Now Playing at the Virtual Summit 2015: “Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by Marc Grañén

May 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm

In celebration of honoring Earth Day 2015 and our planet’s ecology through healthy, regenerative design, we are highlighting each of the 23 awesome videos from our 30+ spectacular speakers from‘s Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design, running through May 31st.


Our hope is that by familiarizing you more with each presentation and its particular benefits, you will be enticed to join us during our wonderfully easy-to-navigate online Virtual Summit!  And, along with the speakers’ input, I will identify 5 Key Learning Objectives or “takeaway” bullet points that each video presentation provides to participants.


Today we are spotlighting the individual “Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by the thoughtful Catalan, Marc Grañén, a Spanish landscape artist who has been constructing and developing greenroofs – even on vehicles – and greenwalls within northeastern Spain for several years.  He has a gift for merging landscape art within the human environment.  By the way, look for an upcoming article from him about his work with schools.

At the Virtual Summit 2013 he graced us with his beautiful, almost poetic, video “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement,” which you can see here – it’s actually one of my top all time Virtual Summit favorites.

VS2015-MarcGranen1We finally met Marc later that year in Nantes, France at the World Green Roof Congress 2013.  He is the real deal – a simply beautiful person with an open, caring heart with a philosophy to match.

Photo Source: FriendBurst by Barbara_K

Marc wanted to participate again this time around, but didn’t have the time to create a traditional video, so he opted for a short Inspiration Nook video.  As you may know already, even if you are not presenting at the Virtual Summit, as an attendee you can submit your 3 minute (non-overtly commercial) video of research, ideas, projects, poster boards, thought leadership, etc., which were followed by your own live Discussion Chat.

This series is focused around sparking conversation, ideas, dialogue and connections around a specific greenroof/wall-related topic – a mosaic of bright ideas for a greener world.


As usual, Marc created a unique and endearing video – this time with only with awesome photos and music!

He says “Yes, we have a serious problem, as we haven’t understood what sustainability means.  Fortunately, there are more and more of us, who day by day, are working hard to solve this.  The path is long and hard, but full of shades.  As a landscape artist I always try to capture Nature at what it does best: exist.  And this happens because Nature itself is sustainable, otherwise it would have never existed.”


His short upbeat Inspiration Nook video is about edible greenwalls at schools within the Barcelona area – and the kids, whom he says have become our best hope in a close future.  What a fun way to get across his idea and philosophy!


Bescanó, Spain. Marc Grañén says, “My artistic point of view of life and my intense love of natural landscapes make the perfect combination for what has become my daily occupation. I am a landscape artist. Nature is my inspiration and my family, my best teacher. We live in Bescanó, our small hometown in the northeast of Spain.

I’ve created artworks in China, Spain and Russia, and been a speaker in several conferences in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, China, France… with interviews in media of all continents. I created PhytoKinetic, the first and unique worldwide patented system to make greenroofs on top of vehicles. I have created many private greenroof and greenwall projects, and more than a dozen educative edible greenwalls in Barcelona public schools.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.


You will benefit from these 5 Key Learning Objectives as Marc Grañén shares visually on the subject:

1) His influences and early projects;

2) Construction through the various stages of setting up a greenwall system on multiple schools; 

3) Symbiotic master classes where he teaches and informs young through teenage school children “It’s a kind of magic…to feel the soil under your nails…”;

4) Discovering urban biodiversity: Experience the joy of discovery on the children’s faces when they touch, plant the different herbs, succulents, and vegetables plus find animals like frogs, earthworms, and birds;

5) Celebrating life: He wants children to experience science and sustainability through education with green, living plants.

Watch the 3:35 “Urban and Social Needs of Green” Inspiration Nook Video by Marc Grañén now playing at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.  If you have not yet registered (only $49 or 25), please do:

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Happy watching and participating,

~ Linda V.

Learn more about these awesome video presentations and their 5 Key Learning Objectives at the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015:

“A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” by Dr. Ken Yeang.

“Biodiversity in the Sky – How Green Roofs Can Be Designed as Wild Life Refuges” by Dr. Stephan Brenneisen.

Green Roofs to New Cities” by Dr. Diana Balmori.

“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing” by Elizabeth Hart.

“Beyond Extensive and Intensive: Defining the Comprehensive Green Roof” by Molly Meyer.

“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.

“From Passive House to the Cold North—How Vegetative Envelope Components Impact Buildings” Panel with Dr. Bob Cameron, Dr. Allen Lee, Dr. Karen Liu, and Chris Wark.

“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.

“Greening the World Inside and Outside” by Mark Paul.

“Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary.

“Pollinators on the Parapets” by Angie Durhman.

“Small Scale Green Roofs” by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 1 with Patrick Carey, Peter Ensign, and George Irwin.

“Social Healing with Greening” Panel – Part 2 with Patrick Carey and Darius Jones.

“Soil Ecological Processes on Green Roofs: Research and Observation Meet Theory and Intuition” Inspiration Nook Video by Christine Thuring.

“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.

“The Development of Revolutionary Large Scale Vegetated Infrastructure Projects in Latin America and the Foundation of a New Industry” by Pablo Atuesta.

“The Great Green Roof Review: Success & Succession” by Jenny Hill and Terry McGlade.

Only Two Weeks Left for the Virtual Summit 2015! See the “ 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015” by Haven Kiers & Linda Velazquez Now.

“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin

Video & Project of the Week for March 9, 2015: Europa Congress Palace Convention Center (Palacio de Congresos)

March 10, 2015 at 10:00 am Project of the Week: 3/09/15


Europa Congress Palace Convention Center Greenwall –
Palacio de Congresos
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
16,060 sf. Greenwall

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Project Description & Details

Designated the 2012 European Green Capital because of its biodiversity and integration of greenspace into its urban fabric, Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Álava in northern Spain. Located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Europa Congress and Exhibition Hall is a multi-purpose venue for fairs and conferences. In an effort to bring Álava’s ecosystems to the center of the city, in 2013 a large greenwall was designed and installed on three sides of the building by Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen in association with Urbaser and Zikotz.

Another primary motive for the beautiful and distinctive Palacio de Congresos living wall was to capture energy savings. The “F+P preplant” system adds a thermal resistance of 2,644 m2.K/W, representing a 270% increase over the existing facade insulation. Encompassing a total vegetative surface of 1,492 m2, 1,000 m2 consist of a F+H Hydroponic system and 492 m2 of climbing plants that cover the windows. Over 33,000 native plants of different varieties were planted from the area of Álava and the Basque Country. The design draws on the ecosystems that exist in the vicinity of Vitoria-Gasteiz and represents them along the length of the facade. From left to right are the vegetative communities of the Salburua wetlands; countryside agricultural field plots planted with seasonal crops; loamy hill ecosystems; and the beech forests of the local Vitoria mountains. At the base of the greenwall a continuous backlit Corten steel seatwall integrates informative signage, allowing visitors in both Spanish and Basque to learn about the various ecosystems that are reproduced in the vertical garden along with the plant species that comprise each. A striking framework of aluminum strips straddle the building and delineate the various zones. Portions on two sides are illuminated at night, making the convention center a dramatic focal point of the city.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Year: 2013
Owner: City of Vitoria-Gasteiz
Location: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Single Source Provider
16,060 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Design & Management: Urbanarbolismo and SingularGreen
Greenwall System: F+P Hydroponic
Construction: Zikotz and Urbaser
Photography: Quintas Fotografos, Jordi Serramia Ruiz, and Hugo Riquelme Ortega


Project of the Week Video Feature

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~ Linda V.

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‘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.


Here’s more:

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 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

Video & Project of the Week for January 12, 2015: Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden

January 13, 2015 at 10:37 am Project of the Week: 1/12/15


Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden
Madrid, Spain
11,044 sf. Greenwalls


Project Description & Details

Located in the heart of Madrid, the Hotel Santo Domingo is a comfortable boutique 4 star hotel dedicated to artistic creation, designed to host all kinds of events and offer a full range of services. The proprietors decided to cover the barren interior courtyard walls since 70 out of its 200 rooms overlooked the bare space, but it was a challenge to create original, spectacular and stunning views. In line with the hotel owners’ artistic and ecological aesthetic, along with a desire to provide differentiation and added value to its customers, a spectacular living vertical garden was desired.

Designed by architect Félix González Vela, the beautiful inner courtyard showcases the world’s largest hanging garden (according to Guinness World Records as of November 23, 2011): an immense 1,026 m2 wall of greenery (including the vegetated terraced areas, 844 m² without) with an impressive 20 meter high waterfall. In total, more than 2,500 varieties of non-allergenic trees and shrubs, climbing plants and herbs highlighting seasonal species were used in 400 staggered planters of different sizes with about 40,000 liters of specially designed growing media. Eight trees reach 5 meters high and there are about 30 smaller shrubs; the vertical garden is estimated to absorb 25,000 kg of CO2 per year.

The hanging garden also has an advanced system of night lighting technology with LEDs that delight guests and visitors, offering a show of varying colors during day and nighttime. Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the 22.9 meter high greenwall is one of the hotel’s masterpieces ensuring colorful year round vegetation.

Find more photos and additional information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Thank you to PRONATUR for supplying additional information about the Hotel Santo Domingo Hanging Garden.

Year: 2011
Owner: Hotel Santo Domingo
Location: Madrid, Spain
Building Type: Commercial
Type: Living Wall
System: Custom
11,044 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public


Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Greenwall Designer: Architect Félix González Vela
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager: Antonio Núñez Tirado, Hotel Santo Domingo
Landscape Designer, Construction Manager & Maintenance: Manuel Pasquín Agero, Semper Veris
Plant Supplier: Los Peñotes Garden Center
Maintenance Company: Deorada Natura


Project of the Week Video Feature

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.