Interior Living Wall – Spring 2018

The benefit of a well maintained interior living wall is that it looks amazing all year round and helps with the well being of the people who get to enjoy it!

Be sure to check get your ticket for our Investing in Living Walls: Factors for Specification and Maintenance course staring next month! See our video trailer feature Shelley Mosco outlining what the course will consist of here.

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Roof Gardens – Spring 2018

Lovely to see Spring bringing some colour back to our gardens after what felt like an extended Winter! The mallard ducks are back in the pond and the daffodils are blooming and the sun is shining 😀
Can’t wait for the rest of the flower bed to blossom over the next few months so keep a lookout for updates and contact us if you wish to have a look at our gardens for yourself!

Video: Investing in Living Walls: Factors for Specification and Maintenance

Our very own Shelley Mosco giving a brief introduction in this video to our upcoming Investing in Living Walls: Factors for Specification course outlining what the course is about and who it is ideal for.

The course will be held over two days in April (19th – 20th) @UniofGreenwich.

For full details click here and to book your tickets click on the Eventbrite link.

Call for Papers: ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities Conference

We are very pleased to announce our international conference on Biophilic Cities and we invite proposals for oral papers and posters from academics and practitioners focusing on the integration of nature and natural elements into the environments in which we live, work and play.

Themes

We are looking for papers to be presented on the following themes:

  • Planning
  • Urban design
  • Architecture
  • Landscape architecture
  • Interior design
  • Health and education

Submissions

Using the online submission form (link below), you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • Key words
  • Biography (maximum 150 words)

All submissions for papers and posters should be completed using our submission form by Saturday 31st March 2018. Submit your paper proposal here.

Contact

For more information please contact Shelley Mosco (s.mosco@gre.ac.uk) and/or Benz Kotzen (b.kotzen@gre.ac.uk).

Investing in Living Walls: Factors for Specification and Maintenance (19-20 April 2018)

Living Walls have increasingly become more prevalent with numerous new systems on the market. For anyone specifying living walls, trying to determine their value or any underlying problems, there is overwhelming and often biased information that hampers decision making.

Topics Covered:

Day One will held at the University of Greenwich in the new Stockwell Street building and will cover theoretical issues of specifying living walls:

  • The benefits of living walls (ecosystems services)
  • Differing system types and their relative sustainability
  • Plan selection (basic)
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Fire regulations relating to living walls

Day Two will be mainly practical with a study tour of selected living walls, to see first-hand issues relating to their installation and maintenance. This will involve walking outdoors, wear suitable clothing. The day will end with a round table discussion of the theoretical and practical issues of living walls. Participants to pay for own transport costs during the day.

Please note lunch is not provided.

Key Benefits

The course is taught by an industry expert who has designed living walls for many years and is involved in the latest living walls research.

Classes are small allowing plenty of scope for discussion and some tailoring of the course to your individual or company requirements.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend the course and actively participate in class exercises and discussion.

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suitable for planners, specifiers, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, housing associations or anyone thinking of investing in a living wall.

FAQs

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Telephone: 0208 331 7688

Email: ACH-ShortCourses@gre.ac.uk

What’s the refund policy?

The University of Greenwich reserves the right to cancel a course up to 7 days before an event and all payments received will be refunded in full to delegates.

A delegate can cancel their registration up to 14 days before the event and receive a full refund. If the cancellation is received between 7 and 14 days before an event the delegate is eligible for a refund of 50%. If the cancellation takes place less than 7 days before an event the delegate is not eligible for a refund.

ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities Conference (4-5 September 2018)

The University of Greenwich Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre and the Department of Architecture & Landscape are proud to announce their ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities London Conference on 4-5 September 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Tim Beatley, University of Virgina – is an internationally recognised biophilic city researcher and author and founder of Biophilic Cities Network Project.

Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design – is an industry recognised expert in the field of biophilic architectural and interior design.

The aim of this conference is to bring together academics, built environment professionals (architects, planners, landscape architects, environmental specialists etc.), educational and health professionals in order to share the latest research and best practice in biophilic design and to kick-start the pace of change towards holistically providing healthy places and spaces that improve the quality of life for people in our cities.

The event will consist of keynote addresses by eminent experts and peer reviewed papers on the principles and practice of biophilic design. Workshops will be used to develop a ‘Biophilic City Manifesto‘ which will facilitate the widespread adoption of the principles of biophilic design. The workshops will cover the following themes:

  • Planning the biophilic city
  • Designing restorative landscapes
  • Well buildings
  • The biophilic workplace
  • Designing healing spaces
  • Biophilic learning spaces

Participate and activate your part in this process. Become part of the drive to turn the commonplace into the exceptional place.

 

81% of the UK’s population currently live in urban areas*, estranged from nature, an essential element for good health. Biophilic design aims to reconnect humankind with nature, sustaining a physical relationship in order to improve overall environmental conditions (e.g. purifying water, detoxifying air pollution, increasing biodiversity etc.) as well as improving well-being, mental and physical health and improving productivity in offices, schools, hospitals and in the home.

Natural elements such as street trees and planting have been a feature of cities for hundreds of years. Today the ecosystem services that city vegetation delivers, through avenues, parks and gardens, urban forests, green roofs and living walls, are well known and largely celebrated. The necessity for clean air, natural light, sunlight, natural materials and plants are also a prerequisite for health and wellbeing outside our buildings as well as inside. By increasing nature and natural elements indoors, sick building syndrome will become a thing of the past.

Help make September the 5th Biophilic Cities Day, a day to celebrate how we incorporate nature into our urban environment.

* Data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

Purchase your ticket now through Eventbrite and visit the conference website for full details: https://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/events/biophilic 

For further information please contact us using the form below:

 


Dr Tim Beatley is currently ‘Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities’ in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University Of Virginia. He is an internationally recognised biophilic city researcher, founder of the Biophilic Cities Network Project and author of several books on environmental sustainability, ‘Green Urbanism’ and biophilic city design.  His most recent publication ‘Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design’ is acclaimed internationally by both academics and industry leader.
Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of biophilic architectural and interior design and . He is currently involved in ‘The BRE Biophilic Office Project’ to implement biophilic design strategies to provide tangible human well-being benefits. The project will provide both qualitative and quantitative data to understand and benefit from an improved connection to nature in the workplace. As a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal assessor he frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Other speakers will be added to the website once confirmed.