Watch “Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the “Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” with Michael Franco, Senior Designer at Town and Gardens Ltd. (T&G); Brendan Shea, Project Manager for Recover Green Roofs; Emily Shelton, former Horticulturalist at the Chicago Botanic Garden; and Keith Tufts, Principal and Senior Environmental Architect with Lydon Lynch Architects Ltd.  Join these four Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2012 Award of Excellence winners as they share the trials and tribulations of their greenroof living architecture projects.

Award Winners Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts

Here’s more:

Michael Franco, The Royal York Condominium, New York, NY, USA: Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NY, the inner courtyard at The Royal York Condominium covers approximately 15,000 square feet and occupies a two-level roof and ground level garden space between three residential buildings. Redevelopment created the exciting opportunity to expand the visual impact and usability of the space for residents. Following major waterproofing leaks into the parking garages below, the building embarked upon a complete renovation of the roof membrane along with repairs to the brick walls.

Brendan Shea, The Ledge, Dorchester, MA, USA: As Project Manager for Recover Green Roofs, Brendan tells the story of how built in 2010, The Ledge restaurant’s 4,500 sf ‘food roof’ maximizes the use of local materials, water efficient irrigation technologies, and organic farming practices to serve the freshest food to customers below. Planter beds were built from local, sustainably harvested, black locust wood – a natural rot-proof wood that requires no chemical treatment and is sourced from a local mill in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Rooflite brand soil was sourced from Read Custom Soils, located just 20 miles south of Boston. A recycled rubber mulch was used in vegetation free zones around beds to protect the membrane and slow runoff. The project has been a success from the start, but has improved each year with improvements in irrigation operation, compost enhancement, and communication with restaurant staff.

Emily Shelton, Daniel F and Ada L Rice Plant Conservation Science Center’s Green Roof Garden, Chicago, IL, USA: The [former] horticulturist for the Research and Evaluation Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Emily’s presentation will chronicle the design and installation process concentrating on plant palette and how they incorporated the evaluation program.

Keith Tufts, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax, Canada: The Principal and Senior Environmental Architect with Lydon Lynch Architects Ltd. led the design of the multi-award winning market, a LEED® Platinum designed ecological showcase on the Halifax, Nova Scotia waterfront. Using 70% less energy and 70% less water than a “green’ R2000 building, the new market is one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in North America and a world-class example of healthy, sustainable living. The Seaport Farmers’ Market project has been published nationally and internationally in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Canadian Architect, Architectural Leaders Today and Architectural Record’s sister publication Green Source. It has also been featured in Dalhousie and Halifax Magazine. ~ VS2013   

Watch the “Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned” Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

Watch “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

First of all, Happy New Year 2015!

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com’s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air the Collaborative Video “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.  The current importance of urban agriculture is evidenced by the numerous food farms currently operating at many different scales and many different parts of the world.  We visit just 5 innovative approaches to growing local produce on horizontal and vertical spaces on rooftops and on the interior from Canada and the United States.

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Watch Mohamed Hage, the founder of Lufa Farms in Montreal; Helen Cameron, co-owner of Uncommon Ground in Chicago; Ben Flanner, head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City; George Irwin, the founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International in Rochester; and Alan Joaquin, the founder of FarmRoof in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.

Here’s more:

Mohamed Hage: The founder of Lufa Farms tells how his 31K-square foot greenhouse, opened in 2011, is bringing fresh vegetables year round to families in Montreal. Antiquated zoning regulations and building codes, rather than agriculture, were the most challenging hurdles before he could get his business “off the ground.” Hage believes that rooftop farms will change the fresh-food dynamic and vastly improve the way city-dwellers eat.

Helen Cameron: The co-owner of Uncommon Ground shares how the multiple-award winning restaurants in Chicago have been operating for 21 years as community-based, committed to supporting local farmers and purchasing as locally and sustainably as possible. Helen shares their mission of giving guests a high quality dining experience at a relatively affordable price, all while educating guests on the importance of a thriving, healthy local food system.

Ben Flanner: The head farmer, CEO, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, based in New York City, will take the audience on an overview of Brooklyn Grange. Ben will describe the green roof systems that the farm uses, soil media, the ins and outs of farming on a roof, sales and distribution, NYC’s first commercial honey producing apiary, and Brooklyn Grange’s other entrepreneurial activities.

George Irwin: The founder and CEO of Green Living Technologies International (GLTi) describes a scalable vertical farm that utilizes buildings, factories or otherwise unused spaces refurbishing them to grow quality produce. Utilizing the GLTi “A” Frame configuration, The Food Factory is dedicated to providing local jobs and is an educational, research and development facility as well as a place for community members to congregate. The concept of urban farms is not new, however the Food Factory is a year round vertical farm that uses high quality compost vs. hydroponic growing, with the prototype in Rochester.

Alan Joaquin: Based in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu, FarmRoof was founded by Alan Joaquin in 2008. With a focus on innovation, our company has invested heavily in research and development. The FarmRoof® system has been refined both on rooftops throughout Hawaii and at ground level on our mountainside farm. Our proprietary technology promises to forever change both the local food system and the urban landscape. We are deeply committed to cultivating a sustainable future for Hawaii and beyond. Protecting our planet’s natural resources and ensuring food security is critical to maintaining our cultural, social, and economic health. We are honored to be a part of positive global change. Our video will highlight the journey of this exciting new company, provide a glimpse of where we came from and where we are headed, and give an overview of the key management decisions that were made along the way.” ~ VS2013

Watch “Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production” with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

GRHC Call for Presentation and Training Proposals: Grey to Green Due February 2, 2015

December 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has issued its Grey to Green 2015 – Food and Resilience – Call for Presentation and Training Proposals.

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Read on from GRHC:

“It will be three years since the Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto and many new developments in the field have taken place across North America and around the world. On June 1-2, 2015, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be hosting Grey to Green in Toronto – with a focus on food and resilience. We invite you and your organization to become involved by:

Submitting a presentation proposal on the latest best practice/innovation in design, technology, policy, and research. Deadline is February 2, 2015.

  1. Propose a special skills / training workshop in this field, from beekeeping to SPIN gardening. Deadline is February 2, 2015.
  2. Sponsor the event and help us make it an outstanding opportunity for learning, networking and development.”

 In the future, our city-regions will need to embrace all forms of living green infrastructure to help combat the negative effects of climate change. Much of this should be designed to support multiple forms and scales of food production in an integrated system that utilizes numerous energy and nutrient streams and abundant labour.

Please join us June 1-2, 2015 to celebrate and share our successes in this emerging sector and plan for future growth. Go to www.greytogreenconference.org for more details and to submit presentation and training proposals.  Thank you for your interest and support!  ~ Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, Founder and President Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Click here for the Grey to Green 2015 Call for Proposals in PDF.

Happy writing,

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for August 25, 2014: Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof

August 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 8/25/14

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Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof
Toronto, Canada
36,760 sf. Greenroof

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Project Description & Details

The multi-award winning Nathan Phillips Square (NPS) is Toronto’s premier public space and civic gathering place, a leading tourist attraction for the city, and a national and provincial landmark. The design competition to revitalize NPS was won by the design team of PLANT Architect, Perkins+Will Shore Tilbe Architects and Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture in part based on providing a publicly accessible green roof on the podium roof. The new 2.7-acre upper-level urban plaza garden is now a vibrant, active space and Canada’s largest accessible living roof.

From the start the Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof was designed to be grown and installed in a modular system. Grown at the LiveRoof Ontario nursery, it employs a combination of 6″ deep LiveRoof® Deep System Modules and 4″ deep LiveRoof® Standard Modules. Twenty-two different plant blends include grasses, sedums and perennials in a kaleidoscope of colors. The design consists of three formal conditions: a sedum mosaic, a paved courtyard that frames the curved chamber and a deck cafe that occupies the prow. The perimeter garden is treated as a field in purple, pink, yellow/orange and green sedums. Installed by general contractor Flynn Canada Ltd., new landscaped gardens, courtyards, terraces, furniture and walkways provide unique views of downtown from this urban oasis in the heart of the city. Every year, over 1.5 million visitors attend a variety of community and special events hosted here.

Year: 2009
Owner: City of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
Size: 36,760 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenroof Design: PLANT Architect Inc. & Perkins+Will Shore Tilbe Irwin Architects w/ Adrian Blackwell, Urban Projects
LiveRoof Distributor & Grower: Kees Govers, BSc (Agr), LiveRoof Ontario Inc.
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof
Landscape Architect: Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
Waterproofing: CCW by Carlisle
Drainage: Miradrain by Carlisle
Soils Consultant: Urban Trees + Soil
Heritage Consultant: Blanche Lemko van Ginkel
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Bowick Engineering
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Crossey Engineering Ltd.

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New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Nathan Phillips Square Toronto City Hall Podium Green Roof Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.