Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Video: A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview

May 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

If you are interested in the musings of green architecture, hear about it from one of the planet’s consummate green architects!  Watch “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview

It’s been almost a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public – starting with our “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy! Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview.”

While still a somewhat fledgling worldwide event, our biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summits have grown since our inaugural online event in 2011, and we are committed to this extremely far-reaching, sustainable, carbon-friendly, and inclusive virtual conference platform.  We are commencing work on our 4th Virtual Summit in 2017, so please stay tuned!

The Mission of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet. In addition to raising awareness of our market and industry, the Virtual Summits are an interactive platform for the interchange of ideas through a combination of keynote speakers, expert panels, moderated chat sessions with live Q & A, on-demand presentations, plus the spectacular Expo Pavilion showcasing vendors and organizations from across the world. ~

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview

Our first highlighted video is from the affable Dr. Ken Yeang, of Ken Yeang Design International and Hamzah & Yeang, with offices in Malaysia, UK, and China.  Our son, Joey, and I visited with Ken at his offices in London in February, 2015 and had a fantastic time interviewing him.

London, UK and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Best recognized worldwide as the green architect and creator of the “bioclimatic skyscraper” itself, Ken is also a sensitive ecologist and planner, “known for his authentic ecology-based work on the theory and signature ecoachitecture and ecomasterplanning that have a distinctive hirsute verdant green aesthetic, carrying out design and research in this field since 1971.  He graduated from the AA School (London) and received his doctorate in ecological design and planning from Cambridge University (UK).

Ken has completed over 12 bioclimatic eco high-rise buildings, several thousand dwellings (terraced houses), over two million sq. ft. of interior design space, numerous eco-masterplans and eco-city designs, and has overall completed over a hundred building projects of all types worldwide.  Yeang lectures extensively in over 30 countries at conferences and schools of architecture on his ideas and work on ecological design and masterplanning.” ~ Read his complete bio here from the VS2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview

Read about the “A Green Building Should Look Green, Which Means Hairy!” video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.

Virtual Summit 2015 Video Dr. Ken Yeang Keynote Interview

We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!

~ Happy watching,

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

~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:

The 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.’s VS2015 Opening Address from Linda Velazquez.”


The Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 Speakers.

Invitation to the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015.

VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2015 teaser from Groncol.

Small Scale Green Roofs at the Virtual Summit by Dusty Gedge and John Little.

American Institute of Architects Select their 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

May 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 15th year, is the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

Most importantly, three of the top ten projects include greenroofs. Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, the First Unitarian Society Meeting House in Madison, WI, and the Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, BC all showcase vegetated architecture. Here’s to the AIA for recognizing the role greenroofs play in sustainable design!

See the AIA press release and the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Web site. [4.14.11]

2011 COTE Top Ten Award Winners with Green Roofs:

Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, CA

First Unitarian Society Meeting House, Madison, WI
Project Database ID#816:

Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Project Database ID#545:


~ Haven

The Green Roof Give Away, by Cole Roofing Co., Inc.

November 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

By Bill Cole

Green is the new black.   And for good reason.  Our planet, its resources and wildlife are all in jeopardy.   Americans have finally taken notice and are doing something about it.
Here at Cole Roofing we believe the push to “go green” isn’t just a trend.   It’s here to stay.   And we’re committed to providing our customers with sustainable roofing solutions that help our environment one roof at a time.
Non-profit organizations are the backbone of our country, committed to worthy causes, its employees working long hours, often doing without the latest and greatest technologies so funding can be directed towards the greater good.
We think it’s time to honor area non-profits, so we’ve launched an exciting contest for one lucky non-profit to win a green roof””either a vegetated or solar integrated roof, both on the cutting-edge of sustainable roofing.   Along with the Green Roof Give Away we will have an online public vote to determine the charity most deserving and one with the most votes will be awarded a $5,000.00 donation from Cole Roofing.
Beyond honoring area non-profits, a mission of our green roof giveaway is to educate the public on today’s different green roofing solutions.   Many people are unaware of the environmentally friendly roofing options available today.   Average consumers may be confused or have misconceptions about vegetated, solar roofs and more.   We’d like to dispel myths and misinformation and give you the facts on green roofs.   After all, an educated consumer is a powerful consumer.  

On our contest site we have many educational blog posts that will provide all sorts of information.   Please don’t forget to check out the contest details and our blog posts at or at – click on the Green Roof tab for more info.   While you are there be sure to “like” us so you get updates on the contest!

The deadline of November 15th for entries is fast approaching so nominate your favorite non-profit for something truly valuable.   We can’t wait to see all the entries!

~ Bill Cole

William Robert Cole is Vice President, Cole Roofing Co., Inc. in Baltimore, MD. Contact   him at 410-242-0600 or, or visit