2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Round #2 is Open with Special Discounted Pricing!

October 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

The 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit Round #2

If you haven’t registered yet for the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture, Round #2 is now open – and the time is now! Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is the living architecture industry’s marquee innovation event that only takes place every other year.

Presented by Greenroofs.com, the 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit runs on demand with live social media events through December 31, 2017.

Special Discounted Pricing Through the End of the Year

Register through December 31, 2017 at the 50% off discounted rate of only $25:

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

Round #1 Speakers

Watch and learn from our 4 awesome Keynotes and 27 esteemed Speakers from Round #1…

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

L to R: Emilio Ambasz; Patrick Blanc; Stephen Ritz; and Joanne Rodriguez

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

Round #2 Speakers

…PLUS our 10 brand new Short Videos (under 10 minutes) from 9 new colleagues, firms, and organizations from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the U.S.:

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing

An International Line-Up

Now we have 16 countries across 5 continents represented from Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, North America, and South America.  Come and hear perspectives from a truly diverse and wide range of professionals – at your leisure.

See the entire Agenda to learn more about each video check out all of our 40 wonderful Speakers and their 36 talks – short, medium, and long!

Industry Support

Additionally, we must thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors, and living architecture/green infrastructure Organization Partners who support our work:

2017 Greenroofs Walls World Virtual Summit Round #2 Special Pricing
Learn, Network, and Support Our Work

If you haven’t joined us yet, take advantage of the 50% off special registration rate now through the end of year.  Support our work, learn about new projects, happenings, and people, and connect with your fellow green infrastructure colleagues from across the planet.

Stay tuned for more Live Social Media Events in November!

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

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Watch “Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates” by Dr. Tobias Emilsson from Our Virtual Summit 2013

January 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm

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 “Development of Different Types of Green Roofs & Green Walls for Improved Urban Biodiversity and Green Clime Adaptation in Cold Climates” by Dr. Tobias Emilsson, researcher at the Landscape Management, Design and Construction Department of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Malmö, Sweden.  He will give an overview of his current research.


Tobias’ presentation will discuss how green roofs and green walls can be designed for improving biodiversity and urban climate.  It will showcase a number of different research projects that are run in cooperation with the City of Malmö and the Scandinavian Green Roof Institute.  The main part of the research projects are looking at different variables related to substrate and plant selection.

Here’s more:


Malmö, Sweden. Dr. Tobias Emilsson is a former Marie-Curie Senior research fellow at ZinCo GmbH and a researcher at the Landscape Management, Design and Construction Department of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Tobias has a PhD from the Landscape Management, Design and Construction Department of SLU, focused on the technology of extensive green roofs. He also has a MsC in Biology from Lund University. His background in plant ecology includes extensive field work experience from arctic and roof ecosystems.

Tobias’ current research is focused on substrate design for prolonged plant survival and substrate-plant interactions. He is also developing various projects on vertical gardening in Sweden. ~ VS2013   

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

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

Chic Sustainability Watch: Trends, Projects & People – Disappearing Acts

April 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

As a green roof designer and advocate, I am constantly searching for examples of projects that highlight the aesthetic potential of green roofs and feature vegetation as the primary driver for the building design as a whole.  One of my greatest frustrations is the lack of imagination and creativity displayed in so many of today’s extensive green roof projects.  Yes, a simple sedum carpet will provide the environmental benefits that green roofs are known for, but what a wasted opportunity to create a living, dynamic, piece of art for the building and its occupants!


So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that my topic this month focuses on the camouflaging capacity of green roofs.  Why would I want to celebrate this particular ability when my main goal as a designer is to draw back the curtain on green roofs and fully integrate them into the common parlance of whole building design?  Because sometimes the building and its design are not the primary focus of a project.  Sometimes the site itself is the star attraction, and the buildings placed upon it need to blend into the background and assume a secondary role.

(Image via: Inhabitat)

And this is where green roofs can turn an awkward interloper into an elegant native.  Here are some stunning examples of projects where the inclusion of a green roof transformed a building from an object in the landscape to an object of the landscape.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water is an icon of modern architecture.  Nestled into the woods of Bear Run, PA, the house seamlessly blends with the streams and trees of the surrounding landscape.  When Fallingwater Institute announced a competition to create on-site accommodations for the Institute’s educational programs, Patkau Architects of Vancouver rose to the challenge and designed six houses submerged within the Bear Run Nature Reserve.

The houses rise and fall with the hills of the preserve, merging with the meadow prairie grasses.  Only a few simple doors and windows peek out from the hillside; the rest is covered with vegetation.   As stated by the jury, “We feel that the winning design by Patkau Architects will allow Fallingwater to grow by actively demonstrating the principles we espouse: good design in harmony with nature.”

(Images via: Dezeen)


When clients learned that they could develop a mountain site adjacent to the famous thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland, they turned to the Dutch architecture firm, SeARCH.  The holiday residence peaks out of the alpine hillside, its main entrance an old Graubünder barn.  An underground tunnel leads to the focal point of the house, a large central patio carved out of the hillside, framing views of the Alps and allowing light to stream through to the underground rooms.

(Image by Iwan Baan via: Arch Daily)

From the architect’s description of the site: “The local authority’s well intentioned caution, that unusual modern proposals were generally not favoured, proved unfounded. The planners were pleased that the proposal did not appear “˜residential’ or impose on the adjacent bath building. The scheme was not perceived as a typical structure but rather an example of pragmatic unobtrusive development in a sensitive location.”

(Images by Iwan Baan via: Muuuz)


Östberget is a hill in the center of the northern city of Östersund, Sweden that provides magnificent views over the city and its adjoining Great Lake.  The hill has remained relatively undeveloped, despite several tourist-centric proposals to the contrary.  The design for an earth sheltered restaurant, an elevated walkway, wind-driven lights, and rest areas on the site arose from a discussion between architect Johan Berglund of London studio 42 Architects and Färgfabriken Art Space, an art institution and gallery in Stockholm.

(Images via: World Architecture News)

Their goal was to present Östberget as more than a site for skiing and winter recreation; to create a modern identity for the hill and its town that included “the potential to create a place for all, without having to make big alterations to the natural environment.”  The result was an exhibition to spark debate and inspire enthusiasm about the future of the city of Ostersund.


Scottish architecture studio Groves-Raines Architects has raised the compost shed up from its low-brow roots in the far back corner of the garden and into the realm of high design.  Their elegant shedat Inverleith Terrace in Edinburgh  features a series of intertwining rebar that twists and bends towards a green roof enveloped by grasses.  Like woven willow baskets, the steel rods form organic walls and generate a pattern of dappled light that is continuously shifting.  Air and light entering through the gaps provides ventilation for the compost.

The green roof serves a dual purpose, first to remind visitors of the cyclical nature of composting (the grasses above are fed, no doubt, from the compost created below), and second, to link the shed to its surrounding wooded context.

(Images via: Dezeen, ©  by Dan Farrar)

After looking at these projects, I’m happy to admit that there is a place for subtlety and camouflage within the green roof design cadre.

Until next time,