Call for Submittals on Kinetic Living Architecture

January 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

By Linda S. Velazquez Publisher

The Journal of Living Architecture (JOLA), a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities publication, has issued a Call for Submittals for manuscripts for the special topic issue of Kinetic Living Architecture.

What does this entail?  Mobile, movable, and kinetic forms of living architecture.  This is a great opportunity for you to share your research:

“This themed issue will profile the current state of projects, describe research findings, and deliver commentary to advance our understanding of living architecture that possesses movable traits or specific kinetic characteristics for green roofs, biofilters, screens, and walls. All submittal and dissemination will proceed within the Journal of Living Architecture’s current, peer-reviewed, open access format.” ~ JOLA Call for Submittals


Submission Categories:

Commentary articles challenge or present an opinion on an issue of concern to the living architecture industry, or discuss a manuscript previously published in the JOLA. [1500-2500 words]
Ideas at Work describe novel ideas, innovative programs and new methods of interest to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
Tools of the Trade report on specific materials, books, techniques and technologies useful to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
Research in Brief manuscripts summarize research results of importance to living architecture professionals. The focus of a Research in Brief manuscript is more specific than a Feature. [1500-2500 words]
Feature manuscripts discuss concepts and research findings of particular significance to living architecture professionals and to the living architecture knowledge base, methodology, practice and organization.
Visuals drawings, maps or graphic communication that represents living architecture knowledge. (exploratory section).

Contact Info:

Journal of Living Architecture
For all inquiries contact Reid Coffman, MLA, Ph.D., JOLA Special Issue Editor and Co-Editor in Chief at:

Important Dates:

Notification of Interest: March 1, 2016
Manuscripts Due: June 1, 2016
Projected Publication: Fall 2016

Although the JOLA is published exclusively on GRHC’s Living Architecture Monitor magazine website, we certainly want to help to spread the word to our research community!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Only Two Weeks Left for the Virtual Summit 2015! See the “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now

May 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

We hope you have you been participating and gaining insight from our third biennial:


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

You still have two weeks to engage with your fellow living architecture colleagues and watch over 12 hours of informative and high-spirited video presentations from 33 global experts and leaders online:

Now all Video Presentations, Q & A Transcripts & Exhibitor Booths are On Demand + Networking is Live 24/7 through May 31, 2015


Register here for only $49 or $25.  Earn CEUs including 10 GRP CEUs.

New!  As you probably now by now, in celebration of the Virtual Summit 2015 we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our spectacular speakers on our Sky Gardens Blog by gauging their 5 Key Learning Objectives.  If you haven’t yet, peruse the New Series to see each one’s crucial benefits and find out if you just can’t miss watching the entire video, for example with Dr. Ken Yeang, one of our distinguished Keynotes:


1. Ken’s philosophy, ecological design agenda, and specifics regarding architectural devices of the Solaris, National Library of Singapore, and the EDITT Tower (the Ecological Design in the Tropics) among others;

2. How he was influenced early on from studying under Ian McHarg at the University of Pennsylvania;

3. The concept of “ecomimicry”…  See the rest here.

See the Agenda to learn about all of the presentations.  Once in the virtual environment, just click on any of the Public Group Chats in the Sky Gardens Lobby, Rare Earth Auditorium, or the “It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere!” Networking Lounge to chime in.  Or invite your peers to a private chat anywhere, any time.


Register to support our work!  These video presentations will not be made public for at least one year – with one exception:  Watch the collaborative 43:43 video “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers and me on our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2015 channel on YouTube or below, now public:


So what are our own 5 Key Learning Objectives?

1. Become familiar with the latest design trends in living architecture!;

2. Regarding built projects, understand highlights of the project drivers and the design process;

3. If conceptual, explore the design inspiration and local context – feel the energy of the designer for the design!;

4. Receive additional designer resources and information for each project;

5. As usual, be dazzled and inspired by the amazing projects and have fun!

The Expo Pavilion featuring our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Association Partners remains open on demand through May 31, 2015.  Continue to visit each company and organization, watch their videos, gather take home info, and connect with the reps.


Thank you for the support from our visionary Rare Earth Sponsor Tremco Incorporated plus our:

Diamond Sponsors: Bonar/Xero Flor and Green Roof Outfitters

Exhibitors: Green Living Technologies International and Sunlite Science & Technology

Industry Partners: AEC Daily, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, and the International Green Roof Association


Learn more about the Virtual Summit 2015.

We feel the virtual sharing platform is so important and beneficial to our community and industry. By removing the barriers of travel, huge investments of time and money – not to mention your carbon footprint – the financial playing field is leveled, allowing easy access to awesome people, projects, and design at your leisure.

Don’t miss joining in on the conversation. It’s about connecting and social networking across the entire globe, and the Virtual Summits are the wave of the future!

We hope you and your colleagues will support our work and join us during this very special online event through May 31st – the next Virtual Summit will be in 2017!

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook Video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

Only Two Weeks Left for the Virtual Summit 2015! See the “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.

The 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design

November 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

2012 has been a whirlwind year for an amazing assortment of spectacular living architecture projects, and Haven Kiers and I have taken notice.  Did you see our  October 16, 2012 Announces the “2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design”  Press Release about it?

Here we go:

2012 marks the sixth year of our “Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design.”  Compiled by our Design Editor Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP and I, we have been proud to share the Top 10 List at the following conferences so far:

The 10th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference in Chicago, IL on October 17-20, 2012 and the  WGIN World Green Roof Conference 2012 (WGRC) in Hangzhou, China on October 22-26, 2012.

Next up is the International Green Conference 2012 in Bangalore, India on November 26-28, 2012, and, of course, we will be presenting it at our second  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 on February 12 through March 13, 2013.  And for the Virtual Summit we will add a twist – a sneak peek into projects on our radar for the 2013 Top 10 List.  Haven and I always have a great time showing amazing examples of living architecture and will be available afterward for a live Q & A session – right from the convenience of your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

So, what’s it all about in 2012?

Starting with trends that we’ve seen in previous years that have either refused to go away or have sprung back with new vigor within the last year, we continue to see amazing integration of urban agriculture into new and existing structures, the use of vegetation to create soothing and healing gardens within hospital settings, and the design of schools that incorporate living architecture into their basic curriculum.  As always, we doff our caps to the fantastic skyscrapers that spiral up through the clouds and the client specific boutique greenroofs that defy categorization.

We are also excited to highlight new trends in green infrastructure.  This year, museums embraced their inner green goddesses and began highlighting living art both in and outside of their walls (and roofs).  Another rising trend features elevated walks.  Capturing everything from bridges, railways and promenades, this category features stunning expanses of elevated greenery.  And new this year, we’re incorporating two of the greenest cities in the world as categories in and of themselves, starting with tropical Singapore, a “herban” oasis that has started a green revolution on the island nation.

We culminate our Top 10 List of Hot Design Trends with a look at Chicago, an early trendsetter in city greening and now the definitive leader in living and green infrastructure and our #1 spot for 2012.

The Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2012:

10) Client Specific “Boutique” Greenroofs
9) Green Museums: Art Living Inside & Out
8) Educational Facilities as Green Living Laboratories
7) Upward Spirals of Green
6) Hospitals Healing through Living Architecture
5) Gardens in the Clouds: Stacking & Stepping with Vegetation
4) Sky Farms on the (High)Rise
3) Singapore: A City within a Sky Garden
2) Green Elevated Walks: Bridges, Railways & Promenades
1) Chicago’s Trend-Setting Style: A “Miracle Mile High” City of Plants & Leadership

If you didn’t make it to one of the fabulous physical conferences listed above, please join us in January and February 2013 for our second annual Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013 to experience first hand our fast-paced, lively, and presentation jam packed with awesome and sometimes incredible greenroof & greenwall photos of projects worldwide.

After the 2013 Virtual Summit, we will be happy, once again, to post our video of the 2012 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design on our Top 10 page and on  greenroofsTV, our video channel on YouTube.

See you in Bangalore or at the Virtual Summit in 2013!

Linda V.

Jim Mumford on TEDxYouth@SanDiego – Watch Him Now!

November 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

TEDxYouth@SanDiego is meant to be an event and experience designed by kids for kids – a place to spread big ideas and to dream of new possibilities.  Held at the Canyon Crest Academy Proscenium Theater, Village Centre Loop in San Diego, CA, visionary speakers were on stage live this morning at 8:30 am PST.

“We are called to be architects of the future” — Buckminster Fuller

Inspired by this quote from the legendary architect known for his forward-thinking earth-sheltered buildings, the TEDxYouth@SanDiego team themed the 2012 event “Architects of the Future.”

The promoters stated, “we’ll showcase architects of the future from San Diego and across the globe — people pushing the boundaries of their endeavors – science, art, technology, environment, humanity and beyond – those who have imagined something new and taken action to bring it to life.   We look forward to hosting 400 San Diego high school students and sharing this incredible experience to the youth of the world via our event-day live video stream.  Our youth are the true Architects of the Future and we look forward to imagining, dreaming and doing together!”

Many inspiring people shared their ideas today, but I wanted to point out one of our own – the very affable Jim Mumford, CLP, GRP of GreenScaped Buildings and Good Earth Plant Company.  His working title is “Living Architecture – where life on earth’s essential building block, plants, and the future of our cities grow together.”

This is what TEDxYouth@SanDiego has to say about him:

Jim Mumford is a San Diego resident who began his career by founding Good Earth Plant & Flower Company. In March 2009, Mumford launched GreenScaped Buildings specializing in green roofs, living walls, bio-filtration and rainwater harvesting systems. Due to his innovative approach and pioneering efforts in the plantscaping industry, Jim has earned respect from colleagues as a recognized, award-winning industry leader and speaker. A certified landscape professional, accredited contractor and accredited green roof professional, his extensive experience, education and training in the plantscaping industry enable him to share his experience and talent with a diverse local and national client base. As a result of his dedication, he was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year 2007,” San Diego Magazine named him an “Eco-Warrior” in April of 2010 and The San Diego Daily Transcript cites him as one of 2012’s “Top Influentials.” ~ TEDxYouth@SanDiego

Although the live event is over, you can still watch Jim’s talk.  Better yet, if he get can get 15,000 views between the live feed and the video, it gets considered for National TED!  See it below:

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYouth@SanDiego, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxYouth@SanDiego event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Learn more at

Congratulations, Jim, and I hope you get to present your ideas soon on National TED!

Happy greening ~ Linda V.