Watch “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 from our Virtual Summit 2013

January 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

In anticipation of Greenroofs.com‘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 the Panel Session “La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain” with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán- Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer.

VS2013 Agricultura Urbana Panel in Spanish - Click to learn more!

Presented in Spanish, the topic of the panel will concentrate on Urban Agriculture in Spain and Latin America. In Mexico City, Tanya Muller Garci­a, Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District, Founder of AMENA – Asociacion Mexicana para la Naturacion de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and former Vice President of World Green Infrastructure Network leads this panel with Dr. Gilberto Navas of the Chapingo Autonomous University along with their colleagues in Madrid, Spain:  Dr. Julian Briz of PRONATUR – Sociedad Espanola para la Naturacion Urbana, Dr. Jose Maria Duran-Altisent of the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Agronomos (ETSIA) at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Dr. Isabel de Felipe of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Joaquin Sicilia of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura.

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Mexico City, Mexico.  Tanya Müller García is the Secretary of the Environment for Mexico City, Federal District. Tanya is one of the pioneers who championed and lobbied in favor of green roofs in Mexico, and has participated as a consultant for the major green roof projects in the country. In 2005 she founded AMENA – Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (National Mexican Greenroof Association), and was Vice President of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) for several years.

Tanya is an agricultural engineer with a Master’s degree in Urban Agriculture from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Formerly, she was Director of Urban Reforestation and Bikeways for the City of Mexico, including greenroofs and walls within the Green Plan of Mexico and the development of the public bike sharing system Ecobici. Read her bio in Spanish.

Mexico City, Mexico.  Gilberto Navas, PhD, is a researcher from the Chapingo Autonomous University, founding member of the Asociación Mexicana para la Naturación de Azoteas (AMENA), and advisor to several companies and the local government of Mexico City. Gilberto is an Agricultural Doctor from the Humboldt University Berlin. Read his bio in Spanish.

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Julian Briz is Professor em. Polytechnic University of Madrid, President of PRONATUR – Sociedad Española para la Naturación Urbana (Spanish Society for Urban Greening), and a member of the board of directors of WGIN.  He is the editor and co-author of numerous articles and books including Naturación Urbana: Cubiertas Ecológicas (Urban Greening: Ecological Covers) 2nd edition, 2004.  Julian is also the director and coordinator of several projects and PhD theses on greening cities.  He has a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master of Science from the University of Minnesota. Read his bio in Spanish

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. José María Durán-Altisent is a university professor assigned to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos (ETSIA) – Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineers – at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.  When they built the first green terrace at ETSIA, he helped to design the system temperature sensors, control algorithms and data transmission (LabView®, National Instruments) that was installed on the first ecological experimental terrace, with the aim to check which system of the over fifty installed was best suited.  For over five years he contributed to the management of the application that generated the data to the various companies that contributed to the project PRONATUR.  José María has a PhD in Agronomy from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Read his bio in Spanish.

Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Isabel de Felipe is Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, board member of PRONATUR, co-author of the book Naturación Urbana, participant in several national and international congresses on green cities, and member of research projects on green cities.  Isabel has a PhD in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. Read her bio in Spanish.

Zaragoza, Spain.  Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer is an architect, and founder and CEO of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. Joaquin’s ideology is based on the interaction and coordination of different worlds and disciplines as a basis for thinking or create architecture that can achieve the quality of life of its users. In 1995 he founded FUNDACIÓN “AL SUR” (To the South Foundation), a multidisciplinary group related to environmental and landscape engineering as well as cultural issues pertaining to population movements and migration. Joaquin is a member of the Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (Ecology and Development Foundation) and PRONATUR where in 2011 he served as Technical Director. Currently he is the Vice President of PRONATUR. A few of his projects include the greening of: former farmland for the Thermal Garden Spa of Sicily; open spaces within the new Zaragoza Municipal Football Stadium; Vertical Garden in the Zaragoza Delicias Neighborhood, named one of the Best Top 10 European Spaces in 2010; a new agro-urban neighborhood “ATALAYA” in Zaragoza; and a new eco-city in Kassala, Sudan. Read his bio in Spanish. ~ VS2013   

Watch “La Agricultura Urbana en Iberoamérica y España” – “Urban Agriculture in Ibero-America and Spain” Panel Session in Spanish with Dr. Julian Briz, Dr. José María Durán-Altisent, Dr. Isabel de Felipe, Tanya Müller García, Dr. Gilberto Navas, and Joaquin Sicilia Carnicer 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 Greenroofs.com 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:

Green Roofs & Solar: Double Your Benefits! Collaborative Video by Jörg Breuning and Ryan Miller.

Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates by Dr. Tobias Emilsson.

Naturación Urbana en España – Urban Greening in Spain Collaborative Video with 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

“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.