Enter the 2014 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest Now!

April 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm

The details have been finalized, and you can now enter the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest for 2014!

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You’ve got just over two weeks to enter on our Facebook page and rally your friends, family and colleagues to vote for your submission.  At noon EDT on Earth Day 2014 – April 22 – the photo entry with the most votes will win a $100 Amazon.com gift card – plus receive a lot of publicity!

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PhotoContestIcononFacebookVisit our Facebook page to see all the details, enter and vote, but this is it in a nutshell:

To get the party started, click on the Earth Day Photo Contest icon.  Now you’re on the right page!  Then, to enter, hit the Enter tab on the left; to vote, hit the Vote tab.

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We started the Contest by submitting two project examples, a greenroof: the California Academy of Sciences (the cover of our 2014 Greenroofs of the World™ Calendar, photo by Tom Fox of SWA Group) and a greenwall: Musée du quai Branly (photo by me from a visit to Paris in 2010) – and someone’s already submitted the first real project, the Empire state Building, above.

Want a little more info about the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day 2014 Photo Contest?  Here it is:

What is it?

The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!” Earth Day Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs. It’s designed to be quick, simple, and fun, and basically is a popularity contest among our international readership. Any and all types of greenroofs and greenwalls are eligible, any place on Earth.

All you have to do is submit a photo and tell your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite greenroof or living wall using hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! We’ll be keeping everyone updated on our Greenroofs.com Facebook Photo Contest page.

Each planted roof or wall needs to visually epitomize its relationship to our planet – it needs to show us how it is a living example of loving the Earth – in other words, don’t just send a close-up of pretty flowers! Show the greenroof or wall in context with its site.

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof/wall owner or the designers of record. And voting is open to everyone, too, as many times as you like but only once per day, so tell your friends to vote for your submission! Enter early so you can get people to vote often!

What do I have to do to enter the contest?

Like us on Facebook first, then just click on the “Earth Day Photo Contest” icon and follow the directions:

1) Enter your email address;

2) Upload a stunning photo of a greenroof or greenwall.

3) Enter a caption for your photo including its name and location – tell us how it is a living example of loving the Earth and worthy of being an example of forward-thinking sustainable design to let everyone know why they should vote for this particular project photo.

4) Hit Enter and you’re in. Ask your friends to vote for you and tell others to spread the word by using hashtag #earthdayphotocontest in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

How do people vote?

Visit the Photo Gallery on the “Earth Day Photo Contest” Vote tab on Facebook and click the photo you want to vote for. You can vote once per day!

How do I win?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The winner will have “their” project highlighted on Greenroofs.com as an upcoming Greenroof or Greenwall Project of the Week, and we’ll feature you in a Sky Gardens Blog interview so you can really tell us more about this living roof or wall and why you love it so much.

And, as a humble token of our esteem, the winner will also receive a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card.

Click here to see the Official Rules.

Enjoy and participate!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof or Wall!

~ Linda V.

Enter the 2012 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest Now!

April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

In appreciation and celebration of the Earth’s natural environment, 2012 will be the 42nd year of recognizing April 22 as Earth Day.

And, now in our 3rd year, Greenroofs.com will be doing our small part to promote the greening of our planet and encourage the sustainable design of earth-friendly living architecture by once again sponsoring our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest in celebration of Earth Day 2012.

In 2010 the beautiful corporate offices of ESRI Canada’s Garden in the Sky won, above, and last year the sinuous residential/multi-use hi-rise Aqua, below, took home the prize with the most votes cast.

What is it?

A fun photo contest!  The mission of the “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest is to create interest in all kinds, styles, and sizes of beautiful living architecture and highlight some outstanding designs. It’s designed to be quick and simple, and basically is a popularity contest among our international readership.  Any and all types of greenroofs are eligible, any place on Earth.

All you have to do is submit a photo and tell your friends and colleagues vote for your favorite greenroof!  We’ll be keeping everyone updated on the number of votes for each project on our Facebook page.

Each planted roof needs to visually epitomize its relationship to our planet – it needs to show us that it’s a living example of loving the Earth – in other words, don’t just send a close-up of pretty flowers!  Show the greenroof in context with its site.

The contest is open to everyone, not just the roof owner or the designers of record. And voting is open to everyone, too, as many times as you like but only once per day, so tell your friends to vote for your submission.

Yes, it has to be a gorgeous photo of a spectacular greenroof, but remember that this is a popularity contest, too!

What do I have to do to enter the contest or vote?

Like us on Facebook first, then just click on the “Submit an entry” tab and follow the directions:  Tell us how it is a living example of loving the Earth and worthy of being an example of forward-thinking sustainable design in the caption field of the submittal form to let everyone know why they should vote for this particular project photo.  Upload your photo, then let your friends in on the action!  Enter early so you can get people to vote often!

To vote, click on the “View entries” tab where you can cast your daily ballot.

It does not have to be “your” project – just make sure to follow the photo submissions rules.

What do I get if “my” project wins?

The photo with the most votes will be announced as the winner.  The winner will have “their” project highlighted on Greenroofs.com as an upcoming Greenroof Project of the Week, and we’ll feature you in a Sky Gardens Blog interview so you can really tell us more about this living roof and why you love it so much.

And, as a humble token of our esteem, the winner will also receive $100.

How It Works

–  Enter by 12:00 PM Eastern time, April 21, 2012
–  Vote from 11:59 PM, April 3 until 11:59 PM, April 21, 2012
–  Winner selection is Sunday, April 22, 2012 – Earth Day!

Read all about it, including the always popular Official Rules, and submit an entry now!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!  (So take a photo of it, too, and send it in!)

~ Linda V.

GPW: Aqua

May 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 5/9/11
Aqua

Chicago, IL, USA
80,000 sf. Greenroof

Year: 2009
Owner:
Aqua at Lakeshore East, LLC
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Intensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 80,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Private
Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Project Description & Details

Designed to comply with LEED certification, Aqua is a mixed-use residential skyscraper overlooking Harbor Park, the center of the Lakeshore East development on the shores of Lake Michigan, and is setting new heights for innovation and beauty among Chicago skyscrapers.  Each floor of the 82-story tower has an architectonic facade of sensuously swerving white concrete balconies jumping out from amongst its stolid brethren.  Each floor plate is uniquely different, designed to remind viewers of the limestone outcroppings along the Great Lakes.

The 80,000 sf intensive Greenroof-Roofscapes ® System roof garden by Barrett Company capping Aqua’s three-story podium roof provides a naturalistic, eco-friendly landscape that reduces the building’s interior temperature and cooling energy requirements in the summer significantly and reduces winter heat loss.  The swirling garden with paths reminiscent of Robert Burle-Marxe includes native and non-native vegetation of evergreen trees, shrubbery, grasses, deciduous trees, sedum and various annuals of great color and diversity, watered by an efficient drip irrigation system.  Challenges addressed in creating and sustaining Aqua’s rooftop garden included weight limitations and water filtration.  Because of occupied areas below, an International Leak Detection (ILD) system was installed to protect against membrane damage as well as other electric field leakage problems.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record

Developer and Executive Architect: Todd Wendell, P.M., Loewenberg & Associates
Waterproofing/Greenroof-Roofscapes ® System: Tim Barrett, President, Barrett Co.
Design Architect: Jeanne Gang, AIA, Principal, The Studio Gang
Landscape Architect: Ted Wolff, Wolff Landscape Architecture
Waterproofing Applicator Contractor: Mark Caruso, P.M., Kedmont Waterproofing
Construction Contractor, Sr. Project Manager: Randy Bullard, James McHugh Construction Co.
Landscape Contractor: Patricia Sund, Executive VP, Countryside Industries, Inc.
Electric Field Vector Mapping (EFVM ®): International Leak Detection (ILD)


Architect Jeanne Gang’s Aqua Tower rises distinctively amongst its modernist Chicago neighbors, and Aqua’s roof deck presents an unparalleled combination of amenities along with its extraordinary topography.  Already considered Chicago’s newest architectural landmark, equally imposing is an amenities package, known as The Shore Club, which is comparable to a world-class resort.  It includes the distinctive 80,000 sf living roof deck – the largest in the city –  with its luxury gardens, gazebos, pools and cabañas, hot tub, running track, fire pit and grills.  Indoors, a 35,000 sf amenity floor provides fitness facilities, an indoor lap pool, a spa featuring a hot tub, sauna, steam and massage room, a basketball court, private club suites with catering kitchens, media room, billiards and game area, business center with conference room, skygarden lounge and concierge services.

Here’s a cool photo of the Aqua greenroof under construction from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and below it a plan view from Studio Gang Architects, via Metropolis Magazine:

“Gang extruded the floor slabs to enhance views of key sites in the area and analyzed the building’s seasonal sun exposure to optimize their shading potential, then softened the curves for aesthetic effect.”

1: Lake Michigan 0.3 mi; 2: Navy Pier 0.5 mi; 3: Lakeshore East Park 0.1 mi; 4: North Shoreline 1.0 mi; 5: BP Bridge 0.2 mi; 6: Cloud Gate 0.2 mi. ~ Metropolis Magazine

As you probably know by now,  Aqua recently won our “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof! Earth Day Photo Contest” submitted by Linda Smith of Barrett Company, garnishing the most votes in our annual popularity contest for favorite pictures chosen by our readers  of outstanding living roofs on Facebook through the end of April.   Aqua represents a vegetated roof project whose design and function clearly illustrates the concept of “Loving the Earth” through its sustainable design.  Granted, the luxury $4 billion development is not economically viable or sustainable for everyone, though!  But don’t get me wrong – it’s awesome to see healthy environmental design incorporated into high end properties.

“At 82 stories and over 1.9 million sf, Aqua Tower is one of few high-rises in the world that creates a community on its façade.  With a hotel, apartments, condominiums, parking, offices, and one of Chicago’s largest green roofs, this multi-use tower demonstrates both architectural and technical achievements.  Its outdoor terraces””which differ in shape from floor to floor based on criteria such as views, solar shading and dwelling size/type””create a strong connection to the outdoors and the city, as well as form the tower’s distinctive undulating appearance.” ~  Studio Gang Architects

Some of Aqua’s real awards include 2010 International Highrise Award Finalist, Deutsches Architekturmuseum; 2009 Skyscraper of the Year, Emporis; 2009 Annual Design Review Honorable Mention, Architect Magazine; 2009 “Proggy” Award, PETA; and the 2008 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design.

Aqua has a large selection of vegetation on the podium greenroof – here’s the Aqua’s entire site Plant List:

Fort McNair Horsechestnut;
Kentucky Coffeetree;
Austrian Pine;
Crimson Pygmy Barberry;
Dwarf Golden Barberry;
Green Velvet Boxwood;
Wintergreen Boxwood;
Cranberry Cotoneaster;
Sea Green Juniper;
Blue Rug Juniper;
Andorra Juniper;
Japanese Kerria;
Gro-low Sumac;
Green Mound Alpine Currant;
Pink Knockout Rose;
Anthony Waterer Spirea;
Goldflame Spirea;
Little Princess Spirea;
Miss Kim Lilac;
Dense Yew;
Hicks Yew;
Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass;
Purple Maiden Grass;
Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass;
Japanese Blood Grass;

Daylily Mix –  Includes a mix of the following:
Happy Returns Daylily
Summer Wine Daylily
Stella de Oro Daylily;
Palace Purple Coralbells;
Variegated Sweet Iris;
Munstead Lavender;
Lilyturf;
Catmint;
Russian Sage;
Viette’s Little Suzy Black-eyed Susan;
Goldsturm Black-eyed Susan;
Autumn Joy Sedum.

Aqua is reportedly the world’s tallest building designed by a woman-owned firm (at least in 2009) – make sure to read the article by Blair Kamin in the Chicago Tribune here, where you can see his YouTube video of the site under construction – photo below:

Also, you can see a more recent video and read more about the Aqua in the June 29, 2010 “Finding Home – the hidden neighborhood of Lakeshore East” blog post by Rochelle Vayo Adkinson in Chicago Now here, photo below.

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!  Click  here to see more information about this project in  The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.  See how you can submit yours  here.

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

 

The Winner of our 2011 “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest Is…

April 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Photo submissions and voting stopped yesterday for Greenroofs.com‘s second annual “Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!” Earth Day Photo Contest and with a total of 71 votes, the winner is:

Aqua in Chicago, Illinois, USA!

“The Aqua, Chicago, Illinois, USA taken by Tim Barrett, Barrett Company, Millington, NJ” ~ Linda Smith

Well, it’s not the most descriptive entry by a long shot, but it sure makes up for it visually.  Congratulations to Linda Smith from Barrett Company who submitted this lovely project!  One of the tallest buildings in Chicago, the Aqua is a $4 billion development with an 80,000 sf intensive greenroof.  The 82-story mixed-use residential skyscraper is located in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago designed in the Modern architectural style.  The beautiful terrace gardens comes complete with gazebos, pools, hot tubs, a walking/running track and even a fire pit.

Linda will receive a check for $100 and we’ll be highlighting it soon as our GPW, or Greenroof Project of the Week.  I want to get more shots of this stunning recreational greenroof and project info to share with you first.

The Aqua was neck and neck with Cultivated Abundance, another beautiful and sensitive project in New York City, below.  But yesterday, Friday, the voting really got furious and it’s obvious the Aqua fans made the difference into the evening hours.

Cultivated Abundance was submitted by Jennifer Nitzky from Mark K Morrison Landscape Architecture PC and came in second place, receiving a total of 59 votes.  I have to say that Jennifer’s write up is certainly the best – remember I wanted everyone to tell us why they felt their project was worthy of being an example of loving the Earth?  Read her entry below:

“Cultivated Abundance, a 2,000 SF intensive/extensive green roof with commanding views of New York Harbor is located on the penthouse of The Visionaire, a LEED Platinum residential high rise in Battery Park City. This dynamic intensive/extensive green roof in New York City sets a new precedent for cultivated abundance while incorporating such sustainable initiatives as recycling gray water for irrigation and retaining 95% of storm water on site. The vision and collaborative efforts of the landscape architect and client resulted in a residential landscape which celebrates bio-diversity, environmental responsibility and provides an urban farming component worthy of educational dialogue for urbanites looking to produce their own food with over 160 different species of plants. (photo credit: Mark K Morrison, RLA, FASLA, GRP)”

This year, we organized our Photo Contest a bit differently from last and utilized Facebook – each person could vote multiple times for their favorite, but just one time per day.  In 2010 we had a total of 1,500 votes for readers’ favorites, compared to this year’s 212 votes.  This really lowered the overall number of votes per project, but we felt it would provide a fairer approach than simply voting a ton of times a day for your favorite.  In any case, it’s still a popularity contest!

It’s been fun for me to read all 161 of the comments from everyone on Facebook – most are short and sweet, which is a great way to get the point across quickly.  You can still do that, too, if you’re interested, and see who voted for whom by clicking on each photo.

There were a lot of cool projects from which to choose, from small to large, single family residential to huge institutional.  I’d like to include each of these in our Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database so that we can all learn more about them and see more photos, too.  See everyone’s submissions and their total vote counts here.

As Earth Month comes to a close for 2011, I hope we all continue honoring our planet with thoughtful decisions, living roofs and walls, and more forward-thinking sustainable design.

Happy greening!

~ Linda V.