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:

https://youtu.be/l0OTjQRYlKI

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

Greenroofs.com Announces the “2015 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 28, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Our Design Editor Haven Kiers and I recently inaugurated our yearly “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design” at CitiesAlive 2015 in Brooklyn, and it was awesome!  We had a wonderful turn out, and as usual, we had a great time sharing our vision of trending projects and designers.

Now Aramis and I are off to Singapore next week where I’ll present it solo at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) 2015 on November 5-7.  The ISGC also promises to be a fantastic event if it was anything like our first trip there when I spoke in 2010 at their inaugural conference.

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If you have not seen our actual 2015 Top List, here’s our Press Release:

The World Wide Web. – October 4, 2015 – Now in our ninth year, Greenroofs.com’s dynamic Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwalls Design holds the promise of exciting and important new projects from local and international designers to thrill, invigorate, and inspire you.  Compiled yearly since 2007 by Publisher Linda S. Velazquez and Design Editor Haven Kiers, they spotlight newsworthy, spectacular, sometimes fantastical, forward-thinking designs and designers.

Greenroofs.com is proud to inaugurate the 2015 Top 10 Hot List this week at the 13th Annual 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Brooklyn, New York on October 5 – 8 where both Haven and Linda will be presenting.  Also, Linda will share this year’s Top 10 in Singapore at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) on November 5-7, 2015.

“While promoting the global living architecture industry and community here on a daily basis, it’s extremely important to highlight yearly market trends and feature some of the best and brightest designs as inspiration to us all. ” ~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP

In addition to unique examples of client specific boutique greenroofs and walls that always defy categorization, the buzz in 2015 encompasses trends from across the planet that have been building momentum since the end of 2014.  We’re seeing increased growth in specific market sectors, such as the sports industry, as well as particular areas of the world such as Washington, D.C. and the Mediterranean region.  With the decline of bees and other pollinators posing a direct threat to the world’s food supply, ecologists are stepping up – to the roof – to help the plight of the bee through design.  And the trend of the mega greenroof is once again on the rise, as in the case of massive rooftop parks.  Another category with intensive greenroofs, Urban Rooftop Forests, is also popular because of the deeper growing medium’s ability to sustain and nurture trees, who in turn nurture us all.

“As usual, we comb the globe high and low in search of built and proposed projects that catch our design eye and progressive spirit with an attractive combination of ecosensitivity and chic sustainability.” ~ Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP

The Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015:

10) “Client Specific ‘Boutique’ Greenroofs & Greenwalls”

9) “Beekeeping on the Roof: Biodiversity with Pollinators”

8) Living Architecture in Mediterranean Climates”

7) “Green Transportation Corridors”

6) “Greening Our Capital: Washington DC’s Stately Greenroofs”

5) “Fields of Green: Big League Sports Venues”

4) “Trees, Trees, Trees: Urban Rooftop Forests”

3) “Rooftop Parks: Green Playgrounds of the Rich, Private, & Public”

2) “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
William McDonough+Partners and BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) Architects”

1) “Visionary Wonders of the Green World”

As usual, for 2015 we have reserved the #1 spot for insightful and avant-garde eco-masterpieces with a sky high wow factor.

~ Linda V.

The “Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015”

March 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

So we have exactly two weeks before we begin our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015! It starts live on Monday, April 6 through April 12 and runs through May 31, 2015 on demand, with all of the lounges, spaces and nooks live and open for networking.

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Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015
Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design

Here now are the “Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015” – in no particular order:

VS2015-vertical10) Get up to 10 GRP CEU’s from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.  Earn other CEUs in The Classroom.

9) Watch awesome video presentations from over 30 speakers from 5 continents!  Including Haven Kiers‘ and my own 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015.”

8) Chat with speakers, keynotes, and us live in our Q & A Sessions via video (first come first served) and text during The Live Social Weekend Hangout on Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 10, 11 & 12.

7) Continue networking live with all of the attendees through May 31, 2015 and see all of the videos on demand.

6) Submit your own under 3-minute video to the Inspiration Nook and get the word out about your own new project, research or idea.

5) Do you have a job available or are you looking for one?  Network at the JobLinks Fair!

4) Check out all of the wonderful greenroof & greenwall books by your favorite authors – some of them presenting at the VS2015 – at The Bookstore.

3) Visit Sponsors and Exhibitors live in the Expo Pavilion during the Live Social Weekend Hangout on Saturday & Sunday April 11 & 12 and see What’s New in the market for products & services in their booths.

2) Have fun & connect with colleagues online from across the globe in the: “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere!” Networking Lounge; the Sponsor Meeting Rooms; the Inspiration Nook & more!

1) Enjoy all of this virtual networking, learning, & entertainment from the comfort of your own computer, laptop, or mobile device!

Join your friends, peers, soon-to-be-colleagues, and the Greenroofs.com Network at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015!

Where: Online… on the Internet!

Pre-Register here: http://www.greenroofs.com/virtualsummit/virtualsummit-registration.htm

When: Monday April 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM EDT to Sunday April 12, 2015 at 9:00 PM EDT and Archived On-Demand through the end of May, 2015.  Social Networking Spaces are All Live.

Registration Cost: Fee is $49 and $25 for students/faculty & government

Happy Connecting,

~ Linda V.