazzanti
Construction: Instituto Desarrollo Urbano de Bogotá IDU
Contractor: Constructora Bogotá Confase-Odinsa
Landscape Design: Helecho® Ingecontrol
Green Infrastructure Installation: Helecho® Ingecontrol
Greenroof System: Layer System Helecho, Helecho® Ingecontrol
Greenroof Waterproofing: PVC, Danosa
Drainage System: Danodren, Danosa
Growing Media: Helecho®
Plant Selection: Botanical Garden of Bogotá
Greenwall System: Modular System Canguru®, Ecotelhado

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

Project of the Week Parque Bicentenario Bogotá Colombia

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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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.

Project of the Week for October 10, 2016: The Rock House

October 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

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The Rock House
Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
250 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Tucked into a remote hillside of rocky, volcanic soil against the backdrop of a pastoral landscape in Northwestern Cameroon, The Rock House project sits at an elevation of 6500 feet in the highlands of the Nso kingdom outside of the regional capital of Kumbo. Deluged by sixty inches of precipitation in the rainy season and parched by a dry season lasting 5 months, the design relies on what is immediately available within a stone’s throw. This green roof was planned and built to star as the pilot project of AREA, the African Research & Exchange Academy, the brainchild of Dr. Ajume Wingo, a man dedicated to helping his country and community. Designer Karla Dakin wanted a building that literally fit into the environment with an infinity edge roof where green roof and horizon meld into one.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

The vernacular architecture of Cameroon tends to look inward to protect against the glaring light, heat, and dust of summer and the relentless, winter winds and rains. There are no formal, commercial, or established systems used here. With the indispensable ingenuity of structural engineer Terence Lendzele, Dakin designed the glorified “shed” to wrap itself around volcanic stone. She dug up native grasses, perennials and soil (2-3 inches in depth) and carried it in buckets up to the roof, laying it down exactly as it lived on porous rock nearby. She trained a young man, Ferdinand, to help her and he quickly became the project coordinator, taking charge of the planting and making sure plenty of native flowers and mosses found their way up to a new home. As for irrigation and maintenance, this roof will rely on the natural elements. “The Rock House,” as the locals call it, defies the elements atop a barren hill with picture windows taking in a breathtaking view for miles and miles. Dr. Wingo tells people it is an art piece because they cannot believe it is a building.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

NOTE:  Landscape architect Karla Dakin, also the architectural designer for The Rock House, would appreciate any help identifying the native plants found on the site for the greenroof.  She says there are no books for plants for this particular region, and although there is one for a nearby region, it is very expensive with no guarantee it will contain the correct vegetation.

Any ideas? Please contact Karla at: karla@kdakindesign.com.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Year: 2016
Owner: AREA (African Research & Exchange Academy), Dr. Ajume Wingo
Location: Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 250 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architectural Designer and Landscape Architect: Karla Dakin, Principal, K. Dakin Design Inc.
Structural Engineer: Terence Lendzele
Project Coordinator: Ferdinand

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

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