Watch “Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients” by João Manuel Linck Feijó from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘s spectacular 2015 Virtual Summit on April 6 through May 31 – and in order to familiarize you with the event – we are now making the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 videos publicly available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube to all free of charge.

Today we have the pleasure to air “Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients” by João Manuel Linck Feijó, agronomy engineer and principal of Ecotelhado from Brazil as well as the Director of ATVBrasil, shares his new idea.  João participated in our inaugural “Inspiration Nook.”

Photo Source: FriendBurst by Barbara_K

Even if you were not presenting, as an attendee you could submit your under 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) videos of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which were followed by your own live Discussion Chat.

This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world.

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João’s short video lets you get a look at and learn about a new integrated system of wastewater recycling with green roofs.

Here’s more:

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Porto Alegre, Brazil.  João Manuel Linck Feijó is an agronomy engineer and principal of Ecotelhado which offers green infrastructure solutions through the manufacture of green roof and green wall systems and consulting services.  He is also the Director of ATVBrasil, a non-profit organization working to promote green infrastructure in Brazil, which has been disseminating green roof and wall information in many cities and proposing projects of law for green roofs all across the country since 2005.  João is a World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) board member. ~ VS2013   

Watch “Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients” by João Manuel Linck Feijó below or see it specifically on its own channel, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013:

Our second foray in the world of virtual conferences, the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, was very successful at bringing together people from around the world to learn, discuss, and network in our field of living architecture.  This time partnering with the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), between Greenroofs.com and WGIN we produced 36 videos involving 59 esteemed international speakers, specifically: 22 Individual Presenters, including 5 Keynotes; 5 Panel Sessions; and 9 Collaborative Presentations.

Watch these other VS2013 videos released so far:

How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living Video by Dorthe Rømø.

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano.

12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs Keynote Video by Steven Peck.

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España – Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain Panel Session with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates Video by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

Relaunch – Hamburg’s New Green Roof Strategy Video by Wolfgang Ansel.

Introduction to Integrated Water Management Video by Jeff Bruce.

Award Winning Designers Sharing Projects & Lessons Learned Collaborative Video with Michael Franco, Brendan Shea, Emily Shelton, and Keith Tufts.

Green Infrastructure Design and the Biophilic Effect Keynote Video by Mary Ann Uhlmann.

Vegetation Development on Extensive Green Roofs Over Time Video by Christine Thuring.

Investigación de Azoteas Verdes de la Universidad Autónoma Chapingo – Green Roof Research at the Chapingo Autonomous University Video by Dr. Gilberto Navas.

Sky Parks in the Public Realm – Elevating Green Ways and Urban Connectivity Panel Session with Dr. Maureen Connelly, Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, Randy Sharp, and Dr. Tan Puay Yok.

Skyrise Ag: 5 Ways to Local Food Production Collaborative Video with Helen Cameron, Mohamed Hage, George Irwin, Ben Flanner and Alan Joaquin.

Building-Integrated Vegetation: Redefining the Landscape or Chasing a Mirage? Opening Keynote Video by Aditya Ranade.

Mexico City’s Green Plan & Green Roofs – Areas Verdes de la Ciudad de Mexico & Azoteas Naturadas Video by Tanya Müller García.

The Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Video by Jaron Lubin.

Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement Video by Marc Grañén.

Profiles of Women Business Leaders Greening the Way Collaborative Video with Barbara Deutsch; Lexie Hain and Marguerite Wells; Vanessa Keitges; and Joy Schmidt.

Green Walls and Maintenance – Needs, Opportunities and Best Practices Panel Session Video with Melissa Daniels, Christopher Lyon, Steven Peck, and James Sable.

Reflections of a Green Roof Campaigner and Visions of the Future Keynote Video by Dusty Gedge.

Urban Green in Australia Video by Matt Dillon.

2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + A Look into 2013 Collaborative Video with Linda S. Velazquez and Haven Kiers.

We hope you will join us in watching all of these as we present them!

Happy watching,

~ Linda V.

Also see these videos below in various languages on our exclusive Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 greenroofs.TV playlist:

Virtual Summit 2013 Highlights Video

Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

VS2013 Linda Velazquez Promo

VS2013 Steven Peck Promo

VS2013 Julian Briz Promo – Spanish

VS2013 Matt Dillon Promo

VS2013 Manfred Koehler Promo – German

VS2013 Francois Lassalle Promo – French

VS2013 Eun-Heui Lee Promo – Korean

VS2013 Dorthe Romo Promo

VS2013 Wang Xianmin Promo – Mandarin Chinese

VS2013 Tanya Mueller Promo – Spanish

“Green Cities in the World” Book Available Now

May 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

Green Cities in the World

Although the newly published Green Cities in the World book will officially be launched at the World Green Infrastructure Congress (WGIC) 2014 in Sydney, Australia on October 7-10, 2014, it is now available for purchase in paper book and PDF.

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Edited by Julián Briz, Manfred Köhler, and Isabel de Felipe of WGIN – the World Green Infrastructure Network, Green Cities in the World is a compilation comprising 23 authors, including myself.

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

The World Expo Zaragoza, Spain. Source: Greenroofs.com; Photo Courtesy: ZinCo

“The book Green Cities in the World is the result of a convergence of interest from individuals and public and private institutions looking to provide the urban society with a reference publication of a diversity of main topics and opinions from the green urban market. It has been edited by WGIN and PRONATUR.

The mix of academics, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and professionals in this publication leads to fruitful interactions and provides new insights into green urban development of the world. The publication has 16 chapters and 25 national stories, from 23 authors and 241 photos.

The book is structured in four scenarios: Economy, Sociology and Policy; Environment; Architecture and Technical; and National Stories.” ~ Green Cities in the World Editors

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

Cook+Fox Architects’ 8th floor penthouse in Manhattan. Source: Greenroofs.com. Photo Courtesy of Green Roof Blocks.

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The first book project by WGIN, the huge effort was spearheaded by Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid Julián Briz, and Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid Isabel de Felipe.  Both are board and founding members of WGIN from PRONATUR – Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana (Spanish Society for Urban Greening).

The 358-page book has a very interesting mix of contributors including non-WGIN members green architect Emilio Ambasz, Singapore’s Dr. Puay Yok Tan (with Ho Wan Weng), Michigan State’s Dr. Brad Rowe, PhD. candidate Kelly Ksiazek, and myself.

Multiple Contributors

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Source: Greenroofs.com. Photo Courtesy of Green Living Technologies International (GLTi).

In addition to chapters from Julián Briz (with Jose M. Duran and Kerstein Röhrich), WGIN  President Manfred Köhler, and Isabel de Felipe (with Teresa Briz), WGIN authors include founding board members Steven Peck of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Matthew Dillon of Green Roofs Australasia, Brazil’s João Manuel Linck Feijó (with Renan Eschiletti Machado Guimarães and Luis Alberto Suárez Correa) and Japan’s Hajime Kozhimizu.  Additional WGIN member authors include Ho Wan Weng (with Dr. Puay Yok Tan), Colombia’s R. Andres Ibáñez Gutierréz, Poland’s Ewa Piatek-Kozuchowska (with Dr. Jan Lukaszkiewicz), Hong Kong’s C. Y. Jim, and Denmark’s Dorthe Rømø (and WGIN Green Ambassador).

Green Cities in the World is a thoughtful and important, heartfelt combined effort from dedicated professionals across many disciplines on many facets of international green building, urban greening and in particular, of course, the living architecture of greenroofs and greenwalls.   The spread and depth of topics and perspectives are unique and truly enlightening, full of keen observations, detailed research, project applications, and further reading.

Awesome Photos

Brimming with spectacular color photos from around the world (many which I supplied from Greenroofs.com’s various esteemed colleagues and advertisers – thank you!), they beautifully illustrate key points and projects.

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

A pioneer in rooftop agriculture, Brooklyn Grange is a 40,000 square foot commercial farm located above a six-story building in the dense urban environment of Queens, New York. Photo © Andy Kropa.

Linda Velazquez’s Contribution

I wrote about a subject near and dear to Greenroofs.com‘s heart: Green Cities in the World Chapter 5 – Greenroofs & Greenwalls in the New Millennium: The Influence of the Age of Technology through Online and Social Media. An except is included below:

“The rise in popularity of vegetated roofs and walls is no doubt due in part to advances in information technology and the rise of multi-media exposure.  Beyond the traditional print, radio and even television venues, the power to reach, inform, and influence the masses at all levels of age and socio-political-geographical backgrounds from around the world has never been greater with the advent of the Internet.  According to Internet World Stats, by December 31, 2000, the Internet had 360,985,492 users worldwide and by June 30, 2012 the amount had exploded to 2,405,518,376 users. With Asia leading the way with 1,076,681,059 users, followed by Europe (518,512,109), North America (273,785,413), Latin America / Caribbean (254,915,745), Africa (167,335,676), the Middle East (90,000,455), and Oceania / Australia with 24,287,919, this figure represents a 566.4% growth rate (Internet World Stats, 2013).

Ecommerce, entertainment, the rapid diffusion of news and events, along with Email, instant messaging, social networking, texting, video calling over Wi-Fi and Skyping, is not only possible, but expected at the touch of a keyboard or mobile devices.  Our views of culture, social relationships, and how we interact in the world of e-business have forever changed through electronic media and smart devices.  The Internet has altered the way we do business forever – surfing the net has become a way of life around the world. ” ~ Linda Velazquez in Green Cities in the World

Order Online

As in many first-print editions, the paper copy of Green Cities in the World has some typos and photo caption errors.  All of the ones I caught were amended in the PDF version and will appear in the second printing of the book, too.

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village. Source: Greenroofs.com; Photo Courtesy of Vitaroofs International Inc.

The paper copy cost is 40 € Euros plus shipping and handling costs, and the digital copy is 25 € Euros.  Order directly online here or from:

Editorial Agrícola Española

Email questions to:

Libros@editorialagricola.com or administracion@editorialagricola.com

Hopefully you’ll order a copy of this fine book, and we’ll see you in Sydney this October with many, if not all, of the authors for the official Green Cities in the World book launch!

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Follow @greenroofsaus on Twitter.

Happy reading,

~ Linda V.

Congrats to João Feijó, Winner of “The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest!”

October 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

Congratulations to João Manuel Linck Feijó of Idealizador de Sistemas Biológicos Integrados, ATV Brasil, and Ecotelhado who recently won Green Roofs for Healthy Cities‘ The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest!”

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The premise was to demonstrate how living architecture can create more resilient communities in face of climate change, resource shortages, natural disasters and environmental degradation.  The Brazilian agronomy engineer’s “Integrated Green Roof Wastewater Recycling System” is a fascinating design with lots of potential here in the U.S. and around the world.

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As a matter of fact, João was one of our esteemed speakers in “The Inspiration Nook” at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, held live on February 12 through March 13, 2013 and on demand through April 13, 2013.  He spoke about his project in “Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients.” Starting in January, 2014, we will be showing one video per week, either Keynote, Panel Session, or Individual – don’t miss them!

The five finalists for “The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest” were Brien Spier, Fred M. Hunter, Jenny Hill, Bradley Klein, and João Manuel Linck Feijó.   After receiving the most votes for his entry, João Feijó won a free delegate pass to the CitiesAlive 11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference, and the editor’s top picks will be published in the November (Winter 2013/2014) issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.

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As you know, the 2013 CitiesAlive Conference is this week, starting on Wednesday, October 23 -26 in gorgeous San Francisco.

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CitiesAlive delegate pass includes: access to all core conference programming (opening plenary and reception, technical sessions, lunch, trade show, CitiesAlive themed party at the California Academy of Sciences and the Awards of Excellence luncheon).  If you haven’t registered yet, do so here.

I really believe João’s new idea is one that can be embraced in many regions of the world!  He will, of course, be in San Francisco this week with his lovely wife Vivian (whom we met last month in Nantes).  He will love to talk to you about his winning project and how it can be implemented on a large scale.  You can also contact him directly at:

João Manuel Linck Feijó
Idealizador de Sistemas Biológicos Integrados
Rua Erechim, 330 – Porto Alegre – RS
joao@ecotelhado.com.br
www.ecotelhado.com.br
www.facebook.com/ecotelhadobrasil
(51) 3242.8215 / (51) 8144.7689

Happy Wastewater Recycling!

~ Linda V.

Voting Open for GRHC’s The Great Community Resiliency Contest thru September 25 at 10 AM Eastern!

September 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Don’t forget to vote  for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ (GRHC) The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest through the deadline of this Wednesday, September 25th, at 10 AM Eastern!  The idea is how living architecture can create more resilient communities in face of climate change, resource shortages, natural disasters and environmental degradation – and the winner will win a free delegate pass to CitiesAlive in San Francisco.

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“Thank you for to everyone who submitted to our Great Community Resiliency Project Contest. We had submissions from all over the globe…from France, to Brazil, the US and beyond. Our submission period has ended; and we’ve selected the top five finalists. Thank you again for your ideas; and we hope to see you at CitiesAlive in October.

The five finalists are: Brien Spier, Fred M. Hunter, Jenny Hill, Joao Manuel Linck Feijo and Bradley Klein. Voting will be open until Wednesday September 25th at 10:00 AM EST. The idea with the most votes (combined ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ on Facebook & ‘Likes’ and ‘Repins’ on Pinterest) will win a delegate pass to CitiesAlive. So be sure to ‘Like’ & ‘Share’ your favorite ideas on Facebook and and ‘Like’ and ‘Repin’ your favorite ideas on Pinterest.”  ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

The editor’s top picks will be published in the November (Winter 2013/2014) issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine. The person with the most votes will win a delegate pass to CitiesAlive11th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in San Francisco from October 23-26, 2013. At CitiesAlive, we will be examining how living architecture technologies can contribute to resilient buildings and communities.

In 2012, the United States experienced 11 extreme weather related disasters, each causing in excess of $1 billion in damages and many more on a smaller scale. Recently, Hurricane Sandy pummelled the U.S. so hard that the economic impact will likely top $60 billion. Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our infrastructure, ecosystems and on the health and livelihood of those affected. We are far from fully understanding the hidden potential of how living architecture systems can help our communities cope when various disasters strike.

“A Resilient City is one that has developed capacities to help absorb future shocks and stresses to its social, economic, and technical systems and infrastructures so as to still be able to maintain essentially the same functions, structures, systems, and identity.” ~ ResilientCity.org

As you know, the 2013 CitiesAlive Conference will be held on October 23 -26 in San Francisco.

GRHC: 2013 CitiesAlive in San Francisco

CitiesAlive delegate pass includes: access to all core conference programming (opening plenary and reception, technical sessions, lunch, trade show, CitiesAlive themed party at the California Academy of Sciences and the Awards of Excellence luncheon).

CONTACT: For more information, contact Jennifer Foden Wilson, editor of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine at jfodenwilson@greenroofs.org or 416-971-4494 ext. 231.

Congrats to the final 5!  Make sure to add your vote – I just did…

~ Linda V.