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OCTOBER 19–21, 2009 CITIESALIVE! THE WORLD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK’S CONFERENCE IN TORONTO THIS OCTOBER WILL SHOWCASE BEST PRACTICES FOR A GLOBAL SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE By Manfred Köhler STUDENT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COMPETITION CASH PRIZES FOR WINNERS OF THE TRANSFORMING THE FACE OF BUILDINGS CHALLENGE he future is widely touted to belong to the youth of today, and with that in mind, organizers of the upcoming CitiesAlive World Green Roof Congress have launched a student design challenge to encourage student acumen regarding the interdisciplinary aspects of sustainable urban design. Entitled Transforming the Face of Buildings, the challenge is designed to inspire and engage student teams from a variety of faculties to examine ways of reducing the impact of climate change by productively using the walls and roofs of buildings, incorporating green infrastructure elements such as green roofs, green walls and urban forestry. Registration for Transforming the Face of Buildings Student Design Competition has begun and all educational institutions at which there is a sponsoring faculty member may participate. A multidisciplinary panel of experts drawn from the infrastructure, design and building sectors will review submissions and winning designs will be displayed at CitiesAlive taking place in Toronto, Ontario in Oct. 19 21, 2009. There are cash prizes to be won, thanks to the support of challenge sponsor Toronto's Ryerson University. D hen leaders of several national green roof organizations first discussed the formation of an international green building technology organization in Chicago in 2003, a primary focus for the newly imagined World Green Roof Infrastructure Network was to facilitate the dissemination of information and best practices amongst our members. We are, therefore, very excited to announce a milestone first international event to satisfy this goal: the debut World Green Roof Infrastructure Congress, CitiesAlive, will take place Oct. 19 to 21, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, with the timely theme “Green Roof Infrastructure: A Global Solution to Climate Change.” At CitiesAlive, leaders in the fields of green roof and wall research, policy and amazing groundbreaking projects from markets around the world will gather to share information and do business. Speakers from over 15 countries (and counting) are confirmed program participants, and local Congress organizers have compiled many green infrastructure-related activities for international and regional delegate participation. The groundbreaking event will feature a variety of exciting and informative activities for delegates. Festivities kick-off Oct. 19th with a welcoming reception at Toronto City Hall, hosted by Mayor David Miller and tour of the brand new green roof on the landmark City Hall building. Programming on Oct. 20th will focus on world-class case studies, research and projects LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR W that are pushing the boundaries of green roof and wall infrastructure development and design, from greening subways in Santiago, Chile to extensive green roof research in Shanghai to pioneering policy work in Chicago and Toronto. Emerging trends including urban agriculture will also be explored. In addition, students from around the world have been invited to participate in the CitiesAlive student design challenge – Transforming the Face of Buildings (see right) – an initiative to engage the creative powers of tomorrow’s green roof designers, researchers and supporters with the winning submissions to be displayed at the Congress. On Oct. 21st, delegates can discover aspects of sustainability initiatives across Toronto through walking, public transit and guided tours across the region. From green roofs to renewable energy, to industrial ecology and “greening the suburbs,” there is a wealth of interesting sites to visit. The day wraps up with an “Around the World of Green Roofs” gala event at the gorgeous Toronto Botanical Gardens. It is a challenging world and green building technology is one solution to tackling the impacts of climate change that affect us all. On behalf of international WRGIN members from eleven countries (so far), I look forward to welcoming you in Toronto Canada for CitiesAlive this fall. Together we can build the cooperative effort needed to work for a better, greener and more sustainable world. D Manfred Köhler (koehler@hs-nb.de) is the president of the Board of the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network. T JOIN US IN TORONTO FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, VISIT WWW.CITIESALIVE.ORG 2 SUMMER 2009 http://WWW.CITIESALIVE.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2009

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2009
The Case for Mandated Green Roofs
Citiesalive!
Student Sustainable Design Competition
GIF Road Show
U.S. Green Roof Industry Grew By 35 Percent in 2008
Part 1 of 2: Risk-Reduction Tools
On the Roof With . . .
The World's First Accredited Green Roof Professionals (GRPs)
A Haven for Butterflies
A Green Roof at Sea
A Biophilic Oasis
A Green Roof for Every Angle
Community Focal Point
Nature in the City
Growing Lives
A Green Roof with Wings
A Policy Pioneer
A Dedicated Researcher
Designing a Better Future
Fire & Wind Standards
GHRC Professional Development Calendar
Welcome New Corporate Members
Green Wall Research
Standing the Test of Time

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