Greenroofs.com 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 Greenroofs.com 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.

Greenroofs.com 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.

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Designs in vogue on Greenroofs.com’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 Greenroofs.com 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 Greenroofs.com Press Release here.

Stay tuned for specifics regarding Greenroofs.com’s third Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, where you will learn from experts 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.

 

Review the Greenroofs.com 2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design PowerPoint

September 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

We’re about to release the 2014 Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design. ..

How about a review of the Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2013:

10) Client Specific ‘Boutique Greenroofs/Walls’

9) Wineries Enveloped in Greenery

8) Small Projects, Big Results

7) Need Vacation Inspiration? The Hottest Green Destination Escapes

6) Innovative Greenwalls: Stretching Design & Our Imagination

5) From Hippies to Techies: California as an Up and Coming Leader in
Greenroofs & Walls

4) Local Government Acting Globally with Building Integrated Greenery

3) Social Responsibility: Putting Your Greenroof or Wall Where Your Mouth Is

2) The Influence of Architects – Taking a Leadership Role in Greenroof Design:
Ando, Yeang & Ambasz

1) Greening Mixed Use: Sustainable Urban Living with Man-made Ecosystems

It’s been a year since I presented  our Greenroofs.com 2013 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design at the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 CitiesAlive in beautiful Nantes, France.  Some of you may have seen Haven Kiers, our wonderful Design Editor here at Greenroofs.com, and me when we presented it afterwards in October in the always lovely San Francisco at CitiesAlive – but for those of you who did not have a chance to travel to either place last year, here is our presentation for your viewing pleasure.

However, this time it is only in PowerPoint form on slideshare, not video, but you will most certainly get the flavor of our always fast and furious yet tantalizing vignettes of what we believe are the projects and designers trending at the moment.

Enjoy!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com Negotiates 50% Discount for WGIC 2014 in Sydney!

August 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

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WGIC 2014 Greenroofs.com INVITATION

Just announced!  Greenroofs.com has negotiated an astounding 50% Discount on Registration to our readership for the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in awesome Sydney this October 8 – 10.

We’re able to pass on these truly astonishing rates to you since Greenroofs.com is a Media Partner of the WGIC 2014 and has been affiliated with its host Green Roofs Australasia (GRA) – plus the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) – for years now.

For more details, read all about it here:
http://www.greenroofs.com/pdfs/WGIC-2014-GreenroofsReadershipOffer.pdf

WGIC Program Session Titles:

Government Drivers
Living Walls
World Vision
Urban Green Infrastructure
Research
Water Sensitive Cities – WSUD
Policy and Development
Urban Rationale
GI Benefits
New Research
Case Studies: Architecture & Landscape

Expert Speakers

Here are just a few of the esteemed professionals presenting:

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L-R: Daniel Tohill, Permaculture Institute, New Zealand; Tong Mahn Ahn, Seoul National University “Green Roofs in Seoul to Make the Metropolis Healthier,” South Korea - Keynote Presentation; Jeff Sorrill, Green Roof Centre; Department of Landscape and School of Architecture; University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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L-R: Sacha Coles, Registered Landscape Architect, AILA, FAILA, ASPECT Studios, Australia – Keynote Presentation; Renèe Davies, Registered Fellow of NZILA, IFLA Delegate for New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand; Keith Stead, Landscape Architect, OCULUS, Sydney, Australia

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L-R: Dr. Puay Yok Tan, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore, Singapore - Keynote Presentation; Raphael Garcia, Project Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Landscape Architect, Biologist, Entomologist, San Francisco, USA; and Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Toronto, Canada - Keynote Presentation.

Learn and engage with these leading experts and so many more from all four corners of the globe, from Scandinavia to Spain / Canada to Brazil / China to New Zealand.

Visit the following pages to learn more: Program, Speakers, Professional Training, Accommodation, Green Site Tours, Post Congress Tours, and Registration with your Greenroofs.com 50% Discount.

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One Central Park, Broadway, Sydney: The world’s tallest vertical garden with 450 types of different plants and 250 local species.

Just one of many case studies highlighted, French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc, the designer of the One Central Park (OCP) vertical garden, will be presenting on the project. The project manager, Craig Elgie, and landscape architect Keith Stead will also be presenting with the stunning OCP included in the all day Sydney Green Site Tour on October 8.  The guided bus tour will provide an informative field trip with visits to small, medium and large projects within the inner Sydney area.  Project details and specifications will be included in the Green Site Booklet with talks from projects designers; a comfortable bus will be provided along with a picnic lunch at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

If you’re considering this fantastic Australian trip-of-a-lifetime but still weighing the costs, now is certainly the time to take advantage of this deal and make your dream trip real!

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Green Roofs Australasia and we warmly invite you to share in this unique conference setting and experience with us.

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“Join us for spring in Australia. Join us for a meeting of the best minds, the most capable hands and the most generous spirits in the “Land Down-Under.” Expand your knowledge, broaden your horizons and develop a worldwide network of professionals, educators, doers and thinkers. The World Green Infrastructure Congress promises all this and more.”~ Matthew Dillon, GRA

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I’m excited to be inaugurating Haven Kiers’ and my 2014 Top 10 Hot List of Greenroof & Greenwall Trends here, and hope you can join Aramis and me in Sydney!  Visit www.wgic2014.org for everything you need, and click here for your 50% Discount on Registration.

Revisit Green Roofs Australasia President Matthew Dillon’s Green Roofs Down Under: 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress Sydney, Green – Global – ConnectedGuest Feature – the photos alone are amazing!

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Can’t wait to see greenroofs and greenwalls Down Under!  Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 as either an attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor!

~ Linda V.

Early Bird Discount for the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes, France!

June 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Summer is here and it’s time for fall conference planning, starting with the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in gorgeous Nantes, France this upcoming September!

Aramis and I will be attending as I’ll be presenting Haven Kiers’ and my 7th annual Greenroofs.com Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.  Although we’ve been to Paris several times, we haven’t ventured too far, so we’re really excited about spending some time in the lovely, picturesque town of Nantes.

Look for a Guest Feature Article in a couple of days all about this Congress from Marc Lacaille, Délégué général, but for now read on for general information from le secrétariat du Congrès, Laurence Kuhner to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2013 in Nantes, France which runs through July 15, 2013:

Dear Madam, dear Sir,

We are pleased to announce you that the program of the World Green Infrastructure Congress is available online

You benefit from a preferential rate to register to the congress before July 15, 2013. We invite you to register directly online by clicking here. 

 Please note that GROUP REGISTRATIONS are also available, do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information. 

Pre booked Hotels rooms are available till August 6, 2013. After this deadline, rooms will not be guaranteed.

To select your property, rates & availability or to reserve directly online please click here.

For any further information please proceed to the congress website right now at www.wgic2013.com.

And for our French-speaking friends here you go:

Madame, Monsieur,

Le programme du congrès mondiale de la végétalisation du bâtiment est finalisé (cliquez ici).

Dépêchez-vous! Il ne vous reste plus que 4 jours pour bénéficier du tarif préférentiel avant majoration le 15 juillet 2013, cliquez ici

Que vous soyez en entreprise ou membre d’un organisme, nous vous proposons aussi un TARIF GROUPE très avantageux. N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour prendre connaissance des modalités d’inscription. 

Enfin pour faciliter votre séjour, nous avons également pré-réservé des chambres dans différents hôtels de Nantes. Ces hôtels sont à votre disposition jusqu’au 6 août 2013. Au-delà de cette date, les chambres ne pourront être garanties.

Pour procéder à votre réservation, veuillez cliquer ici 

Pour toute information complémentaire, rendez-vous sur le site du congrès dès maintenant www.wgic2013.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Le secrétariat du Congrès, Laurence Kuhner
wgic2013@clq-group.com
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 64 15 15

See you in France this September!

~ Linda V.