“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.

Available Now

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.

World Green Infrastructure Network Project

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!

Green Cities in the World Book Available Now

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Happy reading,

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs.com’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on Greenroofs.com through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from  February 24th, 2012 from our daughter,  Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to  “This Week in Review” for February 24th, 2012 on GreenroofsTV.

–  Project of the Week

– Our project of the week is EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG built in 2009 in Stuttgart, Germany. EnBW supplies its customers with reliable, economical, and environmentally-friendly electricity and heat. Its 16-story Administrative Complex has three wings and a high-rise with many extensive greenroofs and useable intensive greenroofs over their underground parking. Designed by architects RKW, the EnBW City consists of nine buildings including a 60-meter-high skyscraper, a parking garage with 1,200 parking spaces, the Forum, Piazza, meeting rooms, canteen, and more. The design of the courtyards is devoted to various energy topics: wind, light and the water court; and an adjacent nature preserve offers rest and recreation for visitors and staff.

– EnBW City uses energy more intelligently and efficiently and exceeds the strict requirements of the Energy Conservation Act with cutting-edge technologies such as window shading, ventilation, cooling, lighting domes and geothermal energy. Various Optigreen system solutions were used on the project including: “Natural Roof,” “Garden Roof,” “Public Roof,” and “Landscape Roof.” The EnBW complex was a challenging project for Optigreen and the installing partners, yet has resulted in a very lovely “state of energy technology” workplace.

– To learn more about the EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photo).

What’s New

–  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

VS2011 Greenroofs Australasia by Matthew Dillon

– Watch our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 11: “GreenRoofs in Australasia”  by Matthew Dillon.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our  greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

–  Advertiser Press Releases:

Sika Sarnafil announces Roofing Contractor of the Year Competition winners.
Green Living Technologies Canada Professional Installer Certification Program has been scheduled.
LiveRoof ® Brings James Greenhouses in Georgia into its National Network of Licensed Regional Growers for the LiveRoof ® Hybrid Green Roof System.

Tremco Incorporated Headquarters Achieves LEED Gold Certification.

Joblinks

Etera is looking for a Sales Support Coordinator in Mt. Vernon, Washington, USA.

–  Industry News

– Building on their 2011 Strategic Agenda, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program is pleased to unveil their new website and to announce the availability of technical assistance to 10-20 partner communities. The first opportunity they are announcing is the direct assistance from EPA to facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality. Technical assistance will be provided through EPA contract support, and will be directed to watersheds/sewersheds with significant water quality degradation associated with urban stormwater.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

–  Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “dc greenworks Has a New Website!,” “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 11:   “GreenRoofs in Australasia”  by Matthew Dillon,” “Greenroofs.com’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: February 17th, 2012,” and “Call for Papers for CitiesAlive 2012!”

– “Upcoming Events“

– February 27th-28th: is the 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, TX.

– “In the News“

–  Kevin Collison of The Kansas City Star, reports on “Brad Pitt’s foundation to help redevelop Bancroft School.” Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation is reaching out beyond New Orleans to Kansas City to renovate the long-closed 103-year-old Bancroft School and turn it into 29 affordable apartments with a 6,250 sq ft community center. A new 21-apartment building is also in the works. And, there will be a secure garage for 50 vehicles that will have its own greenroof.

Bancroft renovation supporters say this could be a good model for how to redevelop other closed schools. This project will be built to LEED Platinum environmental standards and marks the first major project to be built in the Green Impact Zone. President of the Historic Manheim Neighborhood Association, Sandra Hayes, said “this project will help because it will become a community campus with the Truman Medical Center programs, senior activities, day care, job training, arts and crafts – that will change the whole fabric of the neighborhood.” Hopefully this is just the first of many green renovations to help communities around our country.

– PRWeb announces “Brooklyn Grange To Build A Rooftop Farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yards: World’s Largest Rooftop Farm To Add Second, Larger Location in Spring 2012.” New York City’s first commercial rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange, will be installing a 45,000 sq ft productive greenroof on Building No. 3, 63 Flushing Avenue, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The Green Infrastructure Grant from the Department of Environmental Protection will be contributing the funding of this project in large part; and staying in line with the DEP’s mission to reduce combined sewage overflow and improve water quality in New York City, this second location will more than double the current farm’s acre of growing space and manage more than one million gallons of stormwater. Brooklyn Grange will work with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and City Growers, the farm’s educational non-profit, to create training programs, community partnerships and provide fresh produce, like heirloom tomatoes, herbs, peppers, kale, and more to the surrounding area.

–  To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

–   Send us your green articles, videos and images to  editor@greenroofs.com and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

– Make sure to keep up with everything  Greenroofs.com by following us on  Twitter, liking us on  Facebook,  being a member of our network on  LinkedIn, and  subscribing to our  greenroofsTV channel on YouTube!

– This has been This Week in Review for February 24th, 2012 on   GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

*This week’s episode is sponsored by  The Greenroof Directory, brought to you by  Greenroofs.com.*

Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 11: GreenRoofs in Australasia by Matthew Dillon

February 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

Today we have the pleasure to air Matthew Dillon’s “GreenRoofs in Australasia” from our inaugural  2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit on greenroofs.tv and our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Matthew is a hoot of a straight-shootin’ Aussie – a great guy with a dry sense of humor and passion for promoting greenroofs within Australia and New Zealand with  GreenRoofs Australasia (formerly Green Roofs Australia).    Supported by the City of Sydney, last November they presented the 5th National Greening Cities Conference, in Sydney, Australia.

“Green Roofs Australia is a not-for-profit membership organization with an elected committee that draws together the various governmental, organizational and business groups and individuals interested in being kept informed about green roof science, technology, practice, regulations and specifications.” ~  GreenRoofs Australasia

Although we had corresponded,  Aramis and I  finally  met him in Mexico City in October, 2010, when we both spoke at the WGIN Mexico City World Green Roof Congress – El Congreso Mundial de Azoteas Verdes México 2010  (see Reflections of Fall 2010 Greenroof Conferences: Mexico City, Part 1).

Not only did Mathew present at our inaugural Virtual Summit,  GreenRoofs Australasia supported our efforts and was represented in our Associates Pavilion at the  Expo.

We had the extreme pleasure of seeing him again and meeting  his beautiful girlfriend last December in Philadelphia as well.   Here are Aramis and Matt at the Closing Party from CitiesAlive in Philly:

Matthew Dillon hails from Newtown, Australia and since 1980 has expanded his architectural discipline to also encompass interior architecture, sustainable building design, landscape design, public sculpture and green infrastructure for the built form.  He is the current vice president of GreenRoofs Australasia and a member of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), being primarily focused on advocacy to promote the industry.

In his “GreenRoofs in Australasia” video (where he is joined briefly by his four-legged best friend), Matthew says, “As the impacts of climate change have now become a significant political issue and a major public concern in Australia there is a growing support for green infrastructure technology for the built form in urban planning.

“This is a chronological record of the industry in Australia from 1986 – 2011 and the role which GreenRoofs Australasia has played, as the peak body promoting the industry.”

Enjoy!  Visit greenroofs.tv to see “GreenRoofs in Australasia” or click below:

VS2011 Greenroofs Australasia by Matthew Dillon

Watch earlier videos on our exclusive Virtual Summit greenroofs.tv play list, or see the following Virtual Summit videos now available on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

If you’re looking for an overview, make sure to see our  2011 Virtual Summit Highlights video (6:18) and our  2011 Virtual Summit Trailer (2:59).

Check back next week on GreenroofsTV for our 12th installment from the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011!

~ Linda V.

GreenRoofs Australasia’s Greening Cities Conference 2011 in Sydney

October 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm

In case you haven’t already heard, GreenRoofs Australasia (GRA)  invites you to attend their 5th National  Conference in Sydney on November 9 – 12, 2011.

GreenRoofs Australasia

GRA is the peak body for the promotion and dissemination of information on greenroof and greenwall best practice, design, research and technology.  GRA is presenting an impressive list of international and national speakers to educate professionals, academics, councillors, planners, trades and homeowners at this 5th National Conference.

Supported by the City of Sydney, Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Landscape Contractors Australia, Engineers Australia, Nursery & Gardens Industry of Australia, GBCA, “Greening Cities” was chosen as the theme for the conference in order to incorporate many disciplines which are all linked to vegetated systems for urban development.

The primary focus is on greenroof and greenwall systems for the built environment, with the inclusion of the “101 Greenroof Training Workshop”(receiving 4 Formal CPD points from AIA, AILA GBCA), project case studies, research studies, policy outlines, advances in technology and future perspectives on greening cities.

GRA received backing support from the City of Sydney and the National Conference will be held at the  Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.   The new  City of Sydney  Head of Planning, Graham Jahn, will present the 2030 Vision for Sydney and set the theme for Greening Cities.

“Planting on roofs and walls is one of the most innovative, sustainable and rapidly developing disciplines in architecture, landscape design, urban environmental planning, ecology and horticulture.

As the peak body for the green roof & green wall industry in Australasia we are proud to present a distinguished list of leading international & national authorities in their disciplines to present recent projects, design technology, research data and a positive vision for a future of green cities in harmony with nature as a partner.” ~  Greening Cities Conference website

Organizers say it has been their endeavor to provide delegates with a broad international perspective covering Policy / Greenwalls / Greenroofs / Design / Installation / Plant Specifications / and Iconic Projects.

The 4 day  Greening Cities  conference will offer:

November 9:  101 Greenroof Training Workshop (Formal CPD Points)
November 10:   Plenary Conference (AIA, AILA informal points)
November 11:  Plenary Conference
November 12:  Greenroof / Wall Tour of Sydney

International Keynotes

International keynote speakers include Patrick Blanc from Paris, France: Botanist, Author, Environmental Designer of ‘The Vertical Garden’; Dusty Gedge of London, UK: President European Federation of Green Roof Associations, Author, Green Roof Designer; Bruce Hemstock of Vancouver, B.C. Canada: Principal Landscape Architect, Project Manager, PWL Partners P/L Vancouver; and Charles Sinkler of Boston, USA: Principal, Apex Greenroofs.

National Keynotes

Graham Jahn, Architect, Director City Planning for the City of Sydney and  Chris Johnson, the former NSW Government Architect and former Executive Director of the NSW Department of Planning.

Distinguished Speakers

Hon Tom Roper, Warwick Savvas, Rachel Neeson and Sue Barnsley, Mark Paul, Toby Adams and Jason Duda, Graeme Hopkins, Graham Cleary, John Potter, Dr. Khaled Dewidar, Todd Layt, Penelope Smith, Renee Davies, Robyn Simcock, Robert Griffith, and  Sidonie Carpenter.

Read about all of the speakers here.

Here’s another wonderful conference we won’t be able to make this year – perhaps the next time!  We know it’s going to be awesome with the lovely Sidonie Carpenter, GreenRoofs Australasia President, and the entertaining Matthew Dillon,  GreenRoofs Australasia Vice President and Conference Chairman leading the charge.

If you attended our inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011, I know you enjoyed Matt‘s lively presentation “GreenRoofs in Australasia.”

Again, if you’re going, we invite you to write about it and share your visit with the Greenroofs.com readership.

For complete conference information, and to register visit www.greenroofsaustralasia.com.au.

Happy travels Down Under!

Linda V.