If you’re wondering what’s going on in New Zealand in terms of built greening in this stunningly natural verdant country, then you have to watch “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary 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.
It’s been 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.
Based in Auckland, Graham Cleary is the founder and owner of Natural Habitats, the New Zealand pioneer in greenroof construction. Graham is a wonderful all-around guy who is passionate about greening his gorgeous country of New Zealand. Although we had met him prior at one of the yearly greenroof conferences, Aramis and I were able to spend about a week with him and his lovely wife Lucy in October, 2014 after the World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 in Sydney.
I was not only invited to speak at a private function for Natural Habitats in front of about 100 people, but we were invited to spend some relaxation time at their beautiful vacation home on the unique Great Barrier Island beforehand – a lovely experience we’ll never forget!
And as any fan of LOTR (Lord of the Rings for you non-geeks) knows, “Middle Earth” is the setting for J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantastic and fantastical stories, chock-full of Elves, Dwarves, wizards, and, of course, Hobbits. So it’s not surprising Graham would title his presentation “Greenwalls in Middle Earth,” right?
Graham Cleary, GRP
Auckland, New Zealand. As Chief Rake (director), Graham founded Natural Habitats in 1978 in Auckland as a fledgling design build company under the mentorship of the city’s then only landscape architect.
Graham has worked on and led many outstanding landscape projects in the South Pacific, including resorts, golf courses, commercial projects and exquisite private estates and homes. Under his leadership, Natural Habitats has grown to be the leading provider of integrated landscape management within Australasia. Graham demonstrates coherent leadership of multi-disciplinary teams in order to achieve the innovative, high quality outcomes for which Natural Habitats is renowned.
Graham is also at the forefront of thinking on the use of natural systems to mitigate urban development issues. He plays an essential role in Natural Habitats’ pioneering green roofs and wall technology within New Zealand.
Graham has served as consultant and advisor to numerous landscape design and environmental groups. He is a founding member of Landscaping New Zealand, an accredited Green Roof Professional, an executive of Green Roofs Australasia, an associate of KEA, part of the Great Barrier Trust, and a member of Forest & Bird and of the Native Forest Restoration Trust.
Read about “Greenwalls in Middle Earth” by Graham Cleary video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.
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~ Happy watching,
Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
~ 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:
“Green Roofs to New Cities” Keynote by Dr. Diana Balmori.
“Biosolar Roofs” by Nathalie Baumann and Dusty Gedge.
“Greening Rooftops in Alberta: People, Place + Projects” by Kerry Ross.
“Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin.
“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.
“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing“ by Elizabeth Hart.
“The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.