Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for March 19, 2018: FOOD ROOF Farm

March 19, 2018 at 10:47 am

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

FOOD ROOF Farm
St. Louis, MO, USA
8,500 sf. Greenroof & Hydroponic Towers

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: March 19, 2018

The availability of fresh, local produce is so important in our cities, and not often found farm-to-table.  But urban agriculture on greenroofs makes rooftop farm-to-table easily accessible!  With AgLanta next week on our minds, we’re once again showcasing the success of the FOOD ROOF Farm in St. Louis by Urban Harvest STL.

We were thrilled to have also featured this wonderful project in our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit with the video “FOOD ROOF Farm: Grow Food, Grow Community” from the founder and farm manager, Mary E. Ostafi.  As the Executive Director of Urban Harvest STL, Mary spoke on how they are fostering food system change in their community.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Mini Description & Details

Urban Harvest STL, a St. Louis nonprofit, empowers communities to cultivate equitable access to healthy, sustainably grown food and enhance biodiversity in cities.  After years of gardening on the ground, the Urban Harvest STL founders combined their background in architecture with HOK with their experience in urban agriculture to design and build St Louis’s first rooftop farm, the FOOD ROOF Farm.

Community engagement drove the design and the project illustrates various rooftop farming growing techniques including the intensive greenroof, hydroponic towers, raised beds, modular planters and greenhouse and tracks best practices for growing each crop efficiently.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Built in 2015, the 8,500 square foot FOOD ROOF Farm is located in the heart of downtown St Louis above a two-story storage facility utilizing a Sika Sarnafil PVC waterproofing membrane, which doubles as a root barrier; capillary, protective & filter fleece and drainage boards from Optigrün international AG / Optigreen; and pavers from Bison Innovative Products.  With additional consulting and design services from Hanging Gardens, the hybrid intensive greenroof system and farm was built in conjunction with volunteers along with Urban Harvest STL.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers are grown annually and more than 4,000 pounds of organic food was produced in 2017.  The majority is donated to people who need it the most in the community.

Other notable farm features include a Milkweed for Monarchs pollinator garden and keeping over 40,000 honeybees and 5 chickens.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

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The community hub space hosts over 20 educational workshops and activities each year.  And, the robust green roof infrastructure captures up to 17,000 gallons of stormwater per storm event, which equates to over 1,819,000 gallons annually.  Rainwater captured is utilized for plant growth, reducing irrigation needs by up to 50%.

Urban Harvest STL set out to not only create a social impact but also create an ecological return as well; they are increasing biodiversity gains and pollinator health on their rooftop.  The FOOD ROOF Farm is growing healthy food and a community of healthy people.

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Year: 2015
Owner: Urban Harvest STL
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 8500 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, By Appointment

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Urban Harvest STL Executive Director, Co-Founder & Designer: Mary Ostafi, AIA, LEED-AP
Urban Harvest STL Co-Founder & Designer: Joseph Ostafi AIA, LEED-AP, Regional Leader for Science and Technology, HOK
Architect: Charlie Lutz, Senior Designer, HOK
Greenroof Design & Consultant: Anthony Mayer GRP, LEED AP, Chief Executive Officer, Hanging Gardens
Roofing Contractor: Tom Cox, President, Bi-State Roof Systems, Inc.
Waterproofing Membrane: John Bernardi, Regional Manager, Sika Sarnafil
Certified Irrigation Designer: Craig Pisarkiewicz, MPR Supply Company
Paver Provider: David Mudd, Hardscapes Sales, Midwest Block & Brick
Paver Provider: Hilary Porter, Central Regional Sales Manager, Bison Innovative Products
Greenhouse Provider: Greg Garbos, Owner, Small Farm Tools
Structural Engineer: Kent MacPeek, Frontenac Engineering
Growing Media: St. Louis Composting
Growing Media: WaterGrip Brownie
Capillary, Protective & Filter Fleece and Drainage Boards: Optigrün international AG / Optigreen

Greenroofs.com Project Week Food Roof Farm St Louis

All the Info:

View the FOOD ROOF Farm 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 Food Roof Farm St Louis

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the FOOD ROOF Farm Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 3/19/18 video credits: Greenroofs.com Project of the Week video photo credits: All courtesy of Urban Harvest STL © by: Eldar Beiseitov, Christopher Faller, Jonathan Gayman, and Urban Harvest STL.

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for January 15, 2018: Bosco Verticale (Vertical Garden), Milan

January 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Garden), Milan
Milan, Italy
21,528 sf planted terraces plus solar & wind

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: January 15, 2018

We begin 2018 with highlighting one of the more recent iconic living architecture structures in the world: the Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, in Milan.

No surprise the high-rise forest was awarded the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s “2015 Best Tall Building Worldwide.” The project also garnered the 2014-2015 International Highrise Award, sponsored by the Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt (Deutsches Architekturmuseum, DAM) and DekaBank.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Mini Description & Details

The innovative LEED Gold Bosco Verticale has elevated the definition of ‘green skyscraper’ to a new level. Designed by Boeri Studio, the award-winning Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity. Without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory, it is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city.

Due to towering heights, terrace cantilevering, and heavy plantings, Arup performed geotechnical and structural engineering studies including wind tunnel testing. Developed by Hines, the first example of the Vertical Forest consists of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m high, situated in the center of Milan. All of the plant species were carefully selected by agronomists Laura Gatti and Emanuela Borio.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

The Bosco Verticale hosts 800 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters), 4,500 bushes, and 15,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed according to the sun exposure of each facade. In addition to evergreen species, deciduous tree specimens include beeches, yellow acacias, oaks, maples, ash trees, ferns and ivy, which were arranged on the four different façades of the two skyscrapers.

A team of aerial arborists perform pruning and other maintenance tasks several times per year, both inside and out. The over 20,000 plants absorb about 10,000 kilograms of CO2 per year and produce about 19,000 kilograms, or 42,000 pounds, of oxygen per year.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

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The lushly planted Bosco Verticale and its ever-evolving seasonal facades offer residents a cool, colorful, and sustainable lifestyle and contribute dramatically to the Milan cityscape.

Conceived as a prototype of the skyscrapers of the future, Stefano Boeri Architetti continues with future designs for Vertical Forests throughout the world.

Note: Laura Gatti from Studio Laura Gatti presented “Greening the Vertical City – the Bosco Verticale and a Look into the Future of Urban Living” at our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Year: 2014
Owner:
Coima SGR – Porta Nuova Isola Fund
Location:
Milan, Italy
Building Type:
Multi-Family Residential
Type:
Intensive
System:
Custom
Size: 2
1528 sq.ft.
Slope:
1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

At roof level, photovoltaic panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the complex. Image © designboom.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architectural Design: Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra)
Landscape Design: Emanuela Borio, Laura Gatti
Structural Engineer: Arup Italia
MEP Engineer: Deerns Italia
Main Contractors: Colombo Costruzioni and ZH Construction Company
Developer: Hines Italia
Interior Design: COIMA Image

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

All the Info:

View the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Garden), Milan to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 2018 Bosco Verticale Vertical Garden Milan

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Garden), Milan Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:’

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/15/18 video credits: Photos courtesy of Laura Gatti and Stefano Boeri Architetti.  Video clips courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti.

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Greenroofs.com Announces New Website in 2018 with Funding from LEAf

December 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Greenroofs.com Press Release, December 22, 2017

Greenroofs.com Announces New Website in 2018 with Funding from LEAf

Alpharetta, GA, USA. Greenroofs.com, the greenroof and greenwall industry’s resource and online information portal since 1999 and producer of the biennial Virtual Summits (2017, 2015, 2013, and 2011), is excited to announce the release of our new website redesign in early 2018.

Beautiful, bold graphics herald the new look and feel of the website.  The new layout and design pop, with easy navigation.  Readers will enjoy a fresh, clean reading experience.  Advertisers will appreciate enhanced functionality to increase worldwide visibility and further the green infrastructure industry.

Funding from LEAf

The new Greenroofs.com website is made possible with the generous support from the Legacy Emilio Ambasz Foundation (LEAf).

Founded by pioneering green architect Emilio Ambasz, the foundation’s main purpose is to support architects who merit being called artists as well as those building ideas which may greatly improve domestic and urban life.  We at Greenroofs.com are extremely grateful for the financial assistance of a recent LEAf grant and proud of the professional endorsement from our colleague to continue our efforts in promote living architecture.

Emilio Ambasz

Greenroofs.com Announces New Website in 2018 with Funding from LEAf

Emilio Ambasz, Commendatore della Rep. Italiana, Ordine della Stella d’Italia, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Honorary International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, ISA 2014 Medal for Science; The Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna, “Madre Terra” First Award, 2015, is a multiple award-winning architect, industrial designer, and principal of Emilio Ambasz & Associates. Ambasz is an early proponent of green architecture with projects around the world, and Ambasz’s trademark style is a combination of buildings and gardens, which he describes as ‘green over the gray’. Mr. Ambasz’ large number of prestigious projects include the Mycal Sanda Cultural Center in Shin-Sanda, Japan; the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City; the Conservatory at the San Antonio Botanical Center, Texas; the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan; Casa de Retiro Espiritual in Cordoba, Spain; Environment Park (EnviPark) in Turin, Italy; and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation (Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto Onlus) in Venice, Italy.

The author of several books, his brand new book, Emerging Nature: Emilio Ambasz Precursor of Architecture and Design by Lars Müller Publishers, is available now on the publishers’ website.  Learn more about Emilio Ambasz at the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture ~ People, Projects & Design, where he is an honored keynote.  His video presentation is entitled “The Green Over the Gray.”

Look for the New Website Launch in early 2018

“I have been a huge fan of Emilio since during my days at the University of Georgia in the late 1990’s where I studied about his international projects and leadership in the field of green architecture. Emilio’s dramatic ecological and provocative designs paired with his pragmatic thinking on how we can create a design paradigm shift from from gray to green have inspired generations of architects, landscape architectures, and designers of many interrelated disciplines.

We were so excited at the news of the LEAf grant and plans were put in place immediately to initiate the huge, time consuming task of a website redesign of this magnitude.”~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Founder & Publisher of Greenroofs.com

The highly anticipated launch of the new website is expected early in the New Year.  To learn more, stay up-to-date at Greenroofs.com.

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Established in 1999, Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and the most comprehensive online resource for greenroofs, greenwalls, and related fields promoting best practices in sustainability. Greenroofs.com’s Mission is as a catalyst for the growing green architecture industry and Earth’s connection to emerging trends of living architecture and nature-based infrastructure practices. We live in a blue-green world and represent an environmentally aware industry who protects our environment utilizing vegetated building envelope practices providing smart building solutions to our critical world issues of climate change, urban heat islands, renewable energies, stormwater management, CSO’s, water conservation, water & air pollution, flooding, wildlife habitat, urban greenspace, food security – and much more.

Updated daily, Greenroofs.com is the largest platform for greenroof and greenwall news online and is where diverse professionals find global projects in the international Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database and products and services in the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory for their own projects.  

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Ending on December 31!

December 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Greenroofs.com’s 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is ending on December 31, 2017 ~ why not spend some of your down time during the holidays catching up with some of our industry’s most valued and interesting greenroof and greenwall colleagues?

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The 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Comes to a Close Soon

If you haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, now’s the time!

Presented by Greenroofs.com, our Virtual Summits only take place every other year.  Held completely online, these marquee innovation events run on demand with live social media events – and for 2017, our Virtual Summit comes to a close on December 31, 2017.

Special Discounted Pricing Through the End of the Year

Register through December 31, 2017 at the 50% off discounted rate of only $25:

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The Virtual Summit Mission

The Mission of the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet.

In addition to increasing awareness of our living architecture market and industry, the Virtual Summit 2017 is an interactive platform for idea interchange through a combination of environmentally forward videos from keynote speakers, individual & collaborative offerings, and expert panel sessions along with social media happenings.

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Ending on December 31

Highlighting Excellence and Lessons Learned in Green Living Architecture

Come watch a host of fellow influencers from around the world: 40 presenters from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Iran, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, and the U.S.

Experience some of the latest projects and developments in vegetated building envelopes worldwide, and learn about avant-garde architects, landscape architects, designers, educators, and leaders of government who have captured the essence of living with nature.

Our 2017 Renowned Keynotes:

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  • Trailblazing green architect, graphic and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz, designer of the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan and the Veneto Eye Bank Foundation in Venice, among numerous others;
  • Noted botanist and researcher Patrick Blanc, PhD, inventor of the Vertical Garden, or Le Mur Végétal, whose over 250 biodiverse designs include the One Central Park in Sydney and the Quai Branly Museum in Paris;
  • Educational, affordable local food systems, and workforce development innovator Stephen Ritz, responsible for the new National Health, Wellness and Learning Center at CS 55 in South Bronx and founder of the Green Bronx Machine;
  • Industry leader Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, with two decades of experience working within the building products and construction communities, with an emphasis on sustainable building impacts and high performance building envelope assemblies.

Round #1 Speakers

Watch and learn from our 4 awesome Keynotes and 27 esteemed Speakers from Round #1 who explore current trends in living architecture, classroom food literacy, certified student workforce training, sustainable stormwater design, rooftop urban ag and more, from the micro-scale of dwellings to the macro-scale of cities.

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Round #2 Speakers

…PLUS our 10 brand new Short Videos (under 10 minutes) from 9 new colleagues, firms, and organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the U.S.:

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See the entire Agenda to learn more about each video check out all of our 40 wonderful Speakers and their widely varied 36 talks – short, medium, and long!

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Industry Support

Additionally, we must thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and living architecture/green infrastructure Organization Partners who have supported our work in 2017:

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Support our work, learn about new projects, happenings, and people – and connect with your fellow green infrastructure colleagues from across the planet.

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

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