Life on roofs – recreation, sports and fun

Life on roofs – recreation, sports and fun – This is the main theme of the current issue of Green Roof News 1 – 2014 and we’ll be showcasing the manifold usage possibilities with examples from Singapore, Istanbul, Berlin and Copenhagen. Ski slopes, golf courses, swimming pools or playgrounds on roofs – all of these examples follow the tradition of the Swiss-French architectural theorist Le Corbusier by making roof gardens preferred gathering places on buildings.

If we change the colour from green to white: There have been many discussions about white roofs to respond to the challenges of climate change and the urban heat island effect. Let us take a look on a scientific study and the results to be prepared for further debates. For the first time you will find a research review of the year 2013 with selected articles from the international pool of publications.

Apart from that, we will put a spotlight on the causes for the Riga supermarket roof collapse. And we will present Green Roof projects from different countries and feature some interesting green building events.

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International Green Roof Association Newsletter

“Anyone who stops improving has stopped being good“, this quote from businessman Philip Rosenthal applies especially to the green roof branch. The new issue of “Green Roof News” therefore picks up on the latest trends and innovations, addressing subjects such as technical solutions for irrigating roof gardens, the new Europe-wide testing protocol for green roof systems, and the first system build-up using renewable raw materials. 

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Apart from that we present green roof projects from different countries and look back on the International Green Roof Congress 2013 where the Mayor of Hamburg presented a green roof strategy for the German million-strong metropolis. A cost-benefit analysis from the USA demonstrates how the advantages of green roofs can be put into numbers and which groups benefit mostly from them. The green roof events in Nantes, Singapore and Portugal over the next 3 months are also proof of the dynamic which the subject of green roofs has acquired this year. 

Please don´t hesitate to share this information with your colleagues and friends who are interested in Green Roofs. 

Have fun reading ! 

Wolfgang Ansel
Director International Green Roof Association

3rd International Green Roof Congress

Press Release
SAVE THE DATE: 3rd International Green Roof Congress in Hamburg, Germany (13-15
May, 2013)
Green Roofs coming home – This slogan borrowed from the world of football can be aptly
used to describe the 3rd International Green Roof Congress to be held in Hamburg/Germany in May 2013. The port metropolis already belonged to the Premier League of German Green Roof Communities back in the 80s. New challenges to be faced in the areas of climate protection and adaption, as well as in urban living quality, have put Green Roofs back on the agenda. It is the perfect choice of location to present the current status of Green Roofs / Vertical Greenery and to discuss its connection with modern architectural concepts and urban planning solutions. The participants can expect a high-class congress programme with lectures, workshops and excursions, including the International Garden Show 2013 and the International Building Exhibition – Building the City Anew (IBA), both taking place at the same time in Hamburg.
The list of speakers includes sustainability experts from different disciplines like Kai-Uwe
Bergmann (BIG), Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl (Atelier Dreiseitl), Wong Mun Summ (WOHA), Peter Busby (Perkins + Will), Prof. Dr. Manfred Köhler (University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg), Martin Haas (STUDIO 2050), Roland Appl (International Green Roof Association) and Ilya Mochalov (International Federation of Landscape Architects).
A multidisciplinary platform for Green Roof applications in architecture, landscape architecture, urban waterscapes and urban planning – the 3rd International Green Roof Congress is a unique event you should not miss!
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) supports the conference. Therefore members of the national Landscape Architect Associations are eligible for a 20% discount on the congress fee (select the option “Host and Supporter” in the online registration form). In addition, an early bird discount of 10% will be applied to bookings received by 28th February 2013. For more information please visit the congress website ( or contact the congress office.
Contact: International Green Roof Association – Congress Office
PO Box 2025; 72610 Nuertingen / Germany
Phone: +49 70 22 7191 980; E-mail: Image

3rd International Green Roof Congress

The 3rd International Green Roof Congress is coming up! Please save the date for this exciting congress which will be organised by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) from 13 – 15 May 2013 at the Empire Riverside Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. This conference is under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

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