Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: “Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

June 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Are you are interested in learning about the trials and tribulations of designing greenroofs with water conservation in mind?  Then you cannot miss the “Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin collaborative video from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise DesignSet in an interactive live discussion format, we hear from Andrew Clements of Oikosteges in Athens and Karla Dakin of K. Dakin Design in Denver.  They have both experimented extensively to design vegetated roofs with minimal or no supplemental irrigation in a hot, dry city like Denver or Athens.

They both conclude the possibilities exist but the challenges lay in client expectations of what an non-irrigated green roof will look like.  Together they discuss plant selection, irrigation options and how to convince clients to go dry.

Andrew Clements

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design

Athens, Greece. Nearly fifteen years ago Andrew Clements began researching bio-climatic architecture and particularly roof greening in 2000, initially for his own needs. Having purchased a 120-year old farmhouse in the mountains near Corinth, Greece, he searched to find a Greek based green roofer and was dismayed to find that there were none. Undeterred, he set about discovering how such an endeavor might be accomplished. The challenge was to create a completely Mediterranean green roof, eco-roof or living roof as it is sometimes known, developed for the building challenges and climate peculiarities of the Mediterranean.

After 6 years of R & D with the invaluable help of a small team of specialists (architects, civil engineers, geologists, meteorologists, eco-system specialists) the first Mediterranean roof greening approach was born in 2006. It was christened Oikosteges (pronounced eco – steg –gez) which is a compound of two ancient Greek words ‘Oiko’ from which the Latin ‘eco’ is sourced meaning ‘related to the home’ and ‘steges’ meaning abode, roof over your head. Oikosteges offer the only real alternative to expensive and inappropriate roof gardens for Mediterranean countries.

Oikosteges’ mission is to recreate natural, bio-diverse Mediterranean ecosystems on any and all built structures in the cities and towns of the Mediterranean and in similar climates around the world, using a number of natural approaches which are informed by such concepts as biological succession. These ecosystems require little or no maintenance and little or no irrigation once established. The ecosystems are feather lightweight so that they can be applied to virtually any built surface in this active seismic region.

Now Andrew holds two patents for Greek-appropriate green roofs. Andrew is particularly interested in water-wise, natural, ecosystem development in hot cities like Athens as well as the challenges of working in a seismic region. Landmark projects include The Greek Treasury building in Constitution Square, Athens.

In addition, the Oikosteges team established Green Roofs Greece, a not for profit organization, which currently boasts a Facebook membership of over 21,000 in order to share experiences and ideas with the worldwide networks of green roof activists, which include the EFB (The European Federation of Green Roof Associations) and WGIN (the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network).

Karla Dakin

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design

Denver, CO, USA. Growing things, building things, and relishing the chaos, entropy, and generative quality of nature – all are ideal creative means for Karla Dakin, who appreciates change in the process of art and design. Principal of K. Dakin Design Inc., Karla specializes in artful, environmentally, flexible landscape architecture with an emphasis on knowing context and what feels the most appropriate.

She has completed a diverse array of projects, over 100 residential gardens, as well as many commercial and public projects like “Sky Trapezium,” a permanent green roof installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver. In her collaboration with Lisa Lee Benjamin she designed the gardens around the Whole Foods Flagship Store in Boulder, Colorado and the 10,000 sq. ft. green roof atop the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in California.

As co-author of The Professional Design Guide to Green Roofs, 2011, Karla Dakin has lectured on green roofs at the Garden Museum in London, the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C. and the Western Landscape Symposium in Pueblo, Colorado.

Dakin combines her landscape architecture expertise—she holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver–with fifteen years of experience in the art worlds of New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Read about the Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Two Extremes in Waterwise Design

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP Publisher

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings Panel Session with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.”

A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing by Elizabeth Hart.

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview by Linda Velazquez.”

The 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”


The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week for August 21, 2015: Furbish

August 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Exclusive Feature on

Our Greenroof & Greenwall Directory Company of the Week is an exclusive benefit for companies listed in our Directory, highlighting their business to our audience of stakeholders, professionals, and decision makers:


Furbish is a living systems company that develops innovative technologies for the built environment. 

FurbishGCW-Furbish-logo designs, supplies, installs, and maintains green roofs and walls in the U.S.

With a driving passion for innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability, they provide systems that utilize nature’s processes to create synergy between the built environment and its inhabitants.

All Furbish systems are designed for easy installation with simple detailing, few components, and limited material. They offer ongoing, corrective maintenance, and restoration services for vegetated systems, including a full coverage guarantee.


For more detailed information about Furbish, please visit their company profile in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory at the Premium level.

In addition to the eNews blast to our 10,000+ opt-in subscribers, this weekly spotlight enjoys a prominent position on the Homepage for as well as posted on all our social media sites…  And, the centerpiece of this premier feature is the original video!  This exclusive video (up to about 2:00 minutes, depending on listing level) of each firm is also included inside their company profiles – see below.  For additional exposure, these videos play on various playlists in our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.


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Video & Project of the Week for August 17, 2015: 909 Walnut

August 18, 2015 at 8:00 am Project of the Week: 8/17/15


909 Walnut
Kansas City, MO, USA
16,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

Boasting twin-spires atop 35-stories, 909 Walnut is Missouri’s and the Midwest’s tallest residential building outside of Chicago. Built in 1930-31 as the Fidelity National Bank & Trust Building, the multi-award winning 909 Walnut is on the National Register of Historic Places. A historic update and makeover in the 2000s transformed the art-deco building to its original grand scale with 161 luxury condos, 90,000 square feet of commercial office space and with a 323-space attached, eight-story, gated garage. Designed by Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC), the top of the garage boasts a 16,000-square-foot award-winning rooftop garden with cabanas, trees, sod lawn, and seasonal greenery.

Envisioned as a secluded retreat for residents, JBC incorporated many green technologies to confront the inherent challenges of constructing green roof projects in the urban fabric. Special soil profiles, 6″ for lawn area and 8″ to 18″ for landscape beds, were specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of this demanding site. The site’s extensive use required considerable agronomic innovation to ensure sustainability of the landscape under heavy daily use by residents and pets. Professional testing services and consulting by Turf & Soil Diagnostics on the green roof ensured success. The roof garden captures 75% of annual rainfall for use by the plants which provides a lot of help with stormwater permitting. The 909 Walnut green roof has become an icon of Kansas City, frequently seen on banquet invitations, professional model shoots and educational sessions fueling an explosion of green roof construction in the region.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Year: 2005
Owner: Simbol Commercial Inc. and Housing Horizons, LLC
Location: Kansas City, MO, USA
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Semi-Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 16,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Stott & Associates Architects P.C.
General Contractor: The Weitz Company
Landscape Architect: Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company
Landscape, Soil, & Irrigation Contractor: H&R Lawn and Landscape
Waterproofing/Roofing Contractor: Delta Services
Waterproofing Supplier: Soprema
Green Roof Testing Services: Turf & Soil Diagnostics


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for February 23, 2015: 23-Story Atrium Living Wall

February 24, 2015 at 12:00 am Project of the Week: 2/23/15


23-Story Atrium Living Wall
New York, NY, USA
1,920 sf. Greenwall


Project Description & Details

One block from the Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan, the private client was beginning an extensive renovation of their commercial office space including a complete overhaul of their 23-story atrium lobby. Though impressive, the space was very stark and cold and they wanted to make the space more welcoming to visitors and building occupants. Gensler, the architecture firm designing the renovation, suggested literally “enlivening” the space with a large-scale living wall to provide a focal point of living artwork as the backdrop to a public seating and gathering area and the front security desk. Plant Connection installed a 32′ tall by 60′ wide interior G-O2 green wall – NYC’s largest to date (as of 2012).

The existing wall of the atrium consisted of recessed and louvered cutouts, making it problematic for attaching the living wall components. The architects devised a solution of building a freestanding wall in front of the actual atrium wall. Plant Connection’s green wall designer, Sabrina Buttitta, designed an organic tapestry of plants to balance the magnitude of the 23-story corporate atrium. The 1,920 SF living wall is home to 11,673 plants, and the plant palette was carefully chosen to meet several goals. The plants had to have similar lighting, watering, and fertilization requirements. They also needed to have enough contrast in color and texture to create the “Living Tapestry” design for the living mural. Because of its size, this living wall is comprised of 12 distinct irrigation zones with an irrigation clock, which allows for individual programming of each zone separately. In 2013, the 23-Story Atrium Living Wall project won two awards from the Plantscape Industry Alliance, the Award of Excellence and the Judge’s Choice Award for top overall project.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Year: 2012
Owner: Private
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,920 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Planting Design: Sabrina Buttitta, BSLA, Plant Connection, Inc.
Architect: Gensler
Installation: Sponzilli Landscape Group
Maintenance: Parker Plants


Project of the Week Video Feature

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

~ Linda V.