Watch “A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain” by Dr. Alan Darlington and Nacho Solano from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

In anticipation of‘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 “A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain” by Dr. Alan Darlington of NEDLAW Living Walls and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano of Paisajismo Urbano.


Alan Darlington will present “Indoor Air Biofilters.” The indoor air biofilter is an interior plantscape that can effectively remove common indoor contaminants and improves the living environment. It represents the hybridization of science, art and engineering to deal with real problems of indoor air quality in an aesthetic and sustainable manner. The NEDLAW Living Wall™ is the result of close to 20 years of university research. At first glance, the biofilter appears as a vertical hydroponic green wall containing a wide range of foliage plants specifically selected for each site.

However, the plant wall is actually an integrated part of the air handling system for the building. Air is actively forced through the wall of plants and highly specialized biological components actively degrade pollutants such formaldehyde and benzene in the air into their benign constituents of water and carbon dioxide. The clean air is then distributed throughout the building, greatly improving the building performance. This presentation will outline the science and engineering behind the biofilters and their impact on the indoor space as well as issues related to design and integration into the built environment.


Nacho Solano will share the history of Paisajismo Urbano in Spanish with English subtitles and how the love of plants has been transformed into one of the leading companies in our sector worldwide. Over 14 years of work have resulted in the seamless integration between urban spaces and nature, received due to a combination of biology, botany, engineering, design and a patented formula which combines fungi and bacteria, ensuring complete success on site. Come and discover his interviews with rare footage and follow this firm which is synonymous with experience and expertise in the world of advanced vertical gardening.

Nacho Solano hablará sobre Paisajismo Urbano. Conoceremos mejor la historia de Paisajismo Urbano y de como el amor por las plantas ha conseguido transformarse en una de las empresas referencia del sector a nivel mundial. Mas de 14 años de trabajo han dado como resultado la integración perfecta entre espacios urbanos y naturaleza conseguida gracias a una combinación de biología, botánica, ingeniería, diseño y una formula patentada que combina hongos y bacterias asegurando un éxito total en las instalaciones. Entra y descubre entrevistas, material inedito y como formar parte de esta empresa, sinónimo de experiencia y profesionalidad en el mundo de la jardinería vertical avanzada.

Here’s more:

NachoSolanoandAlanDarlingtonS. Breslau, Canada. Dr. Alan Darlington is Principal of NEDLAW Living Walls. Alan was awarded his PhD investigating the interaction between plants and their physical environment from the University of Guelph. Alan has received a number of awards for academic and entrepreneurial accomplishments and is the ‘inventor’ of a number of patents integral to the application of plant based biofilters to the indoor space which has been his area of interest since 1994. Since 2004, his companies have installed close to 200 biofilters across North America. In 2005, he was named by Outdoor Magazine as one of the 25 top true believers in the environmental movement for his work with plant biofilters.

Alan is also part of the “Environmental Healing through Phytoremediation – Chapter 1” Panel Session, to be shown at a later date.

Alicante, Spain. Ignacio (Nacho) Solano is a biologist and the founder of Paisajismo Urbano. Based in Spain, Paisajismo Urbano creates vertical ecosystems. Nacho has traveled extensively for botanical research to various forest and jungle environments around the globe. His company has installed over 2,500 m2 of vertical gardens using his patented system throughout Europe and the Americas.

Ignacio Solano Cabello (España, 1976,) es biólogo y fundador de la empresa de creación de ecosistemas verticales Paisajismo Urbano. Ha realizado númerosos viajes de investigación botánica alrededor de diferentes bosques y selvas de todo el mundo y cuenta con más de 2.500 m2 de jardines verticales con patente propia repartidos por Europa y América. ~ VS2013   

Watch “A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain” by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano 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 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:

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

Greenwall Project of the Week for October 7, 2013: Drexel University, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB)

October 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm Project of the Week: October 7, 2013

Drexel University, Papadakis
Integrated Sciences Building (PISB)

Philadelphia, PA, USA

1,752 sq. ft Greenwall


Project Description & Details

The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building provides a gateway landmark building for Drexel University. Designed by Toronto’s Diamond and Schmitt Architects, the building is home to the Biosciences Department and is LEED Gold certified, the first building on campus to achieve LEED certification. The atrium is activated by a four-story spiral staircase that provides open, transparent and convenient connection between disciplines, faculty and students.

Currently North America’s largest living biofilter, a 22 foot wide, 80 foot high indoor air biofilter from Nedlaw Living Walls with 1500 plants is integrated into the building’s air handling system achieving an 80% air quality improvement and 30% reduction in energy consumption. The living wall biologically removes contaminants from the air through the combination of biofiltration and phytoremediation technologies. It is also designed as an integrated component of the teaching program, with faculty and staff using air ports inserted in the wall to sample and analyze the air quality.

Year: 2011
Owner: Drexel University
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1,752 sq. ft
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Building Architect: Diamond & Schmitt Architects
Installation of Botanicals: Parker Urban Greenscapes (division of Parker Interior)
Greenwall Designer, Manufacturer & Supervisor of Installation: Nedlaw Living Walls Inc.
Installation of Infrastructure: AerDux Incorporated
Mechanical Engineering & Lighting: Crossey Engineering Ltd.

Congratulations to Diamond & Schmitt Architects!  They recently won for the Drexel University, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) in the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ 2013 Interior Green Wall Award, 11th Awards of Excellence program.

Click here to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Congrats to the Winners of the 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence

October 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The winners of the  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities  (GRHC) 2012 Green Roof and Wall Awards of Excellence represent some of the finest design teams in North America.  The Awards will be presented at the 10th  Annual CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference  – don’t miss this wonderful recognition event of innovators and leaders in our field!

“Green Roofs for Healthy Cities established the Green Roof Awards of Excellence in 2003 to recognize green roof projects which exhibit extraordinary leadership in integrated design and implementation. The awards also increase general awareness of green roof and green wall infrastructure and its associated public and private benefits, while recognizing the valuable contributions of green roof and green wall design professionals.”  ~  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Here are the 2012 winners:

Green Wall Award
Project: Corus Quay, Toronto, ON
Award Recipients: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Architect) & Nedlaw Living Walls (Green Wall Specialist)

Green Roof – Extensive Institutional
Project: Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma, WA
Award Recipient: Swift Company, LLC (Landscape Architect)

Green Roof – Extensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Halifax, NS
Award Recipient: Lydon Lynch Architects (Architect)

Green Roof – Extensive Residential
Project: The Royal York Condominium, New York, NY
Award Recipient: Town and Gardens Ltd. (Design, Install, and Maintenance)

Green Roof – Intensive Industrial/Commercial
Project: The Ledge Kitchen & Drinks, Dorchester, MA
Award Recipient: Recover Green Roofs, LLC (Design and Install)

Green Roof – Intensive Institutional
Project: Chicago Botanic Garden – Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, Chicago, IL
Award Recipient: Chicago Botanic Garden (Client)

Green Roof – Intensive Residential Award
Project: One Cole, Toronto, ON
Award Recipient: Diamond Schmitt Architects (Architect)

Click here to read all about each GRHC award winner, with photos and background materials.

Visit to learn more and register to learn about the future of green infrastructure and earn credits through LA CES, GBCI, AIA CES, APLD, RCI, and GRHC.

Congratulations to the winners, and  hopefully  I’ll see you in Chicago!

~ Linda V.