Speakers

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Wolfgang Ansel

Wolfgang Ansel is a biologist and Director of the International Green Roof Association (IGRA). He is co-author of various books on Green Roofs, and has been a frequent speaker at congresses in Europe, North America and Asia over recent years. IGRA’s targets include the worldwide promotion of the ecological Green Roof idea, international knowledge transfer in the field of Green Roofs and the stimulation of international standards for good practice and reliable Green Roof technology. One of IGRA’s main areas of work is implementing Green Roof policies at an international level. Together with the City of Portland (Environmental Services) and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), IGRA has created a platform to facilitate the application of Green Roof policies, the “International Green Roof City Network”.

Company:
International Green Roof Association IGRA
Country:
Germany
Office:
72610 Nürtingen
Website:
igra-world.com

Mark Bentley

Mark Bentley is a Landscape Architect at the environmental charity Groundwork London. Since joining Groundwork in 2011, Mark has worked on the design and management of public realm, parks and housing estate improvement projects with communities across London.

Mark is currently leading the design and implementation of a series of climate change adaptation measures on three housing estates in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, as part of a large EU funded project.

Mark previously worked as an Environmental Consultant at Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd, and before that as a Project Manager at the construction research organisation CIRIA. Through these roles Mark worked on the development and implementation of best practice in areas including embodied carbon assessment, construction resource efficiency and urban ecology.

Richard Brown

Richard is a civil engineer, an expert on hydraulic modelling and an industry expert on retrofit Sustainable Drainage (rSuDS). Richard Brown has broad experience of projects across the water cycle in the UK and abroad.

 

 

Company:
Arup.com & DCWW Rainscape
Country:
Bristol, United Kingdom
Publications:
Green Infrastructure Retrofit in High Density Urban Environments: Mechanisms for delivery
Website:
http://www.dwrcymru.com/en/My-Wastewater/RainScape/RainScape-Llanelli.aspx
Office:
[email protected]

Dr. Michael Bruse

Director Innovations and Products with ENVI-MET, Dr. Bruse is main designer of the ENVI-met Software since 1993 and full professor for Geography at the University of Mainz.
Michael Bruse contributes over 20 years of executive level experience in simulating outdoor microclimates. He is co-founder, Partner and Director Innovations and Products of ENVI-MET and in this position oversees the technical output of the company whilst also taking creative lead.
He incorporates innovative simulation solutions into projects, creating the best solutions for innovative architectural designs and landscape visions.
Since 2007, he has also been a Partner at Werner Sobek, GreenTechnologies realising major lead projects in sustainable design worldwide.

MAIN PROJECTS INCLUDE

  • Dubai Crystal: Microclimate simulations
  • Heart of Europe: Microclimate simulations
  • West Kowloon Cultural District: Thermal comfort of outdoor spaces
  • Sydney CBD: Microclimate and thermal comfort assessment
Company:
ENVI-MET
Country:
Germany
Website:
ENVI-MET
Publications:
ENVI-met System: Ein dreidimensionales Mikroklimamodell

Lisa Maria Enzenhofer

Lisa Maria Enzenhofer, project leader landscape breathe.austria, studied architecture in Graz and has worked in offices in Vienna, Graz and Malta.
In 2012 she co-founded the collective Lendlabor where she initiated various projects in public spaces, focusing on vacant buildings and resources to promote social and ecological diversity in Poland, Brazil and Austria.
team.breathe.austria is a transdisciplinary team of individuals that was established to work on the Austrian Pavilion at Expo 2015 in an open and non-hierarchical way and in collaboration with specialists from various disciplines.

Country:
Austria
Website:
www.breatheaustria.at
Office:
Institute for Architecture and Landscape, LANDLAB ia&l Graz University of Technology

Vera Enzi

University of Life Sciences BOKU and Green4Cities – The Urban Green Infrastructure Competence Center, European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations EFB

Vera Enzi is working in Urban Green Infrastructure Research and Training at the University of Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) since 2010. Co- founded Green4Cities, the Urban Green Infrastructure Competence Center Startup in 2014, currently growing sectors R&D, Networks and Consulting. Supports Green Infrastructure through contributing to networks like the European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls or the EC Biodiversity and Business Platform. Expert Consultant for Green Roofs, outdoor and indoor Green Walls, Rain Gardens and Green Concrete.

Company:
Green4Cities
Country:
Austria
Website:
www.green4cities.com
Office:
1070 Vienna, Westbahnstrasse 7 Top 6
Publications:
Power of Surface – How Cities adopt to Climate Change

Helga Fassbinder

Helga Fassbinder is an urban planner, political scientist, writer, professor emeritus of the University of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands, former chairperson of the TUE Institute of Urban Renewal and Urban Management, professor emeritus of the University of Technology Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, former Head of the TUHH Institute of Urban Planning and Development. Since 2006 she is member and vice chairperson of the Technische Advies Commissie Hoofdgroenstructuur (a committee for the protection of green zones) of the City of Amsterdam.

Fassbinder initiated new ideas in urban planning long before the mainstream. At the end of the 60’s, while still a student, she organized the fight against the demolition of Kreuzberg in Berlin and mobilized students in the Department of Architecture at the Techn.University applying her new concept of a soft urban renewal approach working together with the residents. Her publications about urban renewal led to her appointment to the first academic chair on urban renewal in Europe at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. There she worked together with students supporting actions groups in their negotiations in the fight against the demolition of their neighbourhoods.

After the fall of the Berlin wall, being invited to present ideas for the further development of Berlin, she suggested a broad public forum with representatives of the various social layers of the city, initiated and organized together with Senator Volker Hassemer the Stadtforum Berlin. Fassbinder was a member of the board of the Stadtforum from 1990-1996.

A decade ago, long before the broader recognition of the value of green roofs and green facades for the living conditions of the cities, she developed the concept of ‘Biotope City – the City as Nature’ and organized an international congress on this issue at the TUE in 2002. In 2004 she started the Foundation Biotope City, which has been editing BIOTOPE CITY JOURNAL since 2006. The Foundation stimulates greening and integration of nature in the City and supports initiatives and projects.

At present she is, among other things, engaged in the project of a neigborhood ‘Biotope City’ on the former industrial estate of CocaCola in Vienna, together with the Austrian architects Harry Glück, Rüdiger Lainer a.o., offering housing for about 4.000 residents.

Fassbinder has been a guest professor lecturing in many places throughout Europe. She continues to guest lecture. She is the author of various books and articles on planning strategies, housing architecture, urban renewal, planning participation and the city as nature.

She lives in Amsterdam and Vienna.

Website:
www.helgafassbinder.com
Publications:
http://www.biotope-city.net/

Laura Gatti

Laura Gatti is an Italian-born agronomist from Milan, with her own firm Studio Laura Gatti landscape consultants which she established in 1992.

After graduating in Agricultural Science from the University of Milan, she took her Post-Graduate Diploma in Parks and Gardens at the University of Turin with honorable mention. From early on, her career has focused on tree care through research, arboricultural implication studies, tree maintenance, development of alternative strategies, and the restoration of public and private historic parks such as the renowned Giardino Ducale in Parma (ca 1770), the Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto Park – Winter Olympic Games Turin 2006, and Pisa’s Giuliano da Sangallo fortress (ca 1515).

Based in Milan, her practice has worked across Italy and the Mediterranean as well as in different European countries, the Middle East and China. Her background in horticulture, landscape, engineering and urban life science gives a wide perspective. Focusing on tree planting and care, she also advises cities and developers on innovations in mixed-use design, urban regeneration, urban soil conservation, vertical greening, urban farming and environmentally sustainable green building principles. For many years now, her interest has been urban greening technology, especially integrating trees and maximizing green roof benefits, with special reference to the enhancement of biodiversity. Laura Gatti is co-designer of the multi-awarded Bosco Verticale by Stefano Boeri and is leading the follow-up phase.

Laura Gatti has worked with major international design firms on a wide variety of city centre sites, prioritizing cycle networks and pedestrian access, as well as historical parks, and archeological sites.

Laura Gatti is currently working on the restoration of a 440 hectare park close to Milan.
Since 2005, Laura Gatti has been Assistant Professor of the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milan.

Founder and Past President of the Italian Society of Arboriculture, she also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture, the largest world association promoting the professional practice of arboriculture fostering a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. She was awarded Professional of the Year 2008 by the Targa Fabio Rizzi, granted by the Fair of Padua , Flormart-Miflor and trade editors.

Laura Gatti has traveled back to her home many times to speak about and work on aspects of city greening, helping the city to rethink and rebuild itself.

Dusty Gedge

Dusty Gedge is a Green Infrastructure consultant working in London, UK and Europe. He is the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB), founder of Livingroofs.org, and is a working group member of the EU Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services Working Group.

Biodiversity and birds on green roofs drew him into this work 20 years ago. Nature is at the heart of his work although he naturally deals with all the issues that cities face and how vegetation can help cities adapt to climate change.

Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer, consultant and public speaker on green roofs. He has worked on Green Infrastructure projects in the UK for the last 15 years. Some of these are recognised as seminal projects, especially in London. Dusty Gedge also advises virtually on projects across the world through his consultancy firm the Green Infrastructure Consultancy [GIC].

Dusty Gedge has also been a TV presenter on a number of UK shows and makes his own Green Intrastructure and Green Roof and Nature Videos. He is also an avid nature photographer and social networker, posting on Twitter, Facebook and G+.

www.dustygedge.co.uk

Company:
www.livingroofs.org
Country:
United Kingdom
Twitter:
greenroofsuk
Website:
www.dustygedge.co.uk

Gary Grant

Gary is a consultant ecologist, Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, Thesis Supervisor at Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment at University College London, Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity and author of two books: Green Roofs and Facades (BRE Press 2006) and Ecosystem Services Come to Town – Greening cities by working with nature (Wiley 2012). His new book, The Water Sensitive City will be published by Wiley in 2016.

Gary’s projects include London Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan, Whitehill-Bordon Eco Town, Lend Lease HQ Roof Garden, Westfield living wall, Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden, Education City, Qatar and Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

Twitter:
ecoschemes
Company:
Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ltd
Country:
UK
Publications:
Ecosystem Services Come to Town: Greening Cities by Working with Nature
Website:
greeninfrastructureconsultancy.com

Wolfgang Heidenreich

After completing his academic studies in landscape ecology at the University of Kassel in Germany, Wolfgang Heidenreich worked for various landscape architects and engineering firms. His projects are in the fields of urban planning, landscape architecture, instrumentation and open space planning. They include renovation and new building projects across Germany. Heidenreich is a member and co-worker in various public organisations and urban greening associations.

Company:
Landschafts-Architekturbüro Heidenreich
Country:
Munich, Germany
Publications:
Vorteile der Gebäudebegrünung – Übersicht für die Münchner Stadtgesellschaft, Begrünungsbüro in Green City e.V., Alexandra Schmidt, Wolfgang Heidenreich, 2. überarbeitete Auflage
Website:
www.greencity.de
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/greencityev

Dr. Manfred Köhler

Dr. Köhler studied at the Technical University of Berlin, with a Diploma Degree in 1981 and a PhD in 1987 on “Ecological effects of living wall systems”.

Main research interests:

  • Urban Ecology: Green roofs, living walls, indoor greening
  • Historic Parks and Gardens in north eastern Germany
  • Ecological Planning of Golf Courses.

 
Since 2008, Dr. Köhler has been Vice Dean of the Department of Landscape Science and Geomantic and is Founder of the Green Roof Research Centre, at the University of Applied Sciences, Neubrandenburg.

In 2008, he became co-founder and President of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) and is (www.worldgreenroof.org).

Member of: Federal Landscape architecture organisation (BDLA), Member of several FLL guideline working groups (www.FLL.de), Representative of the German FBB for international relations (www.fbb.de ) and country representative at the European Green Roof Association EFB.

Since 2014, he has been Detao Master of Sustainable Architecture (Shanghai, China).
Approx. 150 scientific publications, mainly with a focus on green roofs, living walls and indoor greening

Ágnes Koller-Posztós

Ágnes Koller-Posztós is a Hungarian architect and urbanist. She is experienced in green policy issues of Budapest and currently collaborates in projects as e.g. “TÉR_KÖZ: Competition for districts of Budapest to support sustainable urban development projects” or the development of a Master plan of Public space utilization methods in Budapest.

Company:
City of Budapest, Chief architect office
Country:
Hungary
Website:
www.budapest.hu

Bernhard König

Bernhard König, project leader breathe.austria, studied architecture and urbanism in Weimar, Oxford and Zurich and has worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, the Büro für Urbane Projekte in Leipzig and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation before entering TU Graz, Institute for Architecture and Landscape as Researcher in 2010.
team.breathe.austria is a transdisciplinary team of individuals that was established to work on the Austrian Pavilion at Expo 2015 in an open and non-hierarchical way and in collaboration with specialists from various disciplines.

Country:
Austria
Website:
www.breatheaustria.at
Company:
Institute for Architecture and Landscape, LANDLAB ia&l Graz University of Technology

Dr. Horst Korn

Dr. Horst Korn has been working in international conservation for biodiversity since 2003, and since 2007 has sat on the Working Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change for the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, which Dr Korn founded and developed. The Working Group advises the Federal Environment Ministry on scientific aspects of biodiversity, especially implementation and further development of the Convention on Biological Diversity. For more than a decade, he has organized on a regular basis national, European and global workshops and conferences that deal with the links between Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Office:
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
Country:
Isle of Vilm, Germany
Website:
Climate Change and Biodiversity
Publications:
Helping ecosystems in Europe to adapt to climate change Proceedings of the European Conference „Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe – an ecological, policy and economic perspective“

Juliet Lidgren

Juliet Lidgren is the architect trying to implement ecosystem services into the planning process in the City of Malmö. She firmly believes that business as usual is no longer an option, since that got us in this situation to begin with. Juliet seeks alternative solutions to change legislation, making it both easy and legal to do the right thing as well as spreading knowledge and awareness about the state of the world and how climate change might affect Malmö. Work methods include system analysis, creating a common narrative and scanning the world for best practice.

Country:
Malmö, Sweden
Company:
Malmö stad

John Little

John Little is known for his pioneering work on social housing estates in the UK, demonstrating how property can be converted into a growing paradise, especially at Clapton Park Estate in East London. He is also known for his work on small scale green roofs with his organisation, the Grass Roof Company. Through another company, Green Roof Shelters, Little also offers modules for small, biodiverse buildings.

Company:
Grass Roof Company
Country:
Horndon on the Hill, United Kingdom
Publications:
Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living, by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, and Edmund C. Snodgrass
Twitter:
@grassroofco

Ferdinand Ludwig

Ferdinand Ludwig is co-founder and scientific coordinator of Research Group Baubotanik at the Institute for Architectural Theory (IGMA) at the University of Stuttgart. He studied architecture and graduated with his PhD thesis “Botanical basics of Baubotanik and their application to design practice” in 2012. He is a pioneering architect in the field of Baubotanik (“Living Plant Constructions”), and in the recent years has designed and realized highly-regarded projects that combine the growth processes of living plants with an engineering approach. Through his PhD-studies, which were honored in 2013 with the “prize for outstanding scientific achievements” by the University of Stuttgart, he developed multiple horticultural construction techniques and analyzed botanical rules of growth to deduce construction rules for living plant constructions. Ferdinand teaches at the University of Stuttgart in international Bachelors and Masters courses, leading workshops and giving lectures on the topic of living architecture worldwide. In 2010 he started the collaborative office ludwig.schönle with Daniel Schönle, focusing on design strategies to integrate Baubotanik concepts in architecture and urban planning.

Company:
ludwig.schoenle
Publications:
Research Group Baubotanik, Institute for Architectural Theory

Peter Massini

Peter Massini has spent the majority of his 20 year professional career as an ecologist and natural environment policy maker in the urban environment of London.

He started his career with the London Wildlife Trust as the organisation’s East London Conservation Manager during the late 1980’s, and from the mid-1990’s he worked for the London Ecology Unit, providing advice to London Boroughs on spatial planning issues, development control and site management.

He subsequently worked for Natural England where he had responsibility for the agency’s strategic planning and policy work for the London region. He helped formulate and instigate London’s green infrastructure framework – the All London Green Grid – and the policies that helped foster interest in green roofs and other forms of urban greening.

Peter currently works for the Greater London Authority on green infrastructure and urban greening, managing policy and programmes aimed at improving London’s green spaces and greening London’s built environment. He has a particular interest in understanding how to make the natural environment more relevant in London, by ensuring its many benefits are recognised as being an essential part of a liveable, resilient city.

Sandra Naumann

Sandra Naumann works as Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute and coordinates the Institute’s biodiversity activities. Her work focuses on the assessment and enhancement of European and national land use and biodiversity conservation policies and their links to climate change. She is particularly interested in the design and implementation of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in rural and urban areas, focusing on the analysis of costs and benefits, ways to more effectively involve and engage stakeholders, valuing social perception and how to generate multiple benefits. She was also a member of the recent expert group on “Nature based solutions and renaturing cities” commissioned by DG Research, which contributed to the development of the EU Research and Innovation policy agenda.

Company:
Ecologic Institute
Publications:
Green Infrastructure: A as a bridging concept between biodiversity protection conservation and the Green Economy, Design, implementation and cost elements of Green Infrastructure projects.
Country:
Germany
Website:
www.ecologic.eu

Thomas Pucher

Atelier Thomas Pucher’s designs arise from meticulous research, grasping the spirit of the site and its context to create iconic buildings that stand for themselves. The Atelier Thomas Pucher team includes 30 architects and engineers from all over the world, together with a general planning team of 60 mechanical and structural engineers and consultants in energy and building physics.

Company:
Atelier Thomas Pucher ZT
Country:
Austria
Office:
8020 Graz, Bahnhofgürtel 77/6
Website:
www.thomaspucher.com

Bernhard Scharf

Bernhard Scharf, born 1974 in Salzburg, studied Landscape architecture and Landscape planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. He wrote his masters thesis at the institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction (IBLB) on flowering turf, a drought and load resistant alternative to grass lawns. Since 2006 he is employed as Scientist at the IBLB. His research focus is on vegetation technology, especially building integrated greening, quantification and simulation of plant effects.
In 2014 he co-founded a spin-off company called Green4Cities to support development and realization of green infrastructure.

Professional experience 
From 2006: Technical Director | Green4cities GmbH
Green4cities GmbH, Westbahnstrasse 7, 1070 Vienna, Austria

Researcher and Lecturer | University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, ­Vienna – Department of Structural Engineering and Natural Hazards – Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction GmbHL
University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 Vienna

Main activities and responsibilities: Development of research project design, investigation methods, data analyses methods, product innovation and design

Project acquisition
Business partner acquisition and communication. Operational lead of national and international research projects in the field of Vegetation technique.  Consultant of architects and landscape architects concerning building integrated green and green infrastructure.  Publication and presentation of research results at national and international congresses.  Build up of an international interdisciplinary network of experts.

Main projects
– GrünStadtKlima project: www.gruenstadtklima.at
– PROGREENcity project: www.progreencity.com
– EXPO Austria Pavillon: www.expoaustria.at
– GreenConcrete project: www.schotterrasen.at
– PV-Dachgarten

A detailed description of the research projects and publications can be found here

2001 – Master of Science in Landscape Architecture. Flowering Lawn – Investigation of seed mixtures 1998 and 1999 at the University of Life Science and Natural Resources, Vienna, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 ­Vienna

Memberships and awards
Member and editor of Biotope City Journal
Member of Austrian Association of Landscape Architects (ÖGLA)
Member of the association „Verein zur Förderung von Grün-Stadt-Technologien – Green City Technologies“
Member of LinkedIn groups Biotope City, Green Cities, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and Vertical Gradens and Living Walls

Publications:
List of Publications
List of knowledge transfer
List of presentations
List of supervised master thesis
Company:
Green4Cities
Office:
Westbahnstrasse 7 Top 6a, 1070 Vienna, Austria, Europe
Website:
green4cities.com

Andrea Sipos

Andrea Sipos is a Hungarian landscape architect and is currently doing her PhD in Landscape Architecture. She works as advisor and administrator for landscape architecture in the Metropolitan Area of Budapest and has a wide range of knowledge from local and small scaled green infrastructure projects to long-term conceptions of the city.

Company:
City of Budapest, Chief architect office
Website:
www.budapest.hu
Country:
Hungary

Strahil Christov

Strahil Christov is a Policy Officer in the European Commission, DG Environment, Unit Biodiversity, working on TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) and Business and Biodiversity.
Strahil is the Commission contact point for Phase 2 of the European Business and Biodiversity Platform.
He is also part of the TEEB Coordination Group.