Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

June 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

The World Wide Web. – June 29, 2017 – Now in our eleventh year, Greenroofs.com Publisher Linda Velazquez announces the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”

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Amidst growing media interest and in our climate-changing world where it is more essential than ever to design with nature, Greenroofs.com has been bringing the latest projects in chic sustainability to the living architecture community since 2007.

As usual to be expected from the annual Top 10 Hot List, decisively outstanding, inspirational, and magnificent avant-garde structures and designers are underscored by exceptional green building envelope vegetation. And 2017 marks the first time Linda Velazquez has gone solo curating the yearly Top 10 compilation since previous collaborator Design Editor Haven Kiers stepped down due to a heavy professional schedule.

Linda recently inaugurated the “2017 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” in Berlin last week at the highly successful WGIN, FBB and EFB World Green Infrastructure Congress 2017, which enjoyed over 800 registrants.  If you missed attending her fun and fast-paced presentation in Germany, join Linda and fellow colleagues this September in Seattle for the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Cities Alive 2017.

Projects from Across 6 Continents

For 2017, projects were compiled from across every continent except Antarctica – but should anyone ever propose or attempt to build a greenroof or greenwall in this snowy and icy domain, Linda will certainly add it to an upcoming List!  And since 2017 is barely half through, Greenroofs.com will keep an eye out for additional projects to be potentially added and delivered in Seattle.

2017 Greenroofs.com “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

9) Greening Remote Residences

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

Holistic approaches take center stage through integrating vegetation and using technologies to encourage energy efficient and environmentally friendly building envelopes.  Some of the projects include:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls

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Photo: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

A Greenroofs.com perennial favorite category for those projects which are just too unique, the Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls category includes: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles – May the (Green) Force Be with You: Showcasing the life work of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, the $1 billion museum resembles a sinuous space ship, with undulating ribbons of plant life set on a sprawling, lush 6 – 7 acre greenroof park set atop underground parking. The Vancouver Public Library in B.C., Canada: Opening the “Garden in the Sky” to the Public. The renovation of the iconic 1995 Central Library by Cornelia Oberlander and Moshe Safdie (and others) will include a new public roof garden at grade with the existing maples.

9) Greening Remote Residences

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Villa 3 Marias. Photos: Paisajismo Urbano, SMA.

The Villa 3 Marias in Morelia, Mexico overlooks hills and the Guayangareo Valley. Its 13 separate lush hydroponic greenwalls are located inside and out with a total of 11,000 plants, 35 species and 15 varieties. Villa Ypsilon in Greece is an accessible Y shaped greenroof which becomes an extension of olive grove landscape since the height of house is limited to tip of the olive trees, offering panoramic view to the mountains, bay of Schiza, and the island of Sapientza.

8) Innovative Uses for Spacious Green Civic Spaces

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Skyline Plaza Frankfurt. Photo: Optigrün international.

The mega mall Skyline Plaza Frankfurt in Germany has a 2.7-acre Skyline Garden rooftop garden with a huge network of paths, lawns, and playgrounds open to the public. Seoullo in Seoul, South Korea is a former 1970s inner city highway transformed in to a 983m-long public park. Fifty types of plants are displayed in 645 tree pots with 228 species and sub-species.

7) Buildings Gone Wild (in a Green Cultivated Way)

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Greendo. Photo: Keita Nagata Architectural Element.

Greendo in Takamatsu, Japan are five residences sandwiched between two roads in the mountainous terrain. Greened terraces form roofs of the homes below where children play and gardens aare grown. Cidade Matarazzo’s Rosewood Tower in São Paulo, Brazil will transform a former historic maternity ward into a 100m tall building to be “oasis at the heart” of the city. Native vegetation will populate the ‘landscape building’ with flowers, plants & trees protruding through and above the structure’s latticed steel façade.

6) Bringing the Outdoors In: Surrounded by Nature

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The Spheres: Amazon HQ. Photo: NBBJ.

Why build a boring office park, when you can create living architecture with three giant biospheres? NBBJ is working with Amazon to revitalize three city blocks of Seattle’s Denny Regrade neighborhood, and the centerpiece of the new Amazon headquarters will be the spheres: a multi-story, glass-enclosed workplace containing tens of thousands of plants and trees from around the world.  Patrick Blanc’s Rainforest Chandelier in Bangkok is the longest free hanging structure in the world totally covered by plants at 103 m long. Built for the luxury EmQuartier shopping mall renovation, the Spiral blade chandelier is suspended on stainless steel cables and planted with Ferns, Anthurium, Hoya, Cissus sicyoides, and many more from the French botanist.

5) Living Green Hotel Façades: Hanging Gardens in the City

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Oasia Hotel. Photo: © K. Kopter.

In Singapore, WOHA’s stunning red aluminum mesh cladded Oasia Hotel in the CBD: Conceived as a living green tower at 190.15 meters with four sky terraces and the sky garden above, it integrates 21 species of creepers, plants and flowers. The “landscaping is used extensively as an architectural surface treatment.”  The Atlas Hotel in Vietnam drips with vegetation: Vo Trong Nghia architects incorporated drapes of greenery to the 5-story balconies with plants overhanging each side of the building to reconnect guests with nature. The sheltered network of inter-connected courtyards is immersed in trailing plants, too.

4) Cascading Terraced Gardens Are All the Rage

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Google London HQ. Photo: Google.

Google’s London HQ is a £1 billion “Landscraper” to be as long as it’s tall and will bring all Googlers into one campus of 11 stories with 300-meter long rooftop gardens to be stepped just like the building. The garden’s many zones include a “pause area” filled with wildflowers & woodland plants, a cafe, and 200m running trail. The design of Beirut Terraces in Lebanon are influenced by layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history. And the 119 m-tall highrise of staggered plates are large planted overhangs whose lush vegetation offers privacy screens, creates cooler micro climates, and frames views.

3) Dazzling Starchitect-designed Luxury Condos in Miami

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Monad Terrace. Graphic: Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Highlighted here in this trend for the wealthy are the spectacular Monad Terrace by Jean Nouvel in Miami Beach; One River Point Towers by Rafael Viñoly on the Miami River; and the Grove at Grand Bay by Bjarke Ingels of BIG.

2) Leadership Designer Spotlight: SWA Group – landscape architecture, urban design & planning

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Shanghai Tower. Photo: Connie Zhou via My Modern Met.

Known for the firm’s iconic work on projects such as the Library of Congress Packard Campus and the California Academy of Sciences, some of SWA’s spectacular “Public Realm” overstructure greenroofs are highlighted including the Burj Khalifa Tower Park in Dubai, UAE influenced by traditional Islamic patterns – currently the #1 tallest building in the world; and the Shanghai Tower in China spiraling high with nine vertical zones and Sky Garden Terraces at every 22nd floor, and the #2 tallest building in the world.

1) Fantastic & Fantastical Designs to Enrich the Planet

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Mashambas Skyscraper. Photo: © Pawel Lipi?ski / Mateusz Frankowski.

The Mashambas Skyscraper for Swahili, Africa is the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winner, a mobile educational center to introduce a green revolution providing education, seeds, and fertilizer. The scalable skyscraper is conceived to reduce hunger in sub-Saharan where over 40% live in absolute poverty. Once a community becomes self-sufficient it moves on.And to wrap up the Greenroofs.com 2017 Top 10 Hot List, ‘Tour & Taxis’ is a mixed-use 135,000 sqm eco-neighborhood in central Brussels: Architect Vincent Callebaut proposes the concept of greening the site of the former customs clearing and storage complex and maritime terminal with vertical forests to build villas in the sky surrounded by roof gardens and creating public parks inside the office, retail, and public buildings. Of course, the Energy-Plus Masterplan Metamorphosis of the Gare Maritime is all covered in green and renewable energies.

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Tour & Taxis. Graphic: Vincent Callebaut Architectures.

 

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Inaugural Green Wall Industry Survey Report from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities by Kara Orr

October 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Over 600,000 square feet of green walls were installed across North America in 2015.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is pleased to announce the results of the first-ever annual Green Wall Industry Survey.  In 2015, more than 600,000 square feet of green walls were installed across North America.

The annual Green Wall Industry Survey collected a variety of data on North American green wall installations, including size, location, wall structure, type of green wall system, and whether or not the installation qualified for LEED credits.  The report is available, at no cost, at greenroofs.org.

“We are very pleased with the leadership in the green wall industry which has enabled us to compile this market research. As the sector continues to grow we look forward to even better data in the years to come,” said Steven W. Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “We look forward to learning the latest in green wall research and technology at CitiesAlive: 14th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Washington, DC from November 1-4, 2016.”

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2014 CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence, Exterior Green Wall Award, The Shoppes at Kingsbury Square, Chicago, IL; greenfacade® System; Award Winner: Wolff Landscape Architecture.

Green wall installations are taking place in almost every US state, with some preference for the coastal states.  California is leading in green wall installations, with New York and Florida following in second and third place respectively.  A major selling point of green wall installations is their eligibility for USGBC LEED credits for a project.  Additionally, financial, social and environmental benefits such as improved property value, health and well-being, and reduced energy use can be attributed to green wall installations.

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2014 CitiesAlive Awards of Excellence, Exterior Green Wall Award, The Shoppes at Kingsbury Square, Chicago, IL; greenfacade® System; Award Winner: Wolff Landscape Architecture.

The green wall industry represents a growing and developing market sector which requires policy support and conclusive data to support growth and development.  This inaugural report will serve as a baseline measure for subsequent reports.

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“We are so proud to have laid the groundwork to be able to provide our members with valuable information about the growth and trends of the green wall industry in North America” said Melissa Daniels, CNLP, Vice President & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc. and co-chair of the GRHC Green Wall Technical Committee.

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Programming Available Only at CitiesAlive

Green Walls & Water Management: Stormwater Management & Potable Water Use Best Practices
November 2 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm:

Water scarcity in many parts of the country, and proposed changes to LEED credits, are among the factors that threaten the long-term success of green walls. Experts in the industry weigh in how to overcome these barriers by designing and maintaining for maximum resilience, using green walls for stormwater management, using non-traditional sources of water, minimizing potable water use, ensuring that the benefits of green walls are clearly articulated, and more.

Chaired by Warren Gorowitz, Vice President of Sustainability, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply, learn from green wall experts:
Dr. Alan Darlington, Founder & Owner, Nedlaw Living Walls
Hal Thorne, Chairman & CEO, GSky Plant Systems Inc.
Melissa Daniels, CNLP, VP & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc.

Green Stormwater Management Case Studies from Around the World
November 2 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:

Designing for Biodiversity Green Roofs in Europe
Kamilla Aggerlund, Landscape Architect MDL, Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen
Addressing a trend in Denmark, a strong wish among the public to add nature and biodiversity into cities, referred to as ‘city nature’. The role of green roofs and walls in this trend is presented along with the evolution of products for this market such as wild habitat plantings.

Using Green Wall Evapotranspiration to Manage Storm Discharge: An Example in San Juan, Puerto Rico
David L Aponte Dones, MSCE, GRP, Environmental Engineer, Office of Landscape Architecture
This presentation explores The Banco Popular Foundation building in San Juan Puerto Rico, where two green walls with a combined area of 3,200 sq. ft. manage more than 5,000 gallons of harvested water daily.

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Linda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Publisher & Design Consultant, Greenroofs.com
Haven Kiers, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP, Design Editor, Greenroofs.com
Enjoy a special 10th Anniversary Edition of Greenroofs.com’s popular Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design series with the theme of What’s old (or classic) is new again!

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Designing Stormwater Runoff Minimizing Green Walls
November 3 – 10:45 am – 12:45 pm:

Water, Indoor Plant Walls and Building Performance
Dr. Alan Darlington, Founder & Owner, Nedlaw Living Walls
Dr. Darlington will discuss, with good design, living walls can replace key air handling components, and can use non-traditional water sources like stormwater or HVAC condensate to further sustainability goals.

Living Alternatives to Concrete Retaining Walls
Mark Woolbright, Filtrexx Living Wall Division Manager, Filtrexx International
This session will teach us how living walls can provide structural reinforcement, aesthetic diversity, temperature moderation, green space, and habitat.

Green Walls and Hanging Gardens
Matthew T. Berrelli, P.E., Eastern US Sales Engineering Manager, Ronstan Tensile Architecture
Using case studies of actual projects, this presentation will identify common barriers to green façade projects, like cost, maintenance, and various misconceptions and objections by clients, builders, and the designers themselves.

LED Lighting for Green Walls
Nathan Weipert, Sales Engineer, Sunlite Science & Technology
LED fixtures are the latest trend and Nathan will discuss how white light is produced from LED fixtures and how the spectrum emitted can affect the plant’s growth.

Training: Green Walls 101: System Overview and Design
November 1st – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: $175 members / $199 non-members:

This course discusses design and construction best practices for green facades and living walls, including maintenance and irrigation requirements. Discover the latest research findings on the environmental benefits of these technologies. Registration includes a 95-page course manual.

Earn 3.5 Continuing Education/Professional Development Hours from LA CES, AIA CES, USGBC/GBCI, APLD, and NALP/CNLA.

Instructor: Melissa Daniels, CNLP, VP & Horticultural Specialist, Plant Connection, Inc.

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Register for CitiesAlive here.

Kara Orr, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America. Contact her to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

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 Kara at: 416-971-4494 x226.

Watch Greenroofs.com’s 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design!

February 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Now that 2015 has come to a close and the fall conferences are over, we’d like to share our 2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint as a video on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

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Haven Kiers, our Design Editor, and I presented it last year at CitiesAlive in fabulous New York City and I flew solo with the presentation in gorgeous, lush Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference.

2015 was our ninth year of compiling our dynamic Top 10 List, and you know we systematically search the globe high and low to highlight exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Sometimes part newsworthy, spectacular, even fantastical, these forward-thinking designs and designers offer unforgettable projects that need to be celebrated.

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompassed trends from across the globe that had been building momentum for the past few years in our design profession, such as:

Beekeeping on the roof:

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Brooklyn Grange Farm #2; Image: ©Anastasia Cole Plakias/Brooklyn Grange

And mega projects designed to increase the health and well-being of their occupants:

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Connecta Office Park; Image: Groncol

As usual, we start out with a couple of projects that for some reason or another just couldn’t quite make it in our Top 10 List…and then we go on to the real thing!

We always have a great time sharing our annual list of trending categories and far-flung projects from across the world, and we hope you enjoy it here:

I hope to see many of you in person at a physical conference this year where Haven and I will be presenting our 2016 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  And if not, I hope we’ll connect online and via social media for our upcoming Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2017 in about a year from now.

Until then, see you soon, and remember to:

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

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

CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference 2016 Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

February 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

It’s time to get your creative juices rolling for the 2016 CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference!

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is seeking presentation proposals for its 14th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference to be held in Washington, DC on November 1-4, 2016.  This year’s conference theme is stormwater management – policies, technologies, design and best management practices.

As you know, Washington, DC is currently a leader in green roof implementation and policy and stormwater management is a critically important requirement here as well as many other jurisdictions.

Topic areas include:

  • How to maximize stormwater retention – technologies and design;
  • Policy best management practices – “feebates”, grant programs, credits, minimum standards, construction standards, maintenance standards;
  • Green roofs and walls as part of an integrated building & site approach to stormwater management – case studies;
  • The economics (costs + benefits) of various best management practices for stormwater retention – comparing apples to apples – short and medium term perspectives;
  • Looking beyond stormwater to other tangible benefits and the role of private investment;
  • Design and testing methods and measurement tools;
  • Stormwater economics – flooding, erosion control, tanks;
  • Stormwater as a resource – rainwater harvesting best practices, storage and irrigation systems. ~ CitiesAlive 2016

Please complete your submission online by February 26, 2016.

Read about the Application Process; Research, Design, and Policy Tracks; Benefits of presenting at CitiesAlive; Detailed Speaker Timeline, and much more here.

Haven Kiers and I will be submitting ours soon (probably at the last minute, as usual) for our 2016 Top 10 Lit of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design ~ make sure you don’t miss the deadline for yours!

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