Watch the Short Speaker Teaser for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit!

April 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Watch our Short Speaker Teaser for the
2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit:
Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture
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Just over 3 minutes long, our 2017 Virtual Summit Speaker Teaser video gives you a sneak preview of our 4 awesome Keynotes: Emilio Ambasz, Patrick Blanc, Stephen Ritz, and Joanne Rodriguez – plus just a handful of our 30+ wonderful Speakers!

Produced by Greenroofs.com, the 2017 Virtual Summit opens on April 9 with the live portion running through April 30, with all of the videos on demand until December 31, 2017.

Make sure to join us live for Facebook video Q & A streams and on Twitter over the Long Earth Day Weekend, April 21st, 22nd, & 23rd. Watch and participate in our live events!

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Register today to see some spectacular People, Projects & Design at our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture – you’ve got to admit the fees are super low:

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit on April 9th through the 30th – and on demand through December, 2017!

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Project of the Week for December 12, 2016: One Central Park

December 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

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Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/12/16

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One Central Park
Sydney, Australia
12,917 sf. Greenroof & Greenwalls

Publisher’s Note: We are showcasing One Central Park again as our Project of the Week in honor and remembrance of Caroline Menetre Totten, who passed away in October. She was a huge fan of its vertical gardens designer, Patrick Blanc, and you can see Caroline introducing Patrick in the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 video: The Vertical Garden – from Nature to Cities: An Interview with Patrick Blanc.

Project of the Week Mini Description & Details

Designed by Jean Nouvel with collaborating architect PTW, Sydney’s new urban renewal and development project is Central Park in the Central Business District, spanning 5.8 hectares. Previously located on an industrial site, the mixed use development encompasses retail, commercial, residential, and community spaces including the huge public park in its center. Social and environmental initiatives underpin One Central Park‘s unique design with parkland where there previously was none; now approximately 64,000 square meters of landscaped areas, including the spectacular vertical gardens designed by Patrick Blanc, have become a significant contribution to the area and a worthy ‘new southern gateway’ to Sydney’s CBD.

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

The innovative two towers feature ground-breaking architectural elements including the 42-meter cantilevered Sky Garden / Heliostat with 320 glittering reflectors below the 100 meter high greenroof, plus the highest greenwalls currently in the world at 150 meters high. The vertical gardens use Patrick Blanc’s hydroponic Le Mur Vegetal system, interspersed in 23 various sized panels across the facades of the two towers, spanning over 1000 square meters. Also, Jakob Rope Systems trellising from planter boxes were placed all around the building, encompassing about 7 kilometers for climbers and trailing plants. Plants chosen needed to be able to withstand great drying winds and strong sun on top to more shade on the lower areas close to the street. 350 different species of plants were used in the green walls alone, including 250+ native Australian species.

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Year: 2013
Owner: Frasers Property & Sekuisi House
Location: Sydney, Australia
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Living Walls, Green Facades & Greenroof
System: Custom
Size: 12,917 sq.ft.
Slope: 100% and 2%
Access: Exterior is Accessible, Open to Public; Interior is Inaccessible

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Design Architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Architect of Record: PTW Architects
Greenwall Designer: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Vegetal (Vertical Garden)
Wire Trellis System: Jakob Rope Systems
Jakob Rope Systems Supplier/Design & Installation: Tensile Design & Construct
Light Artist: Yann Kersale
Construction: Watpac
Photography/Images: Patrick Blanc, Jean Nouvel, & via Frasers Property & Sekuisi House: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

Project of Week One Central Park Patrick Blanc Caroline Menetre

View the One Central Park PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Come to Bogota for the 2016 WGIC: Awards Program & Early Bird Discount Due This Friday!

August 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

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Have you taken advantage of the Early Bird Discount Registration for the 2016 World Green Infrastructure Congress (2016 WGIC), held in beautiful Bogotá on October 19 – 21, 2016?  Don’t miss out on the savings ending this Friday!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 19, 2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

And, have you entered your projects in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards yet?  Organized by RECIVE, WGIN, and partner universities, THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is open to institutions, designers, researchers, and students in various categories.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Award Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)

Join colleagues and industry professionals from across the world in the very green capital of Bogotá, Colombia, this fall for the 2016 WGIC to gather and talk about the positive impact of green infrastructure on urban environmental quality and on the well-being of people who live in cities.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Presented by the Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE (Red Colombiana de Infraestructura Vegetada) alongside the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), the World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

This year, Bogotá has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China, and Mexico.  The World Green Infrastructure Network appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300,000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Located at 8,600 feet above sea level in the geographical center of the country, and with approximately 7.6 million people living in its metropolitan area, Bogotá is by far the biggest urban center of the country and the sixth biggest city in Latin America.  Colombia is considered a diverse country given its culture, geography, and rich history making it a unique and genuine travel destination.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

The congress venue will be the new convention center, CONNECTA, a 250,000 m2 green city within the megacity of Bogotá.  With many buildings having received LEED Gold certification, CONNECTA introduces the concept of “business ecosystem” in Colombia: a working environment that fosters well-being and follows cutting-edge green design – covered with greenroofs!

“During the two days of lectures and discussions, the leading experts will show the most successful applications of green infrastructure in the world, the best research initiatives, the most outstanding projects, the latest technologies and the most recent incentive-oriented policies for building greening. On the third day, the congress audience will go to strategic places of Bogotá with the international experts. In this guided tours the visitors will be able to know in detail the best projects of green roofs and living walls, unique local flora and ecosystems, and local communities that do urban farming on the roofs of their houses.” ~ WGIC2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

WGIC 2016 Highlights

Key Facts:

More than 30 speakers; More than 20 international speakers; 400 – 500 attendees; Trade Fair with 25 stands; First World Green Congress in South America; Technical, Social and Environmental Tours; Green Awards in four categories; Business Roundtables; Technical and Commercial Lectures.

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Congress Topics:

City Greening and Cultural Services – Technonatures: Technique and Installation – Policy and Economics of Green – Supporting Services Come to Town – Regulating Services in the New Eco-urban – Provisioning Services in the New Eco-urban – Project and Design: Rethinking Green – International Case Studies – After Green: Future Trends – Latin American Green.

Keynotes and Speakers:

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L to R: James Ramsey, Patrick Blanc, Manfred Köhler, and Dusty Gedge.

You’ll hear from awesome international presenters including WGIC 2016 co-organizer Andrés Ibañez (RECIVE and the Latin America Green Infrastructure Network) from Colombia; Mexico City Secretary of Environment Tanya Müller García, Mexico; James Ramsey (The Lowline) from the U.S.; Patrick Blanc (Le Mur Vegetal) from France; Manfred Köhler (World Green Infrastructure Network) from Germany; Dusty Gedge (European Federation of Green Roof Associations -EFB- and livingroofs.org) from the UK; Steven Peck (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities) from Canada; me (Greenroofs.com) from the U.S. – plus many more!

See the full, jam-packed Agenda.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards:

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards is a world-class competition that selects and promotes the best projects of Green Infrastructure that interface nature and man-made environment at any scale from micro to macro: objects, products, furniture, buildings, parks, master plans, green belts, bioswales, man-made wetlands, etc.

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Competition Tracks:

Environment: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Community: Projects built in the last 3 years. Track open to professionals and institutions.
Design: Concept designs or full designs proposed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.
Research and Innovation: Research Projects completed in the last 3 years. Track open to students, professionals or institutions.

Each track has two categories:

Global: Projects and authors from all countries except Latin American. Submission information must be in English.
Latin America: Projects and authors from Latin America. Submission information may be in English or Spanish.

All proposals submitted by students will be evaluated separately from the applications submitted by professionals and institutions.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline: August 19, 2016 (World Humanitarian Day)
Announcement of Winners: September 22 (World Car Free Day)
Awards Ceremony: October 20, World Green Infrastructure Congress 2016, Bogotá, Colombia.

If you have a great project located anywhere in the world that fits the requirements of these categories, we strongly encourage you to participate in THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

“The congress will place Bogotá at the core of the latest urban environmental themes, with an agenda that goes beyond climate change. Experts and audience will discuss the urban transformation resulting from the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure: air purification, flood risk reduction, noise absorption, food production, generation of clean energy, mitigation of heat island effect, increase of natural habitat for species in risk of extinction, connection of local ecosystems with urban green belts, and creation of green areas for human recreation and contemplation.

These themes will open up a new chapter in the development of our cities towards eco-productive architecture and incremental urbanism.” ~ WGIC2016

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

More info:

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Visit: http://www.wgicbogota2016.com/ or contact: info@recive.org.

Don’t miss out on learning about green infrastructure and being a part of the bustling, musical, and magical Bogotá where warm hospitality mixes with modern and traditional every day – and don’t miss either the Early Bird Registration OR the Submission Deadline for THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards ending this Friday, August 19th!

2016 WGIC Bogota THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards and Registration Deadline

Aramis and I will be here in Bogotá, where I’ll be presenting and also have the privilege of being one of the jurors for THE-NEXT-GREEN Awards.  We hope you will, too.

~ Saludos!

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Project of the Week for March 14, 2016: Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

March 14, 2016 at 8:01 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/14/16

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Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden
Madrid, Spain
6,458 sf. Greenwall

Project of the Week Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

Project of the Week Description & Details

Situated in the heart of the Madrid’s cultural district, the Caixa Forum Museum is a modern art gallery and a refurbished 1899 power station. Located on the Avenida Prado across from the Prado Museum and botanical gardens, and in close proximity to the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums, exhibitions feature works from the foundation’s permanent collection (some 700 pieces by artists from the 1980s to the present), as well as temporary displays from other museums and foundations.

Designed and created by Patrick Blanc, the Le Mur Végétal hydroponic living wall faces the adjacent square and is accessible to the public who can walk up to touch and explore over 15,000 plantings. Nearly 300 different species were chosen by Patrick Blanc who had to keep in mind Madrid’s very demanding seasons – very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The automated irrigation and fertilization system is zoned at different heights. Species include Dianthus deltoids, Lonicera nitida, Yucca filamentosa, Cistus purpureus, Cedrus deodara, Pilosella aurantiaca, Arenaria montana, Bergenia cordifolia, Cornus sanguinea, Lonicera pileata, Sedum alpestre, Campanula takesimana, Garrya elliptica, and different Begonias.

Year: 2007
Owner: Caixa Foundation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Museum
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 6,458 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Project of the Week Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

Project of the Week Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Greenwall Designer & Installation: Patrick Blanc
Greenwall System: Le Mur Végétal
General Contractor: Ferrovial Agroman
Greenwall Consultant: Benavides & Lapèrche
Irrigation Installation & Maintenance: Isla Verde

Project of the Week Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

View the PROJECT PROFILE to see ALL of the Photos and Additional Information about this particular project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Thank you to PRONATUR for supplying project information!

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