20–21 April 2015 | Zorlu Center | Istanbul

Congress Schedule

Compact and efficient – Two days of lectures, workshops and presentations


Monday 20 April 2015 – Lectures and Excursion

Morning – Excursion Zorlu Center

The Zorlu Center, a dynamic and impressive gateway, redefines the experience of contemporary life in the urban core. The mixed-use project with wide public spaces and grand-scale buildings, elements of urban and architectural quality that create a modern city in the 21st century, is a landmark at the European crossing point. With green spaces extending 72.000 m², the center provides a home for 200 plant species including 68 different types of trees.

Please notice: Places for the excursion are limited and the order of the receipt of registrations is taken into consideration by the event organiser.

10:00 – 12:00 Excursion Zorlu Center Walking tour – tour guide Zerrin Bucaklı

Afternoon – Lectures "Explore the Nature on Rooftops"

12:30 – 13:30 Registration, Refreshment, Exhibition  

Moderator: Fatih Türkmenoğlu, Program Presenter, Journalist, Producer, Author

13:30 – 15:30 Welcoming Speech Dr. Kadir Topbaş; Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey
Roland Appl; President, IGRA, Germany
Jean-Noël Fourel; Onduline Group CEO, France
Green Roofs from an Investors Perspective Mesut Pektaş; Chief Executive Officer of Zorlu Property Group, Turkey
"Safdie Architects: Recent Works" Jaron Lubin; Principal, Safdie Architects, USA
Ecological Architecture and Masterplanning Dr. Ken Yeang; Principal, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn.Bhd., Malaysia
15:30 – 16:00 Refreshments/Exhibition
16:00 – 18:00 A New Neighborhood in the City Emre Arolat; Founding Partner of Emre Arolat Architects (EAA), Turkey
Ten Steps to Designing and Building Reliable Green Roofs Roland Appl; President, IGRA, Germany
"Shaping Liveable Cities – The Art to Integrate Blue-Green and Social Factors" Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl; Director, Ramboll Liveable Cities Lab, Germany/Denmark
IGRA Green Roof Awards 2015
19:30 – 22:30 Evening Reception Bosphorus Cruise Boat Trip – Cocktail Prolonged


Tuesday 21 April 2015 – Workshops and Lectures

08:30 – ca. 09:00 Refreshment, Exhibition  

Morning – Workshops
The practice-oriented workshops will see certified Green Roof experts, designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, plant experts and delegates of municipal authorities sharing their knowledge and answering questions and queries. The workshops 1 and 2 are in parallel sessions.

General Moderator: Fatih Türkmenoğlu, Program Presenter, Journalist, Producer, Author

Workshop 1: “Planning, Installation and Maintenance of Green Roofs”

This workshop will cover the physical and technical aspects of planning, installing and maintaining Green Roofs. An overview will be followed by the address of specific Green Roof aspects such as irrigation, plant selection and others.

Moderator: Burhan Karahan, CEO, Onduline Avrasya A.S.

09:00 – 11:00 Green Roofs and roof technology- A proposal for a "check list" Melih Kamil; R&D Consultant, Onduline Group-OFITECH, Turkey
Green Roof Systems Ralf Walker; Horticultural Engineer, Division Manager Research and Development ZinCo GmbH, Germany
Green Roof Design at the Architecture and Landscape Intersect Dr. Deniz Aslan; Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, Turkey
Panel Discussion
11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments/Exhibition

Moderator: Murat Ermeydan, President of Istanbul Branch of Turkish Chamber of Landscape Architects

11:30 – 13:00 Plant selection for Extensive and Intensive Green Roofs Barış Işık; Landscape Architect: Turkey
Green Walls in Dry Climates – Practical Experiences Jamil Corbani; Green Studios, Libanon, USA
Installation and Maintenance of Green Roofs in Turkey Nesrin Karaoglu Otuzoglu; General Manager of Karaoglu Peyzaj, Turkey
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch/Exhibition

Workshop 2: "Green Roof Policies and Research"*

How can urban densification be combined with the improvement of the Green City Infrastructure? This workshop will demonstrate the possibilities of Green Roofs as an urban planning tool based on national and international case studies. In addition, new scientific findings will be presented.

* In cooperation with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality


Moderator: Fatih Türkmenoğlu, Program Presenter, Journalist, Producer, Author

09:00 – 11:00 Green Strategy for Istanbul Mehmet İhsan Şimşek; Department of Parks Gardens and Green Fields, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey
Green Roofs and Climate Adaptation Dr. Heleen Mees; Researcher, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
The International Green Roof City Network Wolfgang Ansel; Director; International Green Roof Association (IGRA), Germany
3 Million Euros for Green Roofs – The Green Roof Strategy of Hamburg Dr. Hanna Bornholdt; Ministry of Urban Development and Environment Hamburg (BSU), Germany
The Green Roof and Green Wall Strategy of Paris Caroline Haas; Mairie de Paris, Direction des espaces verts et de l'environnement (DEVE), France
11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments/Exhibition

Moderator: Dr. Çağatay Seçkin, Istanbul Technical University, Architecture Faculty Deputy Dean

11:30 – 13:00 Green Roof Experiments in Turkey and the USA Dr. Mert Ekşi; Researcher, Istanbul University Faculty of Forestry Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Turkey
Stormwater Management with Green Roofs Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Dickhaut; Researcher, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany
Energy aspects of Green Roof systems Dr. Serdar Celik; Researcher, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering, USA
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch/Exhibition

Afternoon – Lectures "Green Roofs in Dry and Mediterranean Climates"

Moderator: Fatih Türkmenoğlu, Program Presenter, Journalist, Producer, Author

14:00 – 15:30 Environmental Aspects of Green Roofs in Turkey Ayşegül Oruçkaptan; President of Turkish Chamber of Landscape Architects, Turkey
The UWC College Dilijan, Armenia Tim Flynn; Founder Tim Flynn Architects, UK  

Udo Dagenbach;
CEO of Glasser and Dagenbach Landscape Architects, Germany
Benefits of Green Roofs for Certified Green Buildings Berkay Somalı; Managing Partner, Altensis, Turkey
A LEED Gold Certified Building with a Mediterranean Green Roof in Greece Maria Kokkinou; Kokkinou + Kourkoulas Architects & Associates; Greece

Helli Pangalou; elandscape-H. Pangalou & Associates, Greece
15:30 – 16:00 Refreshments/Exhibition
16:00 – 17:30 Bosco Verticale – Biodiversity Injection Laura Gatti; Studio Laura Gatti, Italy
Mi'costa Residences – High Class Villas and Apartments with Green Roofs, Turkey Durmuş Dilekci; Principal of DİLEKCİ Architects (DDA), Turkey
Troy Archaeological Museum, Canakkale, Turkey Ömer Selçuk Baz; Founder of Yalin Architects, Turkey
What´s Next: Remote Sensing – Green Roof Inventory and Potential Analysis Julian Zeidler; German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
  Closing Session

Progamme changes reserved.