4th INTERNATIONAL GREEN ROOF CONGRESS
20–21 April 2015 | Zorlu Center | Istanbul

Explore the Nature on Rooftops

Workshop1 | Workshop 2

Two days of lectures, workshops and presentations

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Green roof

Copyright: Frank Pinckers

Green roof

Green roof

The 4th International Green Roof Congress will host important players involved in the promotion of Green Roofs worldwide through exceptional works of architectural achievement. Speakers will include for example Ken Yeang from T.R. Hamzah & Yeang in Malaysia, Jaron Lubin from Safdie Architects in the USA, Laura Gatti of Studio Laura Gatti in Italy, Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl of Ramboll Liveable Cities in Germany and Denmark, Tim Flynn of Tim Flynn Architects, and Roland Appl, president of IGRA in Germany.

Upon this foundation, a series of groundbreaking and high-profile projects involving Green Roofs will be presented. Bosco Verticale, which means "vertical forest" is a pair of residential towers in Milan (Italy) and a pioneering project for new high-rise buildings. It was recently awarded the 2014 International Highrise Award. With heights of 119 and 87 meters and including 8,900 m² of terraces, the towers host more than 900 trees between three and six meters high.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, a Singaporean triplet of highrise towers 200 meters high, is bridged at the top with the impressive Sands SkyPark forming one of the largest cantilevers on earth. This 9,900 m² greened park features observatory space, gardens, jogging paths, restaurants, lounges and infinity pools that bring bathers and visitors to the edge of a singular view and destination. With 1.2 hectares of space, there is room enough for 3,900 people in addition to the 250 trees and 650 plants. The Sands SkyPark, located characteristically in the living architecture hotspot and Garden City of Singapore, brings Green Roofs to a level of progressive design and technological finesse rarely seen before.

The Zorlu Center, completed in 2013 in Istanbul, hosts a series of large terraced Green Roofs in the form of gardens, offering guests and congress participants views over the Bosphorus. Swaths of wild flowers and endemic plant species adorn the Green Roof space, which contributes to the 72,000 m² total landscaped area for the project. The award-winning mixed-use facility hosts grand meeting, shopping, residential and conference spaces and will host this year's International Green Roof Congress.

The new United World College in Dillijan, Armenia was opened in October of 2014. Located directly on the border to the mountainous Dilijan National Park, the undulating building complex was equipped with green facades and Green Roofs planted with local vegetation. Housing libraries, laboratories, theater and lecture space, this new facility is attracting an international student base and much media attention.

The lecture programme will be complemented by two hands-on workshops.

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Workshop 1: "Planning, Installation and Maintenance of Green Roofs"

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Green roof

This Workshop will address the more practical art and science of Green Roof technology. From the planning stage through installation, irrigation and into long-term maintenance needs, the process of designing, implementing and realizing your Green Roof project will be described here in full.

Also discussed within this workshop is the issue of plant selection in Green Roofs. Not all species are suitable for such exposed conditions; there are many potentially challenging parameters to be considered, not least of which is local and regional climate. The subtleties of this field will be addressed here in greater detail.

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Workshop 2: "Green Roof Policy and Research"

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This multi-session workshop will offer congress participants a look inside some interesting new developments from the academic and municipal sides of Green Roofs. What approaches did cities such as Chicago, Portland, Stuttgart and London pursue in their Green Roof support programs? And how did Hamburg manage to start the Green Roof support program described at the 3rd International Green Roof Congress in 2013 with 3 million Euros?

The specific ins and outs of municipal Green Roof strategies will be described in one of the several presentations during this workshop. Neatly balancing this municipal presentation will be the presentation of current green roof research with a special focus point on Mediterranean regions. It is about storm water management, urban climate and energetic aspects.

In all, a focus on environmental adaptation will be a prevalent theme in this workshop.

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