In Memoriam: Wang Xianmin

September 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

As reported yesterday, we regret to announce the passing of Mr. Wang Xianmin or Wang Xian Min (in Chinese) of Beijing, China on August 19, 2015 at the age of 72 years.

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Xianmin Wang was the secretary-general of the WRGA, the World Green Roof Association, which produces the annual China World Green Roof Conferences (WGRC).  Also known as the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA,) the organization is a founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network – WGIN.

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A true leader of Chinese greening efforts, Wang Xianmin was the founder (2006) and former secretary-general of the Beijing Green Roof Association.  He graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Among others, Xianmin Wang authored Beautiful Award for Second World Landscape Planning and Design Contest Set (Chinese Edition), 2015; Roof Garden Design and Case Analysis, 2013; China 2010 Shanghai World Expo venue three-dimensional Green, 2011; and Roof Garden, 2007.

Professor Wang enjoyed numerous accomplishments through his life, and was devoted to promoting green infrastructure throughout China.  In addition to the above named posts, here are just a few more:

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L to R: Wang Xianmin in 2014 China Qingdao City with the world’s ecological green roof of the General Assembly and 2013 China Nanjing World Green Roof Assembly. Photos courtesy of IRLA.

Wang Xianmin was the Secretary-general of the Association of Professional Committee of China Building Energy Efficiency and International Association for the Promotion of the Electric Vehicle, 2015-2013;
Secretary-general of the 2014 (Qingdao), 2013 (Nanjing), and 2012 (Hangzhou) China World Green Roof Conferences;
Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council;
Former Secretary-general of the Great Wall Green Engineering Organizing Committee;
Former Deputy Dean of the Asia-Pacific Education Centre of Peking University;
Former Director of the Research Center for Better Business China.

See his remembrance from the WGRA and IRLA in Mandarin Chinese here (click on translate to see the English version).

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L to R: Wang Xianmin in Hangzhou, China 2012 World Green Roof Assembly; Hainan, China 2011 World Green Roof Assembly; and Shanghai, China 2010 World Green Roof Assembly. All photos courtesy of IRLA.

Ed Snodgrass of Emory Knoll Farms told us the news, and has this to say about Professor Wang:

“Wang Xianmin, Professor, founder of China’s Green Roof Associations, and the Executive Vice President of International Rooftop Landscaping Association passed away recently.  Mr. Wang was a warm and gentle man that I have had the pleasure to get to know and work with over the last four years.  He worked hard to promote green roofs and green walls in China.

He was adept at making everyone feel welcome and cared for.  He will certainly be missed.” ~ Ed Snodgrass

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L to R: Mr. Mung; Mr. Snodgrass; Mr. Wang.

We remember Mr. Wang fondly for his beautiful nature and decades of very important work; here are some thoughts from his fellow WGIN members:

“Professor Xianmin Wang was responsible for the thriving green infrastructure industry in China by holding many conferences including Hainan 2010, the Shanghai Expo 2011, World Congress in 2012, Nanjing 2013.  Professor Wang made many friends in Australia when he spoke in Sydney in 2011 and at the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress.  He was well respected internationally and loved for his warmth, generosity and passion about green roofs.” ~ Matthew Dillon, Green Roofs Australasia

On August 25 Green Roofs Australasia observed a 3-minute moment of silence with China at 2100.

“Professor Wang was leading the charge to bring Green roofing into the mainstream in China.  He had a huge smile, and a gentleness and kindness about him that made everyone feel welcome!  He will be missed!  ” ~ Steven Peck, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

A board member of the World Green Infrastructure Network, Mr. Wang is also remembered on the WGIN website:

“WGIN members appreciate his great work on Green infrastructure over many years.  We will keep him in our best memories as professional and as long year friend. ” ~ Manfred Koehler, World Green Infrastructure Network

Professor Wang was a great conference organizer and believer in the promotion of new ideas as well as youth.  Below he’s speaking in Qingdao, 2014 promoting greenroofs and green energy as a member of the International Association for the Promotion of the Electric Vehicle:

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Here he is (middle, left of Mr. Mung) in Nanjing at the 2013 Award Ceremony of Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition:

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Aramis and I met Professor Wang for the first time in Singapore where he and I both spoke in 2010 at the inaugural International Skyrise Greenery Conference.  We were captivated by his genuine smile, gentle demeanor and fierce commitment to engage us to come to China and help spread the word about greenroofs and greenwalls, which we did in 2012 along with Steven, Matt, Manfred, and many more.

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Left to right: Manfred Kohler, Julian Briz, Francois Lassalle, Patrick Blanc, Florian Betlzer, Aramis Velazquez, Isabel de Felipe, Karla Dakin, Dorte Romo, Linda Velazquez, Damian Tang, Ho Wan Weng, Zuoshuang Zhang, and Professor Wang Xianmin.

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Organized again by Wang Xianmin and his great staff at IRLA, the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference was attended by hundreds – I would guess about 1,600.  It was a fantastic event and we all were treated like royalty.

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Afterwards about 10 of us went on an amazing whirlwind 6-day tour to several cities including Beijing and Xi’an, the Great Wall of China – and we even had two airplane trips.

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Professor Wang met us in Beijing and treated us to a dinner extravaganza including awesome food, musicians, acrobats, and even a magician.  Led by Professor Wang’s right hand man, William Wei (middle photo, left), our experiences will be greatly cherished and it was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Back at home, Professor Wang graciously participated in both Greenroofs.com’s inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 and in 2013.  See his videos below:

“The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” for the Virtual Summit 2013: Wang Xianmin  gave us an overview of greenroof challenges and growth in China and invited participants to attend the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress in Nanjing held in October of that year. Following Wang Xianmin’s video, you can see videos that IRLA shared with Greenroofs.com from the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress, in both Mandarin and English.

Promo for the Virtual Summit 2013: We filmed Professor Wang at the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress in November, 2012.

For the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Professor Wang presented “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China.”

We visited with Professor Wang last October in Sydney at the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress, and will always remember him respectfully and fondly.

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Professor Wang Xianmin will be greatly missed and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues, and supporters in China and across our greenroof and greenwall community!

Please add your comments, too.

In memoriam,

~ Linda V.

Watch “The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” by Wang Xianmin and others from Our Virtual Summit 2013

February 17, 2015 at 1:25 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 “The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” by Wang Xianmin and others.  Wang Xianmin is the Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council, Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA), and Secretary-general of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 China World Green Roof Congresses.  He gives us an overview of greenroof challenges and growth in China – plus much more.

His short introductory presentation was filmed in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles where he invited participants to attend the 2013 China World Green Roof Congress in Nanjing held in October of that year.

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Following Wang Xianmin’s video, you can see videos that IRLA shared with Greenroofs.com from the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress, in both Mandarin and English, including the following: Opening Ceremony (Mandarin); Wang Xianmin Welcome (Mandarin); Keynote from Dr. Ken Yeang of Llewelyn Davies Yeang and T. R. Hamzah & Yeang (English); Keynote from Dr. Manfred Köhler of WGIN and the Green Roof Centre of Excellence Neubrandenburg (English); Keynote from Linda Velazquez of Greenroofs.com (English); and the Keynote from Dr. Tai Lee Siang of the of Singapore Green Building Council (Mandarin).

Thank you to the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA) for sharing your videos with us!

Also, see Wang Xianmin from the inaugural Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 where he presented “The Current Situation and Future of Green Roofs in China.”  And you can watch his :41 VS2013 Wang Xianmin New Promo video which was filmed at the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Congress in November, 2012.

Here’s more:

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Beijing, China. Wang Xianmin is Deputy Chief of the Vertical Greening Academic Group of China Green Building Council; Vice Chairman of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (a member of the World Green Infrastructure Network – WGIN); Secretary-general of the 2012 Hangzhou China•World Green Roof Conference; Founder and former Secretary-general of the Beijing Rooftop Greening Association; former Secretary-general of the Great Wall Green Engineering Organizing Committee and Former Deputy Dean of the Asia-Pacific Education Centre of Peking University.  He graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.  Xianmin Wang is the author of China 2010 Shanghai World Expo venue three-dimensional Green, 2011 and Roof Garden, 2007. ~ VS2013   

Watch “The Status of Chinese Green Roofs & Featured Presentations from the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Congress” by Wang Xianmin and others 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:

Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities? Inspiration Nook Video by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring.

Natural System for Recycling Wastewater and its Nutrients Inspiration Nook Video by João Manuel Linck Feijó.

How Green Roofs in Copenhagen Create New Opportunities, Climate Adapt Our City and Transform Our Living Video by Dorthe Rømø.

A Tale of Two Hydroponic Living Wall Systems from Canada and Spain Collaborative Video by Dr. Alan Darlington and Ignacio (Nacho) Solano.

12 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs Keynote Video by Steven Peck.

Coastal Green Roof Design and Native Plants Video by Kevin Songer.

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.

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

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

A Successful Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013 — a New Landmark of China’s Greening Industry

November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

By Annie Xu
Photos Courtesy of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA)

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The 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress was successfully held in the Purple Palace from September 15th to the 17th.

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The event was sponsored by the China Association of Building Energy Efficiency, Nanjing Municipal People’s Government, China Green Building Council of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Jiangsu Province, World Green Infrastructure Network and the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA).

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The group pictures above are of the smog in Beijing this past June.  We can see clearly there are 18 days of haze in merely a month, which brought Beijing to the top 10 cities with the worst air quality in China.  In fact, it’s not only Beijing that is in this situation, but many other cities in China are suffering from this severe pollution as well.  As the air quality and environmental pollution are getting worse and worse, the Chinese government has also realized that it’s time we should do our best to restore fresh air, clear water and vigorous nature, which contributed to the theme of the Nanjing Congress: vertical greening dispelling haze, conservation culture beautifying cities and towns.

During the congress, we visited several outstanding greening projects in Nanjing, all of which expouse advanced ideas and technologies.  For example, all buildings in the Zidong International Creative Park, the cooperator of the congress, have attained the standard of national green building, and all of the buildings have green roofs.

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“Phoenix Valley” boasts mobile remote controlling for all of its rooftops offering precise irrigation solutions.

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A little different from Phoenix Valley, here you can see “Hexi New Ecocity,” with the idea and realization of the new ecocity as green architecture and smart city, along with vertical greening.

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Among all the projects, the most creative one should be the “Tree Cube” in Changzhou, because the buildings have made micro circulation and zero garbage discharge come true.

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These projects are just typical representatives of green architecture in China.  Through this Congress, Chinese designers and people who are enthusiastic in greening can exchange ideas with experts all over the world, and also learn experience from them, thus enabling more people to construct more green projects like these.

With this goal, and to facilitate the communication among designers from different countries, the award ceremony of the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition* was held simultaneously with the 2013 Nanjing World Green Roof Congress.  Academician Zhaozhen Meng, left below, attended the ceremony as award presenter.

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The 2013 Nanjing Congress, with over a thousand attendees, greatly inspired students, manufacturers and designers as well.

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Above you can see the Award Ceremony of the highly successful Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition, with IRLA Vice Chairman Wang Xianmin, left middle, and Zhaozhen Meng, right middle.

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The Sino-Singapore Green Land Property Forum, Sino-Japan Hanging Garden Forum and forums about new materials and technologies pointed out bright ways for relevant Chinese workers in our industry.  After the three-day congress, many attendees told the council they felt fruitful and willing to learn more about how to practice the theories.  They also expressed their anticipation of the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference.

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With all these magnificent achievements from the 2013 Nanjing Congress this time, we believe that in the future, more classic projects will spring up, and our greening industry will prosper in every corner of the world.

We invite you to participate in the 2014 Qingdao World Green Roof Conference!

~ Annie Xu

*Publisher’s Note: Read more about the Green Award International Landscape Planning Competition at my blog post of July, 30, 2013, “Contributions Wanted for Green Award – an International Landscape Planning Competition & Photo Contest: Nanjing World Green Roof Congress 2013.”

Annie Xu works in the International Department of the International Rooftop Landscaping Association (IRLA). Contact Annie at:

Email: wrgmay2010@hotmail.com
Web: www.wgrc.cn; Tel:+86 10 67115339
Address: Building 4, No. 9 Yuan, Institution of Construction, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, 100037, Beijing, PRC

Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013 Trailer

January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm

We’ve created a short (3-minute) and fun trailer for our 2nd annual  Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2013.

We’re highlighting just a few of our awesome speakers and snippets of the promo videos in various languages including English, Spanish, German, French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese (Mandarin).  We hope you’ll like it!

See it here below:

By the way, you can watch all of the really short promo videos in multiple languages from me and all the WGIN members who attended the 2012 Hangzhou China World Green Roof Conference  last October, too.

You can see them all on our playlist and we have them playing on the Virtual Summit 2013 homepage, or you can see them individually by clicking on our names:

Linda Velazquez, Steven Peck, Julian Briz,  Matt Dillon,  Manfred Koehler, Francois Lassalle,  Eun-Heui Lee,  Dorthe Romo,  Wang Xianmin, and  Tanya Müller  Garcia.

It was really lots of fun filming these little promos amidst cars and trucks beeping, people walking by talking really loudly, flocks of birds chirping and squawking, etc. And you have to admit, the backgrounds were stunning!

Check out http://virtual.greenroofs.com for more information and to register for this event like no other.

See you online soon!

~ Linda V.