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#TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post – Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

April 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid just posted their Twitter Pre-chat Post online – see Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post for our upcoming Twitter Chat.

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Here’s just a short excerpt:

“Sustainability sits at the top of the priorities of many cities across the world, especially since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Climate Agreement by the United Nations in 2015. It is important that the impact of different sustainability measures and solutions, including green roofs, become measurable. More research and data should be collected, at the urban and metropolitan scale, to quantify the contribution of green roofs to achieving city sustainability goals. Measuring green roofs impact on stormwater management, air, and water quality would especially allow cities to strategically allocate resources for the installation of green roofs and make them part of city sustainability agendas.

Does your city have green roofs? How do green roofs contribute to a city’s livability? And what impact do they have on a city’s overall sustainability?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and join us at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat to answer these questions and more, with our co-host, Greenroofs.comLinda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED™ AP, GRP, publisher, and editor of Greenroofs.com will be on our experts’ panel along with Tessa Duste (Moss Amsterdam), Ben Flanner (Brooklyn Grange) and Dusty Gedge (Living Roofs). Save the date: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m PT.”

~ Sarah Essbai, The Global Grid

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Join Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, Ben Flanner & me on April 18 for The Global Grid Greenroofs Twitter Chat!

Contribute to #TheGlobalGrid Polls

The Global Grid has three polls up on the Pre-Chat Post: Are there any green roofs in your city?, Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?, and Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?

Contribute your opinion!

Join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs for a Twitter Chat Together Next Wednesday, April 18

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

The Time?

Join us for the one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from:

12 pm – 1 pm PT

Where?

#TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat

You can also read all about How To Do It there, in case you’re new.

Convert for your time zones, and we hope to hear from you at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat with us #Greenroofs next Wedenesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date: April 18, 2018

April 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs are Hosting a Twitter Chat Together

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, an international celebration of the profession.  What better way to be part of the celebration?  Get in on the action and voice your opinions about greenroofs!

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid asked us at Greenroofs.com to co-host their monthly Twitter Chat, and we think it’s a fantastic idea.  Sarah is leading the communications and marketing efforts of The Global Grid and is an architect, urban planner and independent researcher based in Zaandam, The Netherlands.

When?

The one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT.

Look for The Global Grid’s pre-chat post to be published next week, and more info and specifics from us to follow, too.

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

The Topic

Greenroofs, of course!  We’ll be focusing on their role in achieving sustainability goals for cities.

The Panelists

There will be four of us on #The Global Grid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat:

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

  • Dusty Gedge, co-founder of Livingroofs.org and the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) in London: @greenroofsuk;
  • Tessa Duste, founder of Moss Amsterdam in Amsterdam: @TessaDuste;
  • Ben Flanner, Director of Agriculture, President, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City: @bjflanner;
  • And me, Linda S. Velazquez, Publisher and founder of Greenroofs.com in Alpharetta, GA: @greenroofs.

About The Global Grid

Since 2010, The Global Grid has offered localized and unique architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning and related news every weekday.  The Global Grid uniquely publishes news specific to the town or city in which the author resides or is traveling.  With a 150+ writer alumni, The Global Grid continues to grow as a destination for local environmental design news and perspectives.

About Greenroofs.com

Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and comprehensive online resource Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and promoting People, Projects & Design.  Greenroofs.com publishes the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,700 profiles and the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory plus produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011).

Save the Date Twitter Chat

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Convert for your time zones, and we hope you’ll join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs on April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure at Grey to Green 2018, by GRHC

April 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Grey to Green Conference // greytogreenconference.org
Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

Save $50 When You Register Before April 30th!

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Grey to Green 2018

The 6th Annual Grey to Green Conference is taking place May 15-16, 2018 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto.  Grey to Green focuses on green infrastructure design, research and policy and connects professionals working to integrate natural elements into the built environment.

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the 2018 agenda features a wide variety of innovative content on stormwater management, urban agriculture, biophilic design, green infrastructure and the Internet of Things, and designing green communities.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure

Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure.  Discover a concept that will transform the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths; explore the viability behind the proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor and discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.

On May 16th, the technical sessions will showcase a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure adoption and widespread implementation. These thought leaders and change agents will give you exclusive access into their design processes, research findings and policy developments that will no doubt be part of our future urban fabric.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Don’t miss the Afternoon Keynote featuring Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure; Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design as he talks about San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal Center Rooftop Park as well as discussing the work on the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China; and Brian Brisbin, Principal at Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects in his presentation on Toronto’s First Vertical Forest.

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Courses and Tours

Grey to Green will also feature a variety of training courses on May 15th such as Biophilic Design, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, Green Roof Design & Installation and Green Walls 101.

To top off the event we have also curated an array of tours to highlight Toronto’s outstanding green infrastructure projects.  Explore the connection between green infrastructure and healthcare on the Healthy Hospitals Tour, get your boots dirty with a bus tour of the Gro-Bark mulch production facility and learn from green wall experts, Laura Kennedy and Mitch Cowburn of Nedlaw Living Walls on the Green Wall Walking Tour.

Learn more at greytogreenconference.org.

Save $50

Register now as early bird rates end April 30, 2018.

Grey to Green Conference is pending approval for up to 7.5 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

To register, visit greytogreenconference.org.

Green Infrastructure Week

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

Grey to Green Conference is excited to be the anchor event for the region’s first Green Infrastructure Week (GIW).  GIW is May 13-19, 2018 and will feature a variety of tours and workshops designed to promote the benefits of green infrastructure.

Don’t miss the guided tour of Trillium Park, a tour of Ripple Farms’ vertical aquaponics facility and the Toronto East End Rain Garden Crawl!

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

For more information on Green Infrastructure Week visit greytogreenconference.org/giw.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Reimagining Urban Infrastructure Grey to Green 2018 Save $50

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.

New Arup Report Says Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift to Remain Viable

April 3, 2018 at 11:56 pm
Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup: The model arid city.

Sustainability means a lot of different things to different people.

In an increasingly climate-challenged planet, some may say it’s counter intuitive- let alone against sustainability principles- to try and green the world’s arid regions with vegetation:

How can the use of water for green infrastructure, including building integrated greenery, be reconciled against its limited availability?  Could the practice even be considered irresponsible?  Can and are greenroofs and greenwalls really sustainable in the desert?

Arid Cities Need a Design Paradigm Shift to Remain Viable

As always, sustainable design principles can be applied in every built environment – we just have to pick and choose the correct ones.  All sustainable design should be city and site-specific, with systems and low impact development working in tandem with its local ecology.

“Cities in arid regions are expected to experience the highest rates of natural population growth and urbanisation in the coming century. Yet most are still being planned and designed based on a global city-making paradigm from the 1950s. Cities need to adapt strategies that combine technological innovation with locally adapted and climatically appropriate solutions.

Even simple things such as building orientation and the resulting shade can have a significant impact – allowing people to socialise outdoors, rather than rushing from car to building. Rethinking the way we design public space, can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of citizens.” ~ Arup Associate, Hrvoje Cindric

International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait

During February’s 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait, held for the first time in the Persian Gulf region, we had the pleasure of hearing from Rudi Scheuermann.  He’s Arup’s Global Leader of the Building Envelope Design Team, Arup Fellow, and Global Façades leader.  Rudi spoke about the new downloadable Arup Report, Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments.

He gave a great overview of the Report’s research and stressed the importance of teamwork and necessity of a design paradigm shift for city planners and designers working in arid environments.

The International Green Roof Congress 2018 Kuwait was held in the very green municipal Al Shaheed Park, one of the biggest greenroofs in the world.  On the evening of the first night, we had a sumptuous dinner atop the venue on a beautiful, clear evening.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

The Trade Show, the excellent lunches, and refreshment breaks were held in a covered breezeway outdoors.

As if on cue, after rain greeted us when we arrived on the second day of the fantastic Kuwait Congress, we experienced a sandstorm!  It was a little scary but the couple-hour long event drove home the point that although our surroundings were quite sustainable in design, we were situated within a desert.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

From our hotel we can see the sandstorm approaching on the morning of February 18 as we were leaving for the 2nd day of the IGRC Kuwait 2018 Congress.

Arup Report on Arid Cities: Rethink Planning and Design

Released a couple of weeks ago, the Arup Report outlines three key recommendations to shape the next century of city building in arid regions:

  1. Learning from the past. Build upon locally adapted climate-specific design solutions.
  2. Invest in green and blue infrastructure that is designed to work with local environmental and ecological systems.
  3. Designing intelligent buildings and public spaces that can meet the needs of people in changing climates.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

“The report is structured to present best practices for sustainable design in arid environments at the scale of cities, spaces, and buildings. The best practices are presented with illustrated examples showing implementation as well as critical reflections from leading practitioners on the forefront of city making in arid regions around the world.” ~ Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid

One Third of Our Land Surface is Arid

My own Kuwait Congress presentation was entitled “Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry and Sub-Humid Regions.”  Arid and semi-arid lands, grasslands and savannahs, and Mediterranean landscapes encompass 47.39% of the global terrestrial area, and I showed some awesome and sustainably designed, climate appropriate projects.

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

In a world where almost a third of our land surface is classified as arid, the Arup Report is very timely.

The report points to examples of initiatives in arid cities that are making them more sustainable, healthier and better places to live, including:

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup: Fog is a common occurrence in Dubai and other arid Gulf cities.

Fog and dew harvesting: new technology is allowing harvesting systems and materials to be optimised to extract large amounts of water, even in arid environments with low levels of humidity. The Sustainability Pavilion at the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 will use hybrid structures that generate renewable solar energy and capture water from humidity in the air to supply a significant proportion of the pavilion’s water requirements.

Cool pavements: small changes to existing designs can make an impact. For example, a rethink of public spaces could improve the quality of lives for citizens. The City of Los Angeles has begun coating its streets with a special paint, CoolSeal, to reduce the temperature of the city. In an initial test it has been shown to reduce ambient temperatures by 6.6 degrees Celsius.

Energy efficient buildings: buildings can be designed to play an active role in reducing reliance on air conditioning and mitigating the Urban Heat Island effect. The Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi have a unique dynamic shading system – a modular ‘Mashrabiya’ that opens and closes to provide self-shading as the sun moves around the building. The system is predicted to reduce the solar energy entering the building by 20% – reducing the amount of air conditioning and energy consumption of the building. Work is also underway to develop buildings that have a cooling effect on their surroundings.

Green roofs and walls: these are not just beautiful but provide cities with greater resilience. A Xeriscape approach, using plant species selected to maximise effective shade and shelter, reducing noise, glare, dust and air pollution, can deliver highly functional areas with a microclimate suitable for people to enjoy throughout the year. Green roof designs in arid climates should aim for a larger percentage of hard surfaces and fewer green elements, reducing the need for irrigation water. The Brewbooks Cactus Garden Roof in Los Angeles is a good example of this.

Open air living: Attractive and comfortable public spaces are vital to the success of cities, significantly impacting their social and economic success. In arid regions the number of public spaces has shrunk dramatically in recent decades. Reversing this trend, the Downtown Project in Las Vegas has aimed to redevelop the city’s old centre, to promote the benefits of a more walkable neighbourhood. The project has made substantial investments in street art and installations to make walking more interesting and comfortable to encourage people to think beyond the car.” ~ Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments

Arup Report Arid Cities Need Design Paradigm Shift Remain Viable

Arup: Proposed Sustainability Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Well-researched with numerous case studies, we find project examples from around the world including the Middle East, Chile, Australia, and the U.S.  In addition to being very interesting, Cities Alive – Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments is well worth your time to review and see what many locales are doing for their own environments.

Enjoy, and we look forward to your comments!

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