Designing with Nature and Not against It: Translation of the Spanish Interview with Linda S. Velazquez in El País

September 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Diseñando con la naturaleza y no contra ella: Entrevista a la arquitecta paisajista Linda S. Velazquez sobre la necesidad de una arquitectura verde en las ciudades

Spanish interview with Isabel de Felipe in Berlin, originally published by El País on July 17, 2017

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Designing with nature and not against it:

Translation of the Spanish Interview with Linda S. Velazquez in El País on the need for green architecture in cities

Under the header of “Urban Beings” in the “Green Cities” section, here’s my translationOf course, they edited quite a bit and didn’t include all of my answers, but so be it.

NOTE: El País didn’t use any of the photos or graphics I sent, and in fact put one in of an interior courtyard landscape above – is it a greenroof?  I don’t know.  All of the photos below are my own placement!

Q & A Translation by Linda Velazquez

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Here in Alpharetta, GA at Rock Mill Park where I designed the Greenroof Pavilion & Trial Gardens.

Linda S. Velazquez is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), GRP, LEED AP. She is also the founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com (1999) and design consultant at her company Sky Gardens Design (2004). Linda studied landscape architecture at the University of Georgia (2000).

Linda writes and reports extensively about greenroofs and living architecture and has presented across the globe. Linda’s role as Greenroofs.com publisher affords many opportunities to promote the industry.  She has collaborated on numerous books including Green Cities in the World, Vertical Garden City: Singapore, and The Rise of Living Architecture, in addition to journals, magazines and online media.

Q: From your experience as a pioneer in the analysis and dissemination of urban green infrastructure, how do you perceive its evolution in the last few years?

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B), One North Singapore schematic by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd., courtesy of Ken Yeang.

A. In my opinion, I believe our green architecture industry and market continues to grow each year because of the increasing general public interest and acknowledgement of important projects along with their associated multiple benefits – both public and private. We must also recognize the accomplishments of innovative leaders within the industry and design fields, businesses, and government at all levels who have promoted the idea and its progression further.

In the last 20 years we have seen dynamic and avant-garde designs that have drawn great attention to promote the greening of the planet with the integration of green: bioclimatic, biodiversity, biomimicry and sustainability.  Of course, construction follows financial cycles and we had a few years with fewer projects completed, but many people around the world are interested in green technologies, whether renewable energy or low impact development including green infrastructure like greenroofs and walls, and much more.

Q: Who or what are the most dynamic elements?  Architects, designers, entrepreneurs, institutions, NGOs …?

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Vancouver Public Library, B.C., 1995. Currently under renovation, its new greenroof garden will be at grade with the existing maples. The top 2 floors will have a reading room, community event space, theater & public garden. Photo: American Hydrotech.

A: I think it has been a combination of experts, visionaries, and multidisciplinary professionals who have spread greenroof technology, at least here in North America.  As for early completed projects, I would have to credit collaboration between architects like Moshe Safdie and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander with the government of Vancouver, B.C. in Canada with its spectacular Public Library (1995, currently under a major renovation to create an accessible public roof garden space).  Another innovative architect is William McDonough who worked with entrepreneurs such as the GAP in San Bruno, California (1997); the City of Chicago with its City Hall (2001), perhaps the most famous greenroof in the U.S.; and the Ford Motor Company with its River Rouge Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan (2003), which had the distinction of being the largest greenroof in the world for a few years, with 454,000 square feet.

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Chicago City Hall, designed by McDonough + Partners and a multitude of multi-disciplinary professionals. Photo courtesy of Charlie Miller and Roofmeadow.

In the United States in 1997/98 the pioneers who helped me tremendously were civil engineer Charlie Miller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; landscape architect Tom Liptan of Portland, Oregon; and the German environmental engineer Katrin Scholz-Barth who lived at that time in Minnesota.  Also, ASLA began writing on the subject during that time frame and, with thanks, I began to discover and research further, culminating in Greenroofs.com in 1999.

Q. In your presentation at the WGIC Berlin 2017 Congress, you identified the 10 most recent trends in greenroofs and walls. What are the underlying market drivers?

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

A. Each trend in greenroofs and walls has several underlying factors depending on the location of the project: variables such as the needs and desires of the public and governments or the client / owner, what type of buildings are popular or necessary, different uses of a structure, aesthetic tendencies, the weather, the available products or materials, etc.

With Greenroofs.com’s annual compilation of the most popular trends, the “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” (since 2007), we try to highlight cutting-edge structures and designers who are outstanding, inspiring, and magnificent – underlined by the exceptional green vegetation covering the building.

Q. What effects can green infrastructure have on the population?

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh: 1st & only building to meet 4 of the highest green certifications: • Living Building Challenge, world’s most rigorous green building standard • LEED® Platinum — tied for highest points awarded under version 2.2 • 1st & only Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ for landscapes project (pilot) • 1st & only WELL Building Platinum project (pilot). Photo: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

A. Instead of using “gray” infrastructure such as concrete, asphalt, or hiding rainwater in underground pipes, detention ponds, etc., designing with nature instead of against it – using vegetation and natural ecosystem services – offers a multitude of beneficial opportunities and associated effects to improve a city or locale. The integration of nature into the urban fabric produces a wide spectrum of environmental benefits for the flora, fauna and human communities of our planet.

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Santalaia in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo by Groncol.

Green infrastructure’s greatest potential lies in the ability to cover impermeable surfaces with permeable plant material. Using plants with engineering systems for stormwater management results in cleaner, fresher water and at the same time reduces the volume intensity that eventually falls on the streets. This immensely ameliorates a city, which is mostly impermeable, during heavy storms, when there may be overflows of the sewer system. Green infrastructure also reduces the urban heat island effect, which can dramatically increase temperatures due to lack of trees, plants, and green areas in cities, affecting the health of many people.

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof, Red Deer, Canada. Bumblebee feeding on Gaillardia sp. overlooking downtown, September 2014. Photo by Cynthia Pohl.

We can re-introduce native or sometimes even endangered plants by planting roofs and walls and green facades. At the same time, this attracts wildlife back to our cities like bees, butterflies and birds. We all know that seeing and being in nature is beneficial to human beings because of biophilia, the innate attraction in our biology to connect with nature. For example, nature helps us psychologically, improves the recovery of patients, and we rejoice within its natural and open spaces.

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Mashambas Skyscraper, a mobile educational center for Swahili, Africa: eVolo 2017 Skyscraper Competition Winner by Pawel Lipinski and Mateusz Frankowski.

The creation of green spaces in a city is extremely important but sometimes there is no where to build a park or vegetable garden. Why not put it on top of a public building? And we must not forget that sometimes the green infrastructure costs much less than the gray infrastructure because we are using natural systems. If the cost of building a greenroof, for example, is more expensive at the outset, it has to be understood that life-cycle costs will reduce the final cost because of lower replacement costs because it will last double, triple, or perhaps even longer. Also, the use and energy costs of the building will decrease while at the same time a fifth facade has been created for the building – a new roof or wall space previously not utilized for the use of the owner or the public.

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision of the idyllic Middle-Earth village home in The Shire.  Frodo’s Home, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, New Zealand, October, 2014. Photo by Linda S. Velazquez.

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The World’s 1st & largest Double LEED Platinum Museum: California Academy of Sciences (CAS) Living Roof in San Francisco. Photo by Tom Fox, courtesy of SWA Group.

Finally, using a variety of low impact development techniques can reconnect people with nature. When all the environmental, aesthetic, emotional, and economic benefits are added, we can see that green infrastructure offers sustainability benefits to many. Implemented on a local or intermediate scale, green or biophilic architecture can improve the health and well-being of a community, country, and our planet Earth.

Q: With your international vision, what are the most dynamic cities in the implementation of green infrastructure and what are their drivers?

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Potsdamer Platz in Berlin – a glowing example of green infrastructure! Photo by Linda S. Velazquez, June 2017.

A: It is impossible to talk about the most dynamic cities and not start with Germany in general, since many cities like Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, and others have been leaders for the last 50 years. At least 48 German cities provide financial support for greenroofs. Around 35% have integrated greenroofs as part of their regulation, establishing around 86 million m2 of greenroofs which represent 14% of the total roof area of Germany. And they have established professional associations and organizations for the study of materials and best practices, such as the FLL (Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung e.V.), FBB (Fachvereinigung Bauwerksbegrünung e.V.), and DDV (Deutscher Dachgartner-Verband), to name a few.

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Oasis d’ Aboukir in Paris full bloom, one year after the plant installation, early April 2014. Photo courtesy of Patrick Blanc.

There are other numerous cities in the world that stand out with integrated green construction including Chicago, Basel, Portland, Toronto, New York, Linz, London, Paris, Mexico City, Shanghai, Washington, DC and the area, Milwaukee, Bogotá, and lately Madrid and Barcelona. American states like California and Pennsylvania have also done many projects. My favorite leader is Singapore, an island nation that currently has more than 720,000 m2 of greenroofs and over 50,000 m2 of green walls with plans for 2 million square meters of skyrise vegetation by 2030.

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, by Grant Associates, Wilkinson Eyre Architects plus many more. Photo by Grant Associates.

Q: Could you provide some advice on measures we can take to improve urban dwelling?

A: We need to find or identify local leaders to talk about the topic of greenroofing and other greening opportunities and how to implement policies and strategies to encourage project stakeholders to build with green infrastructure. We still need to inform the public and various governments of the benefits so they understand the importance of protecting the natural environment and improving our construction practices using green infrastructure. As designers and other project principals we need to inform our customers why and how to do achieve this. And, we have to find ways to lower the prices of greenroofs and walls, either through industry or with the support of governmental incentives, tax exemptions, subsidies, etc. Green infrastructure should be considered first, whenever possible, within our built environment.

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

1. Munich development: Connected to large park. 2. Community garden allows people to grow flowers & vegetables. 3. Most roofs covered with greenroofs, most buildings have greened balconies. 4. Open space for socializing, typically above underground parking garages. 5. Solar Garden Roofs combine to max-out environmental benefits. 6. Houses are entirely covered with PVs. Photo courtesy of Green Roof Service.

Q: The well-being of city dwellers requires action in different fields. Could you give us your opinion on the importance of biodiversity, food security, a healthy environment, water management, energy savings, and creation of green spaces and recreation?

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall by Emilio Ambasz & Associates, a perfect integration of green over gray.

A: My academic background is landscape architecture. We recognize that our Earth is limited in its natural resources, and we have to protect all of us: animals, plants, and humans. We are as one, living and sharing an ecology that is this planet. We must bestow the heritage of a healthy and sustainable land to our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The Earth is not ours to plunder, but our planet to sustain and protect for generations to come! With all my being, I believe that, in part, this is possible with architecture and design that is ecological and sustainable. Urban greening diminishes the effects of the built environment and promotes a strong and beautiful green infrastructure, flourishing and healthy.

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

NAUTILUS ECO-RESORT Biophilic Learning Center: Zero-Emission, Zero-Waste, Zero-Poverty by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Palawan 2017, Republic of the Philippines.

Author Isabel de Felipe

Designing with Nature Linda S. Velazquez Interview El País Translation

I’m honored to have been interviewed in Spain’s #1 newspaper, El País, by Isabel de Felipe, PhD and thank her for the opportunity!

Isabel is Professor Ad Honorem Polytechnic University of Madrid, on the Board of Directors for the Center for Innovation in Technology for Human Development, and has published numerous articles and books on urban greening and agriculture for development. Most importantly, she is a dear colleague of PRONATUR and WGIN.

Isabel and her husband Dr. Julian Briz participated in our second Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 in the Spanish-language Panel “La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” – “Urban Agriculture in Iberia-America and Spain” along with Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Tanya Müller García (Moderator), Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer – watch it on our 2013 Virtual Summit playlist.

If you’re a Spanish speaker, you can read Diseñando con la naturaleza y no contra ella yourself at in El País.

Contact Isabel at isabel.defelipe@upm.es.

Project of the Week for August 14, 2017: Millennium Park

August 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/14/17

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Millennium Park
Chicago, IL, USA
1,067,220 sf Greenroof

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Created to reinvigorate a 25-acre tract of land in Chicago’s Grant Park, Millennium Park is a multi-award winning public park with venues for performance, art, sculpture, architecture and landscape architecture, located between Chicago’s lakefront and the central business district (the loop). At 24.5 acres, Millennium Park is considered either the largest or one of the largest intensive greenroof projects in the world and covers two multi-level parking lots with a total of 4,000 cars, a commuter rail line, and an opera hall.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

When Millennium Park opened on July 16, 2004, it transformed an industrial wasteland into Chicago’s cutting-edge showplace – the centerpiece is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by Frank Gehry. Today, it is Chicago’s second-largest tourist attraction – and the City marked its 10th anniversary throughout the summer of 2014. The Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration featured dozens of free events and exhibitions including new monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more. Due to the size, scope, and multi-phase approach, several companies provided waterproofing, including: Barrett CompanyAmerican Hydrotech, Tremco, and Henry.

Publisher’s Note: Visit the City of Chicago’s Millennium Park website to see the 2017 Millennium Park Summer Brochure for free events and more.

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Year: 2004
Owner: City of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Building Type: Municipal, Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 1,067,220 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Greenroofs.com Project Week August 14 2017 Millennium Park Chicago

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Master Plan, Architecture, Structural + Civil Engineering, Urban Design + Planning: SOM
Landscape Architect of Record:
Terry Guen Design Associates, Inc.
Project Director: Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Pritzker Pavilion Architect: Frank Gehry
The Lurie Garden Senior Design Partner: Kathryn Gustafson, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
Waterproofing System: Ram-Tough 250DM, Barrett Company
Barrett Waterproofing Contractor: Kedmont Waterproofing
Waterproofing & Intensive Greenroof System: Garden Roof® Assembly, American Hydrotech
Waterproofing & Greenroof System: Henry Vegetative Roofing Assembly™
Waterproofing System: Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing
Design Landscape Architect: CYLA Design Associates
Design Landscape Architect: Daniel Weinbach & Partners
Design Landscape Architect: Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Lurie Garden Perennial Planting Designer: Piet Oudolf
Irrigation, Great Lawn and Turf Consultant: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 8/14/17 video photo credits: Courtesy of ©Caroline Menetre 2011; American Hydrotech; View of the Chicago skyline from 340 on the Park by Dmytro Sergiyenko licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Lurie Garden in sun by Ruhrfisch licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons; Lurie Garden view with Michigan and Randolf streetwalls by Señor Codo licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons; Jay Pritzker Pavilion on 2012-10-20 licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons; Pritzker Pavilion looking north at night, Source: Logan Reed; Author: Farsidekid00 licensed under Public Domain via Commons; and Chicago_-_Crown_Fountain_-_Millennium_Park_(2713868085).jpg by Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
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Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

June 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

The World Wide Web. – June 29, 2017 – Now in our eleventh year, Greenroofs.com Publisher Linda Velazquez announces the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”

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Amidst growing media interest and in our climate-changing world where it is more essential than ever to design with nature, Greenroofs.com has been bringing the latest projects in chic sustainability to the living architecture community since 2007.

As usual to be expected from the annual Top 10 Hot List, decisively outstanding, inspirational, and magnificent avant-garde structures and designers are underscored by exceptional green building envelope vegetation. And 2017 marks the first time Linda Velazquez has gone solo curating the yearly Top 10 compilation since previous collaborator Design Editor Haven Kiers stepped down due to a heavy professional schedule.

Linda recently inaugurated the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in Berlin last week at the highly successful WGIN, FBB and EFB World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017, which enjoyed over 800 registrants.  If you missed attending her fun and fast-paced presentation in Germany, join Linda and fellow colleagues this September in Seattle for the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Cities Alive 2017.

Projects from Across 6 Continents

For 2017, projects were compiled from across every continent except Antarctica – but should anyone ever propose or attempt to build a greenroof or greenwall in this snowy and icy domain, Linda will certainly add it to an upcoming List!  And since 2017 is barely half through, Greenroofs.com will keep an eye out for additional projects to be potentially added and delivered in Seattle.

2017 Greenroofs.com “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

9) Greening Remote Residences

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

Holistic approaches take center stage through integrating vegetation and using technologies to encourage energy efficient and environmentally friendly building envelopes.  Some of the projects include:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

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Photo: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

A Greenroofs.com perennial favorite category for those projects which are just too unique, the Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls category includes: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles – May the (Green) Force Be with You: Showcasing the life work of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, the $1 billion museum resembles a sinuous space ship, with undulating ribbons of plant life set on a sprawling, lush 6 – 7 acre greenroof park set atop underground parking. The Vancouver Public Library in B.C., Canada: Opening the “Garden in the Sky” to the Public. The renovation of the iconic 1995 Central Library by Cornelia Oberlander and Moshe Safdie (and others) will include a new public roof garden at grade with the existing maples.

9) Greening Remote Residences

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Villa 3 Marias. Photos: Paisajismo Urbano, SMA.

The Villa 3 Marias in Morelia, Mexico overlooks hills and the Guayangareo Valley. Its 13 separate lush hydroponic greenwalls are located inside and out with a total of 11,000 plants, 35 species and 15 varieties. Villa Ypsilon in Greece is an accessible Y shaped greenroof which becomes an extension of olive grove landscape since the height of house is limited to tip of the olive trees, offering panoramic view to the mountains, bay of Schiza, and the island of Sapientza.

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

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Skyline Plaza Frankfurt. Photo: Optigrün international.

The mega mall Skyline Plaza Frankfurt in Germany has a 2.7-acre Skyline Garden rooftop garden with a huge network of paths, lawns, and playgrounds open to the public. Seoullo in Seoul, South Korea is a former 1970s inner city highway transformed in to a 983m-long public park. Fifty types of plants are displayed in 645 tree pots with 228 species and sub-species.

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

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Greendo. Photo: Keita Nagata Architectural Element.

Greendo in Takamatsu, Japan are five residences sandwiched between two roads in the mountainous terrain. Greened terraces form roofs of the homes below where children play and gardens aare grown. Cidade Matarazzo’s Rosewood Tower in São Paulo, Brazil will transform a former historic maternity ward into a 100m tall building to be “oasis at the heart” of the city. Native vegetation will populate the ‘landscape building’ with flowers, plants & trees protruding through and above the structure’s latticed steel façade.

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

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The Spheres: Amazon HQ. Photo: NBBJ.

Why build a boring office park, when you can create living architecture with three giant biospheres? NBBJ is working with Amazon to revitalize three city blocks of Seattle’s Denny Regrade neighborhood, and the centerpiece of the new Amazon headquarters will be the spheres: a multi-story, glass-enclosed workplace containing tens of thousands of plants and trees from around the world.  Patrick Blanc’s Rainforest Chandelier in Bangkok is the longest free hanging structure in the world totally covered by plants at 103 m long. Built for the luxury EmQuartier shopping mall renovation, the Spiral blade chandelier is suspended on stainless steel cables and planted with Ferns, Anthurium, Hoya, Cissus sicyoides, and many more from the French botanist.

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

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Oasia Hotel. Photo: © K. Kopter.

In Singapore, WOHA’s stunning red aluminum mesh cladded Oasia Hotel in the CBD: Conceived as a living green tower at 190.15 meters with four sky terraces and the sky garden above, it integrates 21 species of creepers, plants and flowers. The “landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment.”  The Atlas Hotel in Vietnam drips with vegetation: Vo Trong Nghia architects incorporated drapes of greenery to the 5-story balconies with plants overhanging each side of the building to reconnect guests with nature. The sheltered network of inter-connected courtyards is immersed in trailing plants, too.

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

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Google London HQ. Photo: Google.

Google’s London HQ is a £1 billion “Landscraper” to be as long as it’s tall and will bring all Googlers into one campus of 11 stories with 300-meter long rooftop gardens to be stepped just like the building. The garden’s many zones include a “pause area” filled with wildflowers & woodland plants, a cafe, and 200m running trail. The design of Beirut Terraces in Lebanon are influenced by layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history. And the 119 m-tall highrise of staggered plates are large planted overhangs whose lush vegetation offers privacy screens, creates cooler micro climates, and frames views.

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

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Monad Terrace. Graphic: Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Highlighted here in this trend for the wealthy are the spectacular Monad Terrace by Jean Nouvel in Miami Beach; One River Point Towers by Rafael Viñoly on the Miami River; and the Grove at Grand Bay by Bjarke Ingels of BIG.

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

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Shanghai Tower. Photo: Connie Zhou via My Modern Met.

Known for the firm’s iconic work on projects such as the Library of Congress Packard Campus and the California Academy of Sciences, some of SWA’s spectacular “Public Realm” overstructure greenroofs are highlighted including the Burj Khalifa Tower Park in Dubai, UAE influenced by traditional Islamic patterns – currently the #1 tallest building in the world; and the Shanghai Tower in China spiraling high with nine vertical zones and Sky Garden Terraces at every 22nd floor, and the #2 tallest building in the world.

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

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Mashambas Skyscraper. Photo: © Pawel Lipi?ski / Mateusz Frankowski.

The Mashambas Skyscraper for Swahili, Africa is the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winner, a mobile educational center to introduce a green revolution providing education, seeds, and fertilizer. The scalable skyscraper is conceived to reduce hunger in sub-Saharan where over 40% live in absolute poverty. Once a community becomes self-sufficient it moves on.And to wrap up the Greenroofs.com 2017 Top 10 Hot List, ‘Tour & Taxis’ is a mixed-use 135,000 sqm eco-neighborhood in central Brussels: Architect Vincent Callebaut proposes the concept of greening the site of the former customs clearing and storage complex and maritime terminal with vertical forests to build villas in the sky surrounded by roof gardens and creating public parks inside the office, retail, and public buildings. Of course, the Energy-Plus Masterplan Metamorphosis of the Gare Maritime is all covered in green and renewable energies.

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Tour & Taxis. Graphic: Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

 

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week June 5, 2017: California Academy of Sciences Living Roof

June 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

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California Academy of Sciences Living Roof*
San Francisco, CA, USA
197,000 sq. ft. Greenroof

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Situated in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the world’s first and largest double LEED Platinum museum, the California Academy of Sciences boasts exhibition space, education, conservation and research beneath one large greenroof. The CAS was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop along with a slew of other professionals. A single building beneath the new 2.5-acre living roof houses Academy components that once stretched across 12 structures including the Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum and Steinhart Aquarium.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Rana Creek Living Architecture worked with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Chong and Partners Architecture, SWA Group, ARUP, and the Academy to design the living roof with seven dramatic hills and four steeply sloped domes, replicating the surrounding rolling hills. Dotted with circular skylights fitted with heat sensors, the skylights can open to further cool the building when needed.

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

The undulating living roof sits 35 feet in the air and is planted with over 50 native wildflowers and other species. An open-air observation terrace enables visitors to get a close-up look at the roof’s lush canopy of plants. With slopes up to 60 degrees, a biodegradable modular system was developed (later purchased by Tremco), and 50,000 biodegradable modular BioTrays™ were planted. The Garden Roof® Assembly, Ultimate Assembly®, and waterproofing were supplied by American Hydrotech. Surrounded by 60,000 photovoltaic cells, up to 10% of energy needs are supplied and it prevents the release of more than 405,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. The BioTrays keep interior temperatures about 10° F cooler, reduce low frequency noise by 40 dB, decrease the ambient Urban Heat Island effect being 40° cooler, and absorb about 98% of stormwater, preventing up to 3.6 million gallons of runoff per year. A masterpiece of sustainable architecture, blending seamlessly into its setting while employing a wide variety of innovative features and operations to minimize its footprint, the California Academy of Sciences and its Living Roof is the “greenest museum in the world.”

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Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Year: 2007
Owner: California Academy of Sciences
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Building Type: Museum
Type: Semi-Intensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 197000 sq.ft.
Slope: varies – 65%
Access: Inaccessible except for the open-air observation terrace, Public

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Consultant: Rana Creek Living Architecture
Ecological Consultant: Paul Kephart, Rana Creek
Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Stantec Architecture
Architect: Chong Partners Architecture
Engineering and Sustainability Consulting: Arup
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
General Contractor: Webcor Builders
Garden Roof® Assembly, Ultimate Assembly®, Waterproofing: American Hydrotech
Building Envelope Design Consultant – Waterproofing Design: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Senior Curator of Botany: Frank Almeda, California Academy of Sciences
Modular Greenroof System: BioTray™ by Tremco
Project Management Services: San Francisco Public Works
Landscape Contractor: Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractor

Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

The Academy of Sciences (5956927082).jpg By torbakhopper – FlickrUploaded by Fæ, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22961669.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof

Project of the Week Video Feature

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/05/17 video photos courtesy of SWA Group by Tom Fox; graphic by Renzo Piano Building Workshop; California Academy of Sciences including the black and white original CAS photo from the California Academy of Sciences; Golden Gate Park; California Academy of Sciences pano.jpg By WolfmanSF – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; The Academy of Sciences (5956927082).jpg By torbakhopper – FlickrUploaded by Fæ, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons; CA Academy of Sciences Living Roof 1.JPG By BrokenSphere – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; Music Concourse from California Academy of Sciences roof Panorama.jpg Original photos taken by: Joe Mabel, panorama created by: Tango22, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons; and California Academy of Sciences Indoor Rainforest.jpg By TheDailyNathan – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Greenroofs.com Project Week June 2017 California Academy Sciences Living Roof