Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio to Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

July 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

CitiesAlive 2018

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio is a keynote at CitiesAlive 2018 in New York from September 24-28.

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the theme of the event is Green Infrastructure: Designing the Future of ResilienceCitiesAlive 2018 will explore topics like flood management, biodiversity, biophilic design, urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new performance metrics, advancements in green infrastructure policy and regulations and new research findings.

Susannah Drake stands out in the design industry as a forward thinker and leader in urban design.  With professional design qualifications in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Susannah amalgamates ecology, infrastructure and aesthetically pleasing designs in every project she works on.  In 2005, Susannah founded DLANDstudio, a multidisciplinary firm made up of scientists, urban designers, graphic designers, architects and landscape architects based in Brooklyn, NY.

The award-winning and internationally recognized firm designs multifunctional landscape systems to address urban challenges and create more resilient spaces.

DLANDstudio recently designed an open space unlike any other, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park in New York.  Bordered by industrial buildings and residential neighborhoods, the Gowanus canal has accumulated pollution and toxins over the past few decades.  DLANDstudio’s master plan for the canal will connect public and private lands, include recreational spaces running the length of the canal and connective stitching between land and water.  The revitalization of the canal is especially impressive as it has been designed to be a working landscape that will continue to improve the environment of the canal over time.

Another notable project of DLANDstudio is a linear park planned for Queens.  The 60-year old abandoned Rockaway Long Island Railroad (LIRR) was the center of debate for a number of years.  The project, similar to the High Line, presents an opportunity for outdoor classrooms for neighboring schools and the potential for economic growth.  It will also reduce car dependency in the area, with more than 100,000 people living within a 10-minute walk of the QueensWay.  DLANDstudio will bring its multidisciplinary approach to create a landscape that fosters community engagement and is ecologically productive.

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudio is a keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

Along with esteemed Susannah Drake, CitiesAlive 2018 features over 80 expert speakers, a trade show, networking events, guided local tours and training opportunities.

For more information on CitiesAlive 2018 and to register, visit citiesalive.org.

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Susannah C. Drake of DLANDstudios is a Keynote at CitiesAlive 2018

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC!

June 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

CitiesAlive is a Forum for Innovation and Solutions to Urban Challenges

What is the future of our city regions?  Will they be unbearably hot and regularly flooded by intense rains and high tides?  Will they be increasingly unhealthy and more divided between ‘us and them’?  Will there be a lack of green space and job opportunities?

Brought to you by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, CitiesAlive provides green infrastructure solutions to urban challenges by bringing together designers, researchers, contractors, manufacturers, and policymakers.  Discover how to shape a healthier, more resilient future in NYC this September.

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

Register before June 29, 2018 to save at Citiesalive.org!

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

On September 25 CitiesAlive is hosting an Emerging Professionals Day.  Comprehensive training courses offer recent graduates the opportunity to enhance their skills and industry professionals the chance to earn CEUs.  Courses such as Green Roof Design & installation, Advanced Green Roof Maintenance, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, and Green Walls 101 offer the most up to date technical information taught by subject matter experts.

In the evening, attend the CitiesAlive Opening Plenary and Reception.  Rafael Espinal, New York City District 37 Council Member, and Alan Steel, President and CEO of the Javits Center, will discuss the future of green roof implementation and policy in New York City.

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After the Opening Plenary, join attendees on the trade show floor for the Opening Reception.  Enjoy food and drink while connecting with old colleagues and meeting emerging professionals.  Following the reception, LAND8 is hosting an emerging professional happy hour at Kings Beer Hall.  The event is free to attend, but CitiesAlive registrants receive drink tickets.  For those not attending CitiesAlive, there will be a cash bar.

Kings Beer Hall offers over 30 international draft beers and a growing selection of domestic and imported in cans and bottles.  The bar has a pool table, air hockey, beer pong and other arcade games because there is no better ice-breaker than some healthy competition.

On Wednesday, September 26, the Morning Plenary and Keynote will discuss critical green infrastructure investments that will protect New York City as extreme weather events become more common.  The over 80 expert speakers in the technical sessions explore topics like flood management, biodiversity, biophilic design, urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new performance metrics, advancements in green infrastructure policy and regulations, and new research findings.  Engage in an open discussion with industry leaders in new interactive sessions.  Green roof and wall designers, contractors, waterproofing experts and urban agriculture innovators tell all and answer questions from the audience.

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

Following a reception on the trade show floor attend the Sightseeing Social on the Hudson, a scenic cruise organized by the 2018 Local Host Committee.  Soak in views of Lower Manhattan and Lady Liberty from the water while enjoying delicious food and bottomless drinks.  CitiesAlive delegates receive a discounted ticket price to the event.

On Thursday, September 27, attend the Morning Keynote and technical sessions.  Outstanding projects will be recognized during the Awards of Excellence Ceremony.  The CitiesAlive Closing Reception will be held at Brooklyn Grange in partnership with Agritecture.  Enjoy delicious locally sourced food, and drinks on the famous Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm!

Guided Tours

On Friday, September 28, explore the best green infrastructure projects in New York City by taking part in one of the many CitiesAlive guided tours!  Explore the expertly designed new Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn.  The office is a biophilic masterpiece prioritizing employee comfort.  The space features over 11,000 plants and a unique rainwater harvesting system for irrigation.

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

The Javits Convention Center boasts the second largest green roof of its kind in the United States.  Take a tour of the iconic structure and learn about a host of sustainable upgrades that have helped to reduce its energy consumption by more than 25% and transform it into a sanctuary for 26 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honey bees.  (They harvest their own honey, too!)

All tours are guided by experts from the design team and offer exclusive insight into the project.  For more information on tours visit citiesalive.org/tours/.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

All programming and the trade show take place at the stunning New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  Stay close to the action and take advantage of the special room rate for CitiesAlive attendees, only $309 USD per night!

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

Early Bird Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

Don’t miss the Early Bird Registration by June 29, 2018.

For more information on speakers, events, and the venue visit citiesalive.org

CitiesAlive Conference is pending approval for up to 11 Continuing Education / Professional Development Hours by LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, APLD and RCI.

 

~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC)

Registration Is Now Open for CitiesAlive 2018 in NYC

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence.

Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Steven Peck, GRHC founder and president at speck@greenroofs.org and 416-971-4494 x 233.

Video & Project of the Week for October 5, 2015: High Line

October 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 10/05/15

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High Line: Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3
New York, NY, USA
~300,313 sq. ft. Greenroof

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Project Description & Details

An ambitious and highly acclaimed urban reclamation project created in three phases over a period of eight years, the award-winning High Line is noted for its innovative design and sustainability. Located in New York City’s Meatpacking District and Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the length of the High Line traverses 23 uninterrupted city blocks, 30 feet in the air, with expansive views of New York City and the Hudson River. At a total of 1.45 miles the High Line is considered the “longest greenroof” in the world to date.

The former abandoned elevated railway was championed by the non-profit group “Friends of the High Line” and designed by the landscape architecture firm of James Corner Field Operations and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro with planting design from Piet Oudolf and engineering design by Buro Happold. ZinCo USA provided the technical basis for all the green roof design concepts in terms of plants, walkways, and leisure areas with Floradrain® drainage elements and ZinCoblend M growing medium.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Phase 1 was completed in 2009 and starts at the Gansevoort Stair. Features include the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook passing through the Gansevoort Woodland; Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature; Chelsea Market Passage; Northern Spur Reserve; 10th Avenue Square and Overlook; Plaza and Woodland; Washington Grasslands; 14th Street Passage; and the Chelsea Grasslands.

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Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

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Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Phase 2 was completed in 2011 and features include the Chelsea Thicket; Wildflower Field; 23rd Street Lawn; Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover; and the 26th Street Viewing Spur.

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Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

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Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Completed in 2014, Phase 3 picks up around the far west side of the Hudson Yards to West 34th Street across from the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Features include the Pershing Square Beams; Interim Walkway; and the CSX Transportation Gate.

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Phase 2; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

One of the most expensive parks ever constructed, the High Line is also one of Manhattan’s most popular destinations and receives 5 million visitors per year. From an overgrown abandoned railroad trestle to a delightful changing panorama of self-seeded landscape and re-introduced indigenous vegetation, original and restored rails, and contemporary artwork to a wide variety of places for relaxation and enjoyment, the iconic High Line is dearly loved as a remarkable landscaped city park in the air.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Find more photos and additional information on each profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database: Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3.

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Year: 2009, 2011 and 2014
Owner: City of New York
Location: New York, NY, USA
Building Type: Park
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: ~300,313 sq. ft
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©Steven L. Cantor, Landscape Architect, New York City.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Landscape Architect: James Corner Field Operations
Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Planting Design: Piet Oudolf
Engineering: Buro Happold
Greenroof System: ZinCo USA
Greenroof Installation: Kelco Landscaping
General Contractor: KiSKA Construction
Construction Management: SiteWorks Landscape & Lend Lease

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Phase 1; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

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Phase 3; Photo Courtesy of and ©ZinCo.

Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the High Line Project of the Week Video below or see it on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube:

Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profiles: Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3.

Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

~ Linda V.

Don’t Miss the Last Early Bird Discount for 2015 CitiesAlive Ending This Friday, September 18!

September 16, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Last Chance for the CitiesAlive 2015 in NYC Early Bird Discount Plus the Exclusive Hotel Rate!

Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) for the 13th time, the 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference in Brooklyn is just around the corner!  Have you finalized all of your plans yet?  Most importantly, have you registered?

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Don’t forget to:

Register before September 18th for the Last Early Bird Discount  + Special Hotel Rate!

That’s this Friday!

As usual, CitiesAlive is going to be a great event with tons of activities, learning, networking, and just plain fun.  And you can’t get a better city than New York to accommodate it all!

GRHC has done a great job in putting all of this together.  Join over 60 expert speakers in the field of sustainability examining themes of resilience including:

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BILL BROWNING
Terrapin partner and co-founder Bill Browning has received this year’s Design for Humanity Award, presented by the American Society for Interior Designers.
Bill Browning will be featured at CitiesAlive as a keynote speaker. His address will inform you about the science of biophilic design and how living architecture contributes to productivity, health, and happiness.
BIRGIT SIBER
Birgit Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects where sustainable design is central to her work. She incorporated the first large scale living wall biofilter at the University of Guelph-Humber.
Along with Alan Darlington, Founder and Vice President of Nedlaw Living Walls, Birgit will explore the design, functionality, and return on investment of living wall biofilters.
BRUCE FOWLE
Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE in 1978 and has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and  environmentally responsible architecture and planning.
Using the renovation and expansion of the Javits Center as a case study, Bruce will discuss the complexity of choreographing the updating of the building systems.

I would be pretty amiss if I also didn’t say to please come and see our Design Editor Haven Kiers and my presentation at CitiesAlive – our annual Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design for 2015 .  We’ll be releasing the Greenroofs.com 2015 Top 10 List Press Release soon, so stay tuned for that, too:

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LINDA S. VELAZQUEZ
Linda Velazquez, ASLA, GRP, LEED AP, is the founder and publisher of Greenroofs.com (1999) and the principal of Sky Gardens Design. Greenroofs.com publishes The Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database, The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory, and the GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube. Greenroofs.com produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2015, 2013, 2011).
HAVEN KIERS
Haven Kiers, MLA, LEED AP, GRP, designs and presents nationally about greenroofs and is a founding partner of GreenSwell Design and Planning. She is a trainer with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities where she facilitates the Green Roof 101, 201, & 401 Courses. Haven also teaches courses at the University of California, Davis. Haven is the Design Editor on Greenroofs.com (2005).

Other activities at CitiesAlive include:

A la carte Registration to fit your schedule
Attend exclusive networking Events like a rooftop dinner and a networking cruise
Receive a special discounted rate for On-Site Accommodations
Discover products and people at the Trade Show
Cutting-edge Training opportunities
Full show Program available for details.

And, check out just some of these awesome CitiesAlive tours on Wednesday, October 7:

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L – R Photos: Mark Morrison; Art Elmers; David Sundberg.

Visionaire Rooftop
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29
1 Hotel Central Park
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Roof
Wednesday October 7th
3pm – 5pm: $29
Attend this unique tour of a roof terrace designed by Mark K. Morrison Landscape Architecture, located on the 35th floor of a LEED Platinum-certified condominium in lower Manhattan. This project features a large potager vegetable garden with vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees as well as a cold frame for year round harvest, an herb garden in a knot design, and a patch for berries. Visit this new green hotel on Sixth Avenue just one block from Central Park in the heart of Manhattan and explore the inner workings of the efficiency irrigation and fertilization system installed by Netafim that supports a three-story exterior living wall.  Other eco-friendly design features, including the use of reclaimed and natural materials throughout the hotel, reflect 1 Hotel’s commitment to sustainability.
Visit the Javits Convention Center, home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the USA installed by Xeroflor. This 292,000 square foot rooftop has been transformed into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York. A recent study found that the roof has attracted nearly a dozen different species of birds who are using the green roof for nesting and breeding.

And these tours on Thursday, October 8:

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L – R Photos: Greensulate; Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies; Barbara Norman.

Regis High School
Thursday October 8th
3pm – 5pm: $29
Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies
Thursday October 8th
3pm – 5pm: $29
PS41 – The Greenwich Village School Green Roof, Thursday October 8th, 3pm – 5pm: $29
Explore one of New York City’s largest green roofs with this exclusive tour of Regis High School’s rooftop gardens. Tucked away above Regis’ stately, landmark designated facade, this mini-ecosystem includes native grasses, solar panels, an observatory, apiaries, and herb gardens that supply the school’s cafeteria. Joining us to discuss the design and the environmental benefits of the green roof will be Alexander Roth, Greensulate’s lead landscape designer. The Tour will conclude with a small wine reception. The Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies at P.S. 333, The Manhattan School for Children, is a rooftop environmental education greenhouse, producing hydroponically grown vegetables on the Upper West Side. The project was designed by NY Sun Works, a non-profit organization that builds hydroponic science labs in urban schools. It provides science and sustainability education for approximately 150 K-8th grade students every day. The GELL Project Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory is the first green roof installed by the New York City Department of School Construction Authority (SCA). A 15,000 sq. ft. LiveRoof system covers the building with a wide variety of sedums and New York native plants. The tour will be led by science teacher and project founder Vicki Sando, who will discuss navigating the design process, funding, and construction of this $2 million-dollar project along with how the green roof is integrated into the curriculum.

See all of the tour descriptions at CitiesAlive here.

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And, don’t miss the Closing Dinner on Wednesday October 5th which is sure to be an outstanding event, courtesy of Rooflite, on the Brooklyn Grange Roof Farm #1.

CHECK OUT THE FULL PROGRAM ONLINE AT http://citiesalive.org/.

We here at Greenroofs.com hope to see you next month at CitiesAlive 2015!

~ Linda V.