Watch the “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén from Our Virtual Summit 2013

December 11, 2014 at 11:03 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 Individual Video “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén.  He is actually our newest contributing editor here at Greenroofs.com, and I am in the middle of translating his first column – look for it very soon!  We will present it in both English and Spanish, the first time we publish an article in two languages.

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Marc says, “I have a real need to observe all that involves me, to capture the essence of each small part of a landscape, in order to understand the natural balance of Nature, that Nature we had already pushed out from our lives. So I created Phyto Kinetic, to gain those lost green spaces in where there’s only concrete and asphalt; a world trademark to “engarden” the roofs of public transport. Finally, we have started to have green roofs and vegetal walls; now we have also gardens in movement.” Marc’s presentation will be in English.

Marc dice que tiene necesidad de observar todo lo que lo envuelve, para captuar la esencia de cada parte pequeño del paisaje par mejor entender el balance natural de la Naturaleza. Creyó Phyto Kinetic para ganar esos espacios verdes perdidos en donde sólo hay concreto y asfalto. Al fin, hemos comenzado a tener azoteas verdes y muros vegetados; ahora tenemos jardines en movimiento.

Here’s more:

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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.” ~ VS2013

Watch the “Phyto Kinetic: Gardens in Movement” by Marc Grañén 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:

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 + 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 December 1, 2014: Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden

December 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 12/01/14

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Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden
Zaragoza, Spain
14,316 sf. Green Façades & Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

A densely populated area in the city of Zaragoza, Delicias has a general lack of green space and symbolic landmark places. In the 1990’s the neighborhood residents’ association (Asociación de Vecinos de Delicias “Manuel Viola”) gathered support, including from the City of Zaragoza, to have a small unsightly corner vacant lot revitalized into a thriving hanging garden. The leisure and educational community gathering space also provides much needed vegetation.

Designed by Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura and Jardinería Vela, the award winning Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden has flourished in the tight urban space. A vertical garden of 500 linear metres of different heights with various accesses and platforms was created offering a multitude of activities. Using 84 different plant species, over 800 m2 of landscaping elements were incorporated, in addition to 530 m2 of plants located at the Plaza Delicias street level. Rising to a height over 14.40 metres, the routes crisscross the plaza’s space as if they were tree branches sprouting out from the trunk, creating the symbolic neighborhood tree. Unique art has been incorporated within a striking vertical tower, and the entire constructed unit is presented as a unique whole interrelating architecture with naturalization.

Learn more at the project profile and read the Greenroofs.com June 2014 Guest Feature article Vertical Garden in Delicias, Zaragoza: A Naturalised Hanging Garden Plaza by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer.

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

Year: 2008
Owner: City of Zaragoza
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Size:
14,316 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Concept & Management: Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer
Project Development: Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. and Lázaro & Isabel Vela of Jardinería Vela, S.L.
Structural Engineer: Pérez Benedicto & Ingemetal
Engineering Facilities: Inpro Estudios y Proyectos
Coordination/Management: Jaime Crespí & Miguel Angel Herrero, Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura
Construction: DGP, Dirección Gestión y Promoción, S.L. & SACYR, S.A
Conceptual Collaboration/Participation: Asociación Vecinos del Barrio de Delicias “Manuel Viola”

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Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square) Vertical Garden – Project of the Week Video below or see it on our greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof!

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for June 2, 2014: Plaza Delicias Vertical Garden

June 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 6/02/14

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Plaza Delicias (Delicias Square)
Vertical Garden

Zaragoza, Spain
14,316 sf Greenwalls

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Project Description & Details

After a demolished building left unsightly flank walls facing a small empty lot in a densely populated neighborhood in the city of Zaragoza, the Residents’ Association of Delicias garnered support for revitalization of the site. The public plaza needed to provide multiple benefits including offering a meeting place for the community as well as a space for leisure and integration and association with much desired nature: a 20-meter high vertical garden was the answer.

A metaphor for a tree, the concept, design and development of the custom metal hanging garden was lead by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer of Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, which took over 10 years. The conceptual genesis expands the Plaza Delicias in a tight urban space by developing a vertical garden of 500 linear meters of different heights with various accesses and platforms for activities forming over 800 m2 of landscaping elements, in addition to 530 m2 of plants located at the Plaza Delicias street level. Multi-level accessible vegetated ramps ascend up to almost 15 meters high with a “botanical route” encompassing 84 different plants. The routes crisscross the height of the plaza’s space as if they were tree branches sprouting out from the trunk.

Year: 2008
Owner: City of Zaragoza
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Green Façade
System: Custom
Size: 14,316 sq.ft.
Grade: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

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Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Concept & Management: Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer
Project Development: Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura, S.L.P. and Lázaro & Isabel Vela of Jardinería Vela, S.L.
Structural Engineer: Pérez Benedicto & Ingemetal
Engineering Facilities: Inpro Estudios y Proyectos
Coordination/Management: Jaime Crespí & Miguel Angel Herrero, Sicilia y Asociados Arquitectura
Construction: DGP, Dirección Gestión y Promoción, S.L. & SACYR, S.A.
Conceptual Collaboration/Participation: Asociación Vecinos del Barrio de Delicias “Manuel Viola”

Read much more at the June, 2014 Greenroofs.com Guest Feature Article by Joaquín Sicilia Carnicer entitled “Vertical Garden in Delicias, Zaragoza: A Naturalised Hanging Garden Plaza.”

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch the Plaza Delicias Vertical Garden Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Click here to see the entire profile and learn more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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

~ Linda V.

Video & Project of the Week for March 31, 2014: Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden

April 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: 3/31/14

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

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Project 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

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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

New!  Project of the Week Video Feature

Watch The Caixa Forum Museum Vertical Garden Project of the Week Video below or see it on our on greenroofs.TV on YouTube:

Thank you to PRONATUR for supplying project information!

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.