Session 13 // Urban Design Case Studies

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1) 2018 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design
In our increasingly climate-challenged world, the ongoing evolution of architecture and green building has become a way, in many cases the only way, of doing business for many architects, designers, governments, and other project stakeholders. Green infrastructure, and living architecture specifically, can offer a multitude of elegant solutions to our overburdened ecology, and in many cases they make beautiful, stunning, and even over-the-top design statements for us to appreciate and emulate. So far, the list for 2018 is heating up including these green beauties: -The King Abdullah Financial District’s Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is an engineering marvel with its "megaroof" of 165 massive steel triangles joined at 98 nodes, planted with indigenous cliff dwelling arid plant communities of the Arabian peninsula desert landscape. - The largest pier structure on the Hudson River, a Re-envisioned Pier 40 by DFA proposes a resilient, vegetation-covered mixed-use complex within its 15-acre footprint. New York City’s sea level is expected to rise 11-30 inches by 2050 and between 50 to 75 inches by 2100, and Pier 40's new vision includes a lifted, undulating landscape deck with floating landscape pods to connect to Manhattan. - Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida is the world’s only botanical garden dedicated to the study, display and conservation of epiphytic plants. In an effort to protect it from future sea level rise, refurbishment and expansion plans include a new greenhouse complex, five-story "parking garden" covered in climbing and trailing vines with rooftop restaurant, solar panel array, rainwater harvesting systems and greenroofs. - BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati have broken ground on a 51-story highrise in Singapore. At the core of the building between the hardscapes of the offices and residences are four connected levels of organic softscape, called the Green Oasis – a mesmerizing 30m open-air garden for work, casual strolls, relaxation, exercise and events, connected by a spiraling botanical promenade. - Vincent Callebaut Architectures proposes the "5 Farming Bridges Rebuilding 55,000 Plus-Energy “3D Printed” Housing Units Fighting Poverty and Feeding the Post-ISIS Mosul" after the offensive left the majority of the city destroyed and hundreds of thousands homeless. Covered with urban farms and agricultural fields, the inhabited bridge villages would be expected to develop into green-filled self-sufficient systems

2) Pier 57: Greening on the Hudson
When it comes to converting unused space into beautiful, healthy vegetated space full of biophilic benefits, there is no better example in the Manhattan metropolis than greening a publicly accessible, concrete pier that has been jutting out into the Hudson River for over 100 years. This is Pier 57. Mostly used as a shipping cargo facility for the Longshoreman's Association of New York City and later as a storage facility for the New York Transit Authority Bus Depot and completely abandoned in 2004, surrounded by ocean on (3) sides, Pier 57 has a rich history in Manhattan and will now be home to a publicly accessible roof garden for the betterment of its visitors, combining aesthetic upgrades to an otherwise seaborne location, full-serve restaurants, a multi-faceted and diverse retail environment featuring some of the finest in consumer goods, and a large multi-use food market that will feature foods from around the world. The roof garden on Pier 57 will be the aes
New York City, NY
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Development Trends
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1) • Become familiar with the latest design trends in living architecture for 2018
• See conceptual and built projects from across the globe
• Understand highlights of the design process for built projects
• Understand the design inspiration and local context for conceptual projects

2) • Designing complex roof gardens on non-traditional roof structures
• Planning for high-maintenance, publicly accessible gardens
• Greening concrete structures surrounded by the ocean on three sides

3) • Review projects that have successfully integrated LID tree pits, including how they were designed and installed?, and examine the quantity reduction and quality improvement results
• Understand why “Low Impact Development” is only a buzzword unless sustainable practices are being used and performance is realized
• Learn how the implementation of sustainable BMPs can become common practice without compromising return-on-investment

4) • Understanding of the new vision for Queens Botanical Garden
• Understanding of the conceptual aspects, the design and technical aspects of the Garden transformation
• Understanding of the principles of landscape resiliency as they apply to an institution of a Botanical Garden
1) Linda Velazquez - greenroofs.com2) Nicholas Smith - ZinCo USA3) Jeremy Bailey - GreenBlue Urban4) Herbert Dreiseitl - Ramboll Liveable Cities LabSusan Lacerte - Queens Botanical Garden
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