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.


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,’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. 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 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.


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 Network at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015!

Where: Online… on the Internet!

Pre-Register here:

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.

Video & Project of the Week for November 10, 2014: Nashville Music City Center

November 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm Project of the Week: 11/10/14


Nashville Music City Center
Nashville, TN, USA
191,000 sf. Greenroof


Project Description & Details

The LEED Gold certified Nashville Music City Center (MCC) is a 1,200,000 square foot convention center in the SoBro (South of Broadway) district in Nashville. Five stories high, the wavy roof has three independent greenroof sections which mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee. The iconic greenroof design represents the frets and body of a guitar – including 845 solar panels incorporated into the guitar body itself. A 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank stores rainwater from the roof which is used to irrigate outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.

The Music City Center is the recipient of the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2014 Green Roof Special Recognition Award. The co-recipients are Roofmeadow, who designed the greenroof, provided construction oversight, and oversees maintenance; Greenrise Technologies, who constructed the greenroof and also conducts greenroof maintenance; and TVS, lead architect, who conceived the greenroof project and laid out the signature green diamond pattern. Greenrise Technologies says “This project represents the ultimate fusion of aesthetics and engineered performance.”

Designed for stormwater retention and urban heat island reduction, the greenroof can handle a 2.6-million-gallon stormwater offset. Protected by a waterproofing membrane from Sika Sarnafil with Bonar‘s Enkadrain®/W 3601 drainage, the shallow under 3″ deep rooflite® Extensive MCL substrate blended by Garick is covered with pre-vegetated sedum mats from Sempergreen. The undulating surfaces with pitches ranging from 16 – 25% required slope stabilization of the media, and the Anti-Slip System Type N with net and sills from Optigreen® was used, supplied by Conservation Technology.

We at hope to see you in Music City tomorrow at CitiesAlive!  As you may know, Haven Kiers and I will be presenting our 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design this Friday, November 14 at 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – SESSION 6 – please come and see us.  The Nashville Music City Center is included in our Top 10 List, representing one great example of the #5 category, “Sculptural Architecture.”

Year: 2012
Owner: City of Nashville
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Extensive
System: Custom
191,000 sq.ft.
Slope: 25%
Access: Inaccessible, Private


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS); Tuck Hinton Architects; and Moody-Nolan Architects
General Contractor Joint Venture: Bell & Associates Construction, Clark Construction Group, Harmony Construction Group
Greenroof Design: Roofmeadow, with TVS
Greenroof Installation: Greenrise Technologies
Waterproofing Membrane: Sika Sarnafil
Roofer: Baker Roofing
Drainage: Enkadrain®/W 3601, Bonar
Anti-Slip System: Type N with Net and Sills, Optigreen®
Optigreen® Distributor: Conservation Technology
Growing Medium: rooflite®
rooflite® Blender: Garick
Pre-vegetated Mats: Sempergreen
Maintenance: Greenrise Technologies with oversight from Roofmeadow


Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Nashville Music City Center 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. Announces the “2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”

October 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

As you know, Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I as publisher (and ASLA, LEED AP and GRP) annually compile our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.” And I have the pleasure of inaugurating this year’s Top 10 Hot List in Sydney, Australia at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 held on October 8 – 10, 2014. is also proud to share the Top 10 List at the upcoming 12th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November, 2014 where both Haven and I will be presenting.

Now in our 8th year of creating the Top 10 Hot Trends List, the potential and demand for greening of the ubiquitous 5th façade of a building continues to skyrocket across the design profession – in addition to covering walls with dripping vegetation. As usual in our quest for optical arousal, we’ll begin our fast and furious foray into the greenroof and greenwall world with spectacular Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs & Walls’ – those projects which are just too unique to fit into a standardized grouping. This year we’ll be spotlighting New York City as a leader in industry construction and promotion, highlighting projects such as the Empire State Building, Via Verde, and the awesome High Line, among fabulous others.

Continuing our popular new category from 2013: “The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design,” we’ll showcase the work of three outstanding international ground breaking leaders pushing the limits in our field.


Designs in vogue on’s radar for 2014 include “Sculptural Architecture,” where the structure itself is a piece of art – such as the guitar-inspired Nashville Music City Center whose roof mimics the rolling hills of Tennessee, and “Greenroofs with an Edge,” where the laws of physics are pushed over the edge or to their limits – such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped greenroofed Hypar Pavilion.  We will celebrate the academics, including high tech offerings such as Pollution Reducing Skyscrapers to Generate Biofuel from a UK Master student and Bio Photovoltaic Panel greenwalls from a university in Spain which produce energy from bacteria in the growing media – as well as cultural progressives including King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture in Saudi Arabia and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.  We’ll be examining “Meditation Stations” – creating sustainable rooftop spaces for relaxing and socializing and “The Facebook Effect” – the influence of online and social media for marketing new projects which have jump-started such successful start-up ventures as Brooklyn Grange.

Finally, we’ll showcase “Vertical Garden Towers & Cities,” featuring spectacular towering concepts and projects in progress in the sky from around the world.

The Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2014:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs &  Greenwalls’

9) The Facebook Effect: The influence of Online & Social Media

8) Treatment Facilities Cleaning Up with Green

7) Greenroofs with an the Edge

6) Celebrating the Academics & World Culture Progressives

5) Sculptural Architecture

4) Meditation Stations: Sustainable Relaxing & Socializing

3) The Green Apple: New York City

2) The Influence of Architects & Designers – Taking a Leadership Role in Design:
Safdie Architects, Patrick Blanc & Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1) Vertical Garden Towers & Cities: Biophilia Meets Avant-Garde Architecture

See the September 30, 2014 Press Release here.

Stay tuned for specifics regarding’s third Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture on April 6 through May 31, where you will learn from experts – including Haven and me – about what’s trending for 2015 and beyond.

Aramis and I are off to Sydney followed by Auckland in a couple of days, so we’ll be a little inactive for about three weeks!

Happy greening,

~ Linda V.