Video & Project of the Week for April 20, 2015: SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B)

April 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 4/20/15

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SOLARIS,
Fusionopolis (Phase 2B), One North
Singapore
32,152 sf Greenroofs
3,272 sf Atrium Planter Boxes
44,293 sf Green Ramp
1,765 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

SOLARIS is a 15 story office building located in the Fusionopolis hub in central Singapore’s One-North Business Park, an area dedicated to research and development in technology, media, physical sciences & engineering industries. Since the site was originally a military base, most of the original ecological system had been destroyed. Designed by T. R. Hamzah & Yeang, the architect’s response was to conserve what little greenery there was by building on areas which would cause the least ecological damage, helping to improve the site’s biodiversity simply through the positioning of the building.

SOLARIS is comprised of two towers connected with a passively-ventilated central atrium. Office floors are linked by a series of sky terraces which span the atrium at upper floors. The architect designed over 8,000 square meters landscaping, a total more than the area of building. The “eco-building” replaced the original site with a ratio of 108% of landscape to site area. The “green ramp” at SOLARIS is a 1.5 kilometer linear, continuous landscape ramp that was built to connect the ground level to the upper levels of the building, linking the basement Eco-cell with a cascading sequence of roof-gardens at the highest levels. The building has accomplished a 36% reduction in overall energy consumption by integrating fully landscaped areas directly into the facade of the building. A dramatic vision of the possibilities inherent in Skyrise greenery design, 95% of the project’s total landscaped area is above ground level.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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SOLARIS is Greenroofs.com’s Project of the Week 4/20/15 Replay in honor of its designer, the green architect, ecologist and planner Ken Yeang who is the Opening Keynote for the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015. Enjoy his lively hour-long interview by Linda Velazquez for an in-depth look into Ken’s signature bioclimatic eco-architecture plus much more insight into SOLARIS itself, now playing though May 31, 2015.

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Year: 2010
Owner: SoilBuild Group Holdings
Location: Singapore
Building Type: Corporate
Type: Extensive & Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 84,777 sq.ft.
Grade: 1 – 7%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect of Design: T. R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn. Bhd.
Architect of Record: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Arup Singapore Pte Ltd
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: CPG Consultants Pte Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: PEB Consultants
Facade Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte.) Ltd.
Sustainability Consultant: Aurecon Singapore (Pte.) Ltd.
Photographer: Albert Lim

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the SOLARIS, Fusionopolis (Phase 2B), One North Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or wall, green ramp, atrium planter boxes…)!

~ 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.

Watch “The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” by Wang Xianmin and others from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 17, 2015 at 1:25 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 “The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” by Wang Xianmin and others.  Wang Xianmin is the Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council, Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA), and Secretary-general of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 China World Green Roof Congresses.  He gives us an overview of greenroof challenges and growth in China – plus much more.

His short introductory presentation was filmed in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles where he invited participants to attend the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress in Nanjing held in October of that year.

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Following Wang Xianmin’s video, you can see videos that IRLA shared with Greenroofs.com from the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress, in both Mandarin and English, including the following: Opening Ceremony (Mandarin); Wang Xianmin Welcome (Mandarin); Keynote from Dr. Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang and T. R. Hamzah & Yeang (English); Keynote from Dr. Manfred Köhler of WGIN and the Green Roof Centre of Excellence Neubrandenburg (English); Keynote from Linda Velazquez of Greenroofs.com (English); and the Keynote from Dr. Tai Lee Siang of the of Singapore Green Building Council (Mandarin).

Thank you to the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) for sharing your videos with us!

Also, see Wang Xianmin from the inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 where he presented “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China.”  And you can watch his :41 VS2013 Wang Xianmin New Promo video which was filmed at the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress in November, 2012.

Here’s more:

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Beijing, China. Wang Xianmin is Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council; Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (a member of the World Green Infrastructure Network – WGIN); Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Conference; Founder and former Secretary-general of the Beijing Rooftop Greening Association; former Secretary-general of the Great Wall Green Engineering Organizing Committee and Former Deputy Dean of the Asia-Pacific Education Centre of Peking University.  He graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Xianmin Wang is the author of China 2010 Shanghai World Expo venue three-dimensional Green, 2011 and Roof Garden, 2007. ~ VS2013   

Watch “The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” by Wang Xianmin and others 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:

Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities? Inspiration Nook Video by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring.

Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients Inspiration Nook Video by João Manuel Linck Feijó.

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

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 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.