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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for January 29, 2018: Casa Vallarta

January 29, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Casa Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
7,653 sf greenroof and 3,090 sf greenwalls

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: January 29, 2018

Another spectacular example of living architecture is the Casa Vallarta.  Driven by home’s extraordinary context on the Mexican Jalisco coast, the architects have connected the home owners with a gorgeous Pacific Ocean panorama surrounding the property.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Mini Description & Details

Located on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas, Casa Vallarta is a beautiful masterpiece of modern design with a lush ecological aesthetic embracing a wide array of living architecture. Conceived as a vacation oasis in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin designed the home with spectacular ocean views.

The use of natural stone and concrete walls create fresh spaces that dually provide passive cooling during hot seasons. Designed by Cynthia Villalba (formerly of Zona Verde MX), a striking greenroof and multiple luxuriant greenwalls are oriented to the northeast and seamlessly integrate the house with the landscape.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Being right next to the ocean, the most logical design intention was to give the greenroof and walls some kind of movement. This led to curves speaking about the landscape tracing, and tall grasses speaking about the plant selection due to their graceful swaying in the wind. The designers also wanted to guarantee a unique experience when standing on the roof and used plants that provide different visual textures and heights.

The Zona Verde MX team planted more than 19,000 plants, including grasses, agaves, and perennials over the roof, and various short grasses and ferns in the greenwalls. The desire was for the effect to be not just green, but quite colorful, yet harmonic.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

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Both stormwater and irrigated water are captured and guided to a storage stormwater tank, then filtered through a sand system and returned to the irrigation system. Almost 15,000 square feet of a 100% PET recycled geotextile were used in the various areas, which translates to more than 33,500 recycled bottles of PET being used in the whole system.

And, both the greenwalls and greenroof have developed micro-habitats for local species like bees, spiders and dragonflies. Simply stated, Casa Vallarta is a stunning residence of ecological design on an exquisite setting.

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Year: 2012
Owner:
Grupo Xtra Inmuebles
Location:
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Building Type:
Single-Family Residential
Type:
Intensive
System:
Single Source Provider
Greenroof Size:
7653 sq.ft. and Greenwall Size: 3090 sq.ft.
Slope: 1% and 100%
Access:
Accessible, Private

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico
Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Designer: Cynthia Villalba, Zona Verde MX S.A. de C.V.
Design Architect: Arch. Alejandra Diaz de Leon, EZEQUIEL FARCA®
Architectural Project: Arch. Ezequiel Farca, EZEQUIEL FARCA
Contractor: Arch. Pablo Gutierrez, Grupo SYASA
100% Recycled PET Geotextile Manufacturer: Tecnologia de Reciclaje
Architecture and Interior Design: Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Greenroofs.com Project Week January 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

All the Info:

View the Casa Vallarta Greenroof and Greenwalls 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 28 2018 Casa Vallarta Mexico

Project of the Week Video Feature

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

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week 1/29/18 video credits: Photos and video courtesy of Cynthia Villalba, formerly of Zona Verde MX; and Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, photos ©Roland Halbe and ©Jaime Navarro.

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

The Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait (17 – 18 February) by Wolfgang Ansel

January 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Urban Oasis Experience – 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The International Green Roof Association (IGRA) is pleased to announce the 5th edition of their prestigious congress series which will be held for the first time in the Persian Gulf region in 2018. Scheduled for the 17th -18th of February in Kuwait City, this event will focus on the special challenges and benefits of Green Roofs in dry climates.

More than one-third of the world population already lives in dry climates, without considering the global metropolitan areas which often are grappling with the same problems and referred to as “city deserts.” The performance of Green Roofs in these special environments is strongly connected with the availability and scarcity of water and the limited types of plants which are able to tolerate these harsh weather conditions.

Therefore, the water and planting issue is a common thread of the congress presentations and discussions (learn more at www.greenroofworld.com). The congress is kindly supported by the Al Diwan al Amiri of Kuwait.

Congress Venue

The congress venue, Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City, consists of 310,000 m² of greenery, featuring a modern congress center, beautiful botanical gardens, museums, a miniature of old Kuwait, walkways, jogging tracks, lakes, river landscapes and an amazing musical fountain.

With almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs, the largest urban park in Kuwait represents at the same time a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climate by using appropriate Green Roof systems.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Green Roofs of the congress center in Al Shaheed Park. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

Congress Speakers

The congress lectures will provide an inspiring mixture of progressive thinkers, new technical developments, and innovative Green Roof applications in architecture, landscape architecture, and climate protection. Practical Green Roof technology will be presented, discussed, and taught along with the latest achievements for Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, and municipal Green Roof strategies.

Speakers will include, for example, Kai Uwe Bergmann from BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, New York, London); Khaled Al Fouzan from The Associated Engineering Partnership (Kuwait); Deborah Nevins from Deborah Nevins & Associates (New York); Fida Mohammed Alhammadi from Dubai Municipality; Kyosuk Lee from MVRDV (Rotterdam, Shanghai); Jamil Corbani from GreenStudios (Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles); and Green Roof pioneer Roland Appl, president of the International Green Roof Association – IGRA.

The bios of the speakers from the Middle East, the US, and Europe are available at the congress website: www.greenroofworld.com.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Green Wall project in Dubai. Copyright: Green Studios.

Featured Green Roof Architecture

A series of groundbreaking and high-profile projects involving Green Roofs and Living Walls will be presented at the congress.

Al Shaheed Park is the most significant Green Infrastructure project in Kuwait and, at the same time, one of the largest Green Roof projects in the world. During the first construction phase (2013–2015) almost all buildings were fitted with roof greening.

In 2017 the second expansion “Phase II” was opened for the public, thus doubling the total Green Roof area of the park. In total, Al Shaheed Park encompasses 35,000 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Al Shaheed Park narrates the story of a land, its history, and culture. Copyright: Al Hani Construction and Trading Company.

The design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross in London is taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof and market halls, auditoria, and shops on the ground.

Seoullo 7017, a true plant village, has been created on a former inner city highway in central Seoul. The ever-changing urban area has been transformed into a 983-metre long public park. Fifty families of plants including trees, shrubs and flowers are displayed in 645 tree pots, and a total of approximately 228 species and sub-species have found their home in the park.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Turning grey into green infrastructure – Seoullo 7017 in South Korea. Copyright: Ossip van Duivenbode.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park.

The “metamorphoses of a topos” has been designed with a sustainable approach, respecting the surrounding ecosystems and the landscape dynamics. The SNFCC includes 25,568 m² of Green Roofs.

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens – a new icon of Green Roof architecture. Copyright: Yiorgis Yerolymbos / SNF.

Join IGRA in Kuwait this February

The congress is for everyone whose profession brings them into contact with Green Roofs and those who wish to learn about the latest technology in this field. This includes architects, installers, landscape architects, planners, representatives of local authorities and environmental agencies, investors, and manufacturers.

Join us for a top-level program focusing on innovative new technologies, stunning architecture, pioneering urban development projects and many opportunities to network with international leaders in the field of Green Roofs.

The first IGRA event in the Persian Gulf region will provide a perfect platform for the launch of a successful Green Roof campaign in this geographical area.

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th International Green Roof Congress in the Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait’s new urban oasis!

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

~ Wolfgang Ansel of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

Urban Oasis Experience 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and the Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). One of his main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies and guidelines on an international level. Wolfgang Ansel is co-author of different Green Roof books.

During the last years, he was an invited speaker at congresses in Europe, North America, and Asia. IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, an international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs, and the stimulation of international standards for good practices and reliable Green Roof technology.

Contact Wolfgang Ansel, Director, International Green Roof Association (IGRA):

PO Box 2025
72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Tel.: +49 7022 / 7191980
E-Mail: ansel@igra-world.com
www.greenroofworld.com

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

January 1, 2018 at 5:19 pm

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Happy New Year 2018!

As we enter 2018 we look forward to renewed strategies for promoting green living architecture, which is the embodiment of Greenroofs.com.  Our focus has always been People, Projects, and Design, and we’re excited to feature many of your new awesome accomplishments in 2018.

Watch the “Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review” for auld lang syne.

Project of the Week: January 1, 2018

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review
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Greenroofs, Greenwalls, & Green Infrastructure Elements

 

2017 Projects of the Week

In 2017 we highlighted some inspiring and wonderful greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Many different types were showcased, some with both features included.  Additional green infrastructure elements in the projects incorporated were:

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

38 Dolores in San Francisco and LABAU (Bioclimatic Architecture and Urban Agriculture Laboratory) in Madrid.

Bioretention ponds, underground cisterns and more water harvesting techniques, water recycling systems, daylighting, solar and other alternative, renewable energy technologies, edible and stormwater gardens, and more.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and Van Dusen Botanical Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

It’s heartening to see developers, governments, and building owners listening to environmentally progressive architects and designers.  The collaborative efforts are not only proposing projects that are more holistically designed, but getting them built as well.  Kudos to all!

Join us for a quick look at just some of these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Independence Blue Cross Living Wall in Philadelphia and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Projects of the Week Gallery

To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page.

Click on each photo to go more in-depth in the post, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  Then you can see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about each particular project.

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

The Hellenic Treasury – Constitution Square in Athens and Macy’s Corporate Headquarters Habitat Roof in Cincinnati.

The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database

Also visit our Projects page to search for examples of living architecture in your neck of the woods or anywhere on Earth.  Find projects from all continents except Antarctica.  Send us your own profiles to share with the world!

Greenroofs.com 2017 Projects of the Week Video in Review

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and Edmonton Federal Building Living Wall Biofilter.

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2017 Projects of the Week in Review Video Feature

I’d like to thank Aramis for putting the 2017 video together ~ plus taking over the recording and editing of all of our Projects of the Week videos since our son, Joseph (Joey) Velazquez, left for law school in August.

And, especially, thank you to all of you designers, product manufacturers/suppliers, organizations, etc., who submit your projects to us for our international readership to learn from and enjoy!

Watch the Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2017 Video in Review below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

For individual video photo credits, please see each video commentary or the Project Profile.

Aramis and I wish you all a wonderful New Year in 2018, and remember to:

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