The Urban Oasis Experience - 5th International Green Roof Congress 2018
The International Green Roof Association IGRA is pleased to announce the 5th edition of their prestigious congress series, which will be held for the first time in the Gulf region in 2018. Scheduled for the 17th – 18th of February in Kuwait City, this event will focus on the special challenges and benefits of Green Roofs in dry climates.
More than one-third of the world population already lives in dry climates, without considering the global metropolitan areas which often are grappling with the same problems and referred to as “city deserts”. The performance of Green Roofs in these special environments is strongly connected with the availability and scarcity of water and the limited types of plants, which are able to tolerate these harsh weather conditions – therefore the water & plantation issue is a common thread of the congress presentations and discussions (www.greenroofworld.com). The congress is kindly supported by the Al Diwan al Amiri of Kuwait.
The congress venue Al Shaheed Park in Kuwait City consists of 310,000 m² of greenery, featuring a modern congress center, beautiful botanical gardens, museums, a miniature of old Kuwait, walkways, jogging tracks, lakes, river landscapes and an amazing musical fountain. With almost 80,000 m² of Green Roofs the largest urban park in Kuwait represents at the same time a prime example of how to meet the challenges of hot and dry climate by using appropriate Green Roof systems.
The congress lectures will provide an inspiring mixture of progressive thinkers, new technical developments and innovative Green Roof applications in architecture, landscape architecture and climate protection. Practical Green Roof technology will be presented, discussed and taught along with the latest achievements for Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure and municipal Green Roof strategies. Speakers will include for example Kai Uwe Bergmann from BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, New York, London), Khaled Al Fouzan from The Associated Engineering Partnership (Kuwait), Deborah Nevins from Deborah Nevins & Associates (New York), Fida Mohammed Alhammadi from Dubai Municipality, Kyosuk Lee from MVRDV (Rotterdam, Shanghai), Jamil Corbani from GreenStudios (Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles) and Green Roof pioneer Roland Appl, president of the International Green Roof Association IGRA.
The bios of the speakers from the Middle East, the US and Europe are available at the congress website www.greenroofworld.com.
Featured Green Roof Architecture – A series of groundbreaking and high-profile projects involving Green Roofs and Living Walls will be presented at the congress.
Al Shaheed Park is the most significant Green Infrastructure project in Kuwait and, at the same time, one of the largest Green Roof projects in the world. During the first construction phase (2013–2015) almost all buildings were fitted with roof greening. In total this is 35,000 m² of Green Roofs. In 2017 the second expansion “Phase II” was opened for the public, thus doubling the total Green Roof area of the park.
The design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross in London is taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof and market halls, auditoria and shops on the ground.
Seoullo 7017, a true plant village, has been created on a former inner city highway in central Seoul. The ever-changing urban area has been transformed into a 983-metre long public park. 50 families of plants including trees, shrubs and flowers are displayed in 645 tree pots, and a total of approximately 228 species and sub-species have found their home in the park.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park. The “metamorphoses of a topos” has been designed with a sustainable approach, respecting the surrounding ecosystems and the landscape dynamics. The SNFCC includes 25,568 m² Green Roofs.
The congress is for everyone whose profession brings them into contact with Green Roofs and those who wish to learn about the latest technology in this field. This includes architects, installers, landscape architects, planners, representatives of local authorities and environmental agencies, investors and manufacturers. Join us for a top-level program focusing on innovative new technologies, stunning architecture, pioneering urban development projects and many opportunities to network with international leaders in the field of Green Roofs.
The first IGRA event in the Gulf region will provide a perfect platform for the launch of a successful Green Roof campaign in this geographical area. We look forward to seeing you at the 5th International Green Roof Congress in the Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait´s new urban oasis! To stay up to date with the current event status please subscribe to the mailing list on www.greenroofworld.com.