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Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio to Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

July 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

CitiesAlive 2018

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio is a keynote at CitiesAlive 2018 in New York from September 24-28.

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the theme of the event is Green Infrastructure: Designing the Future of ResilienceCitiesAlive 2018 will explore topics like flood management, biodiversity, biophilic design, urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new performance metrics, advancements in green infrastructure policy and regulations and new research findings.

Susannah Drake stands out in the design industry as a forward thinker and leader in urban design.  With professional design qualifications in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Susannah amalgamates ecology, infrastructure and aesthetically pleasing designs in every project she works on.  In 2005, Susannah founded DLANDstudio, a multidisciplinary firm made up of scientists, urban designers, graphic designers, architects and landscape architects based in Brooklyn, NY.

The award-winning and internationally recognized firm designs multifunctional landscape systems to address urban challenges and create more resilient spaces.

DLANDstudio recently designed an open space unlike any other, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park in New York.  Bordered by industrial buildings and residential neighborhoods, the Gowanus canal has accumulated pollution and toxins over the past few decades.  DLANDstudio’s master plan for the canal will connect public and private lands, include recreational spaces running the length of the canal and connective stitching between land and water.  The revitalization of the canal is especially impressive as it has been designed to be a working landscape that will continue to improve the environment of the canal over time.

Another notable project of DLANDstudio is a linear park planned for Queens.  The 60-year old abandoned Rockaway Long Island Railroad (LIRR) was the center of debate for a number of years.  The project, similar to the High Line, presents an opportunity for outdoor classrooms for neighboring schools and the potential for economic growth.  It will also reduce car dependency in the area, with more than 100,000 people living within a 10-minute walk of the QueensWay.  DLANDstudio will bring its multidisciplinary approach to create a landscape that fosters community engagement and is ecologically productive.

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio is a keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

Along with esteemed Susannah Drake, CitiesAlive 2018 features over 80 expert speakers, a trade show, networking events, guided local tours and training opportunities.

For more information on CitiesAlive 2018 and to register, visit citiesalive.org.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for July 2, 2018: Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

June 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

 Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park
Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
102,483 sf Greenroofs

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: July 2, 2018

The Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape in Extremadura, Spain is located on a sublimely designed sustainable topography, found at both ground level and on some of its roof areas.  The dry Dehesa landscape is a multifunctional, agroforestry system, and cultural landscape.  These designed landscapes feature islands of holm oaks, cork oaks and olive trees are scattered among scrubs and pastures.  The geometric patterns of the landscape design are the survival form of Dehesa land.

I had included the Caja Badajoz HQ in my 2015 Top 10 Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design, and had the pleasure of presenting it at CitiesAlive in NYC and meeting its landscape designer, Cristina Jorge Camacho, PhD, who spoke at length about the in-depth research, planning, and careful execution of the project.

The bank’s corporate headquarters is one of my personal favorites for several reasons, and in fact I included it in both my 2018 Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-humid Regions presentations earlier this year in Kuwait City and Madrid (Las 10 mejores tendencias de arquitectura viva en regiones secas y subhúmedas).  Everyone loved this project!

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

As designers, many times we are placed in a situation where we have to inform our clients.  In this case, the Caja Badajoz is a beautiful example of showing owners that greenroofs don’t have to be actually green all the time!  They can be various shades of gray, yellow, and brown, too.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

And, the Caja Badajoz is a prime archetype of creating a greenroof in a hot and arid climate – its dry and dusty Dehesa landscape perfectly suits its location!  A 3-zone automatic drip irrigation is set for its different designed ecosystems.

As both an architect and landscape architect, Cristina Jorge Camacho has a unique experience and vision which she brings to her projects.  Visit Cjcpaisaje to see more of her work.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Mini Description & Details

Badajoz, the capital of the Province of Badajoz, Spain, is situated close to the Portuguese border on the left bank of the river Guadiana. Sited next to the Puente Real Bridge, the new 35 million Euro headquarters of the local savings bank Caja Badajoz was designed by Estudio Lamela Architects to create a dialogue with the bridge’s prominent vertical structure and the great width of the river.

A representative Dehesa, or montado, landscape characterized by oaks and the extremely dry and hot climate was desired to reflect the local countryside for both private and public spaces.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Designed by Cristina Jorge Camacho of Cjcpaisaje using systems from ZinCo, the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park encompasses an extensive greenroof over a massive plinth, intensive greenroofs over structure, and an at-grade rural park.

The landscape project deals with its analysis, design and management through archipelago design; research focuses on analyzing the: normal scale (humans, animals, plants, machines), micro scale (unicellular beings) and macro scale (thermodynamic parameters). Geometric forms include circles, ovoids, and straight lines such as nodes where lines of infrastructure converge and where activities concentrate.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Utilizing humus earth and a limestone layer, green areas are concentrated into islands of different sizes and scattered all over the roof where the islands are cool spots inside the hot areas.

The open space design in the rural park and in the urban car park is connected with the riverbank; the garden design in the semi-public cultural building base extends across five courtyard patios of different uses including as a cultural center, kindergarten, gymnasium, housing, and garage, and the extensive greenroof design is related to private open space for the 83 meter high, 16-floor office tower.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Section by Studio Lamela Architcts via Plataforma Arquitectura/ArchDaily.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

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The Caja Badajoz’s initial geometry of islands will change into great continents depending on the wind and the final configuration will be as complex and unpredictable as an original rural landscape.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Year: 2012
Owner: Caja Badajoz Bank
Location: Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Extensive & Intensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 102483 sq.ft.
Slope: 1-10%
Access: Intensive Greenroofs: Accessible, Open to Public; Extensive Greenroof: Accessible, By Appointment

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect & Landscape Designer: Cristina Jorge Camacho, Cjcpaisaje
Architect: Estudio Lamela Architects
Contractor: Joca + Senpa Charcofrío
Greenroof Systems: ZinCo
Architectural Consultant: ALKIMYA

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

All the Info:

View the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Caja Badajoz HQ Dehesa Landscape: Greenroof Cover and Gardens & Park Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 7/02/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of (C) Cjcpaisaje except for: Badajoz desde la Torre de Espantaperros by Alonso de Mendoza – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0Atardecer en Badajoz by Gotardo Gonzalez licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licenseTorre Caja Badajoz by Feranza – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, and Caja Badajoz, cajon by Jose G. Flores – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, all on Wikimedia Commons.

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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 June 18, 2018: American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

June 18, 2018 at 5:50 pm

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters
Washington, DC, USA
2,500 sf Greenroof

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: June 18, 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters is an outstanding example of corporate (in this case non-profit) social responsibility.  Its design choices for two properties in Washington, D.C. reflect fostering environmental sustainability on several fronts, especially with the incorporation of greenroofs during renovation (in addition to a utilities plan that uses 100 percent wind energy).

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

We are highlighting the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters in memory of Gregory Long of Capitol Greenroofs, who passed away in April.  His company installed both APA building greenroofs.  Greg was a fantastic individual and consummate professional whose belief in greenroofs as a means to create a healthier and more sustainable built environment is evident in all of his work.

The photo below during construction of the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters shows Greg and his team’s commitment to getting the job done, even during tough and challenging weather.

“Even the northeaster that blew through with some driving snow showers couldn’t keep us from meeting our deadline. Not ideal to work but hey….sometimes you just have to deal with what mother nature throws at you.” ~ Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs, 2014

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Mini Description & Details

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, maximize recycling and contribute to a healthier environment, in April 2014 a second greenroof was added to APA properties at their headquarters (see the APA/World Resources Institute HQ from 2008), which qualified for the DDOE grant program.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency rated both buildings in the top 10 percent of buildings in the U.S. with the lowest carbon footprint.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The plantings in April, 2014.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The design at the APA HQ building was focused on how greenroofs benefit people’s mental well being. Rebate funding was provided by the District Department of the Environment through a program administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Many private companies were also involved which made this project successful. Installed by Capitol Greenroofs, the system design called for plenty of seating and relaxation with Bison Innovative Products decking tiles, metal planters, and perennial planting areas.

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American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Composed of a mixture of perennials, woody shrubs and small magnolia trees set within modern style seating areas with bright decorative accents, this greened patio creates usable event space with spectacular views of the Capitol building.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

The plantings in May, 2015.

Year: 2014
Owner: American Psychological Association
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Roof Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Roof Size: 2,500 sq.ft.
Grade: 1%
Access:
Accessible, Private

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Gensler Associates
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.
Contractor: HITT Contracting
Greenroof System: Henry Intensive Greenroof
Installation: Capitol Greenroofs
Decking Tiles: Bison Innovative Products
Contractor: Consolidated Waterproofing
Planters, Edging & Planter Benches Manufacturer: Ore Inc.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

All the Info:

View the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters project profile to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters

Gorgeous APA rooftop blooms in May, 2015.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 6/18/18 video photo credits: Courtesy of Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs.

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

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

In Memoriam: Gregory Long

June 18, 2018 at 5:45 pm

With a heavy heart, we share the recent passing of our wonderful, kind colleague, Greg Long.

Greg Long

Greg Long had an amazing, joyful spirit and energy and a shared devotion to creating sustainable design.  With a ready smile, he was always generous about sharing information and project experience. Greg touched so many people through the establishment of his design/build/maintain business, Capitol Greenroofs and its Group Site, an excellent discussion group forum.

“On April 28th, 2018 Greg Long passed due to complications of treatment for advanced cancer.  Many in the Washington, DC area knew him as a long term greenroof/greenwall promoter, designer, installer and owner of Capitol Greenroofs.

Greg grew up in Northern PA and went to Penn State University for a BA in Landscape Architecture.  After college he worked in the DC area at several engineering and architectural firms before catching the Greenroof bug and starting to promote these to anyone who would listen.  For 12 years he was a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and was a certified Green Roof Professional (GRP).

Aside from work, he was an avid outdoorsman who liked to fish, camp, hike, snowboard, and float down river in any way possible.  Making friends whether at work or play was very important to him and he will be missed by many.” ~ Bob Long

Here are a couple of photos I took of previous CitiesAlive conferences:

Greg Long

Greg with Haven Kiers in 2006 at the Boston CitiesAlive Green Roof Conference (then known as Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities).

Greg Long

Carolina Stonecrops and Capitol Greenroofs exhibiting at the 2008 CitiesAlive in Baltimore. Bob Long is center and Greg is on the right.

Greg certainly will be missed by many within the Washington Metro Area, throughout North America, and beyond.  His high quality body of greenroof work will stand as a testament to his passion for living architecture.  Just some of his many projects include the American Psychological Association (APA) HeadquartersVirginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pollak BuildingAmerican Psychological Association (APA)/ World Resources Institute (WRI) HQCity of Charlottesville City Hall/Police StationU.S. Tax Court, and the Herrity Building Parking Garage Demonstration Garden.

In Greg Long’s memory, we are featuring one of his outstanding works from 2014, the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters, as our current Project of the Week.

Greg Long

The photo below during construction of the American Psychological Association (APA) Headquarters shows Greg and his team’s commitment to getting the job done, even during tough and challenging weather.

“Even the northeaster that blew through with some driving snow showers couldn’t keep us from meeting our deadline. Not ideal to work but hey….sometimes you just have to deal with what mother nature throws at you.” ~ Greg Long, Capitol Greenroofs, 2014

Greg Long

Greg didn’t search out the spotlight, and so I don’t have any more photos at the moment to share.  We would like to invite everyone interested to add your comments and send condolences below to Greg’s father, Robert (Bob) Long of Carolina Stonecrops.  Please  send photos to linda@greenroofs.com and I’ll add them to this post.

Greg will be sorely missed by and family and friends, and all of us within the greenroof community send our heartfelt condolences to his dad, Bob Long, and Greg’s loved ones.

Greg, may you rest in peace.

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