AIPH, in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, presents the City of London Green City Briefings – a series of 8 webinars that present compelling evidence and examples of the power of ‘living green’ in delivering multiple solutions to city challenges.
Innovative thinking of horizontal and vertical spaces enables retrofitting living green into city infrastructure, delivering solutions to the impacts of climate change, supporting local biodiversity, and improving the visual urban landscape. This briefing reports on implementation and planning of green roof and walls in response to legislation and financial incentives that support greater uptake.
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Mr Dusty Gedge, President Federation of European Green Roofs and Walls
Dusty Gedge is a green roof and urban green infrastructure professional, international public speaker on green roofs, ornithological/wildlife consultant and nature photographer.
In 2004, he set up livingroofs.org. Four years later, he was asked to develop the first green roof policy in the UK for the London Plan and was principal author of the original technical report.
Mr Kelvin Kan, Principal Architect & Facade Consultant
Kelvin Kan is the owner and founder of AgFacadesign, which was established in 2009. A registered Architect in the UK and Singapore, Kelvin has 20 years of architectural experience and has been actively involved in the glass walls and façade industries for more than a decade.
13:00 – Welcome
13:05 – Mr Dusty Gedge
Green roofs and walls are the future of cities, and the speaker will draw on his experience in the City of London, Greater London, UK as a designer policy maker and technical advisor. In addition his experience of his industry across Europe and the Globe will show why and how vegetation on buildings can make a significant contribution to climate adaptation, sustainability, and biodiversity.
Generally vegetation and soil has been seen as an aesthetic contribution to the city environment. However, this talk will show that it is the environmental performance of soil and vegetation should be our starting point as we retrofit and build our way out of the climate emergency.
13:25 – Presentation by Mr Kelvin Kan
13:45 – Q&A
14:00 – Session close
Session 4: The intersection between built infrastructure, wellbeing, and nature – 13th July
Quantifiable benefits of incorporating plants in office interior and exterior landscapes are revealed in neurological and physiological studies. Economic studies illustrate significant savings through enhanced productivity and creativity, and reduced absenteeism. In this briefing the opportunities, benefits, and processes of creating an effective, highly desirable built urban environment are discussed in the context of cities as a healthy human environment. Find out more.
Session 5: Urban Heat Island Effect and Urban Forests – 14th September
Planting trees in cities is a high profile activity reported around the globe. Trees certainly have a significant contribution to make in reducing the UHI effect, and reducing the serious health impacts of this phenomenon that has resulted from converging issues of climate change and increased built infrastructure. In this briefing the merits of trees are presented with attention to the importance of design, construction and maintenance in delivering benefits. Find out more.
Session 6: The Critical Dynamics of City Biodiversity and Global Conservation – 20th October
Cities are gaining recognition as identifiable ecosystems, and play an increasingly important role in global conservation. This briefing considers local action to enhance biodiversity, links with city-wide ecological corridors, and interactions with the wider landscape that direct city planning and growth. Find out more.
Session 7: Air Quality in Cities: the realistic and real benefits of plants – 9th November
Local improvements in air quality delivered by urban greening as climate change adaptation measures run alongside climate change mitigation strategies to reduce air pollution from emissions. This briefing focusses on providing clarity on what can be expected from living green within a multi-faceted approach to managing air pollution in cities. Find out more.
Session 8: London Report on Climate Action – 7th December