The Congress at a Glance

Scheduled for the 17th and 18th of February 2018 in Kuwait City, IGRA´s 5th International Green Roof Congress will focus on Nature Based Solutions for Green Buildings in dry climates. Practical Green Roofs and Green Walls technology will be presented, discussed and taught along with the latest achievements in standards, science and municipal strategies. Certified Green Roof experts, designers, landscape architects, plant experts and delegates of municipal authorities will be sharing their knowledge with the audience.

The 5th International Green Roof Congress will host important players involved in the promotion of Green Infrastructure through exceptional works of architectural achievement. Speakers will include for example Kai Uwe Bergmann from BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, New York, London), Deborah Nevins from Deborah Nevins & Associates (New York), Kyosuk Lee from MVRDV (Rotterdam, Shanghai), Helli Pangalou from elandscape-H. Pangalou and Associates (Greece), Jamil Corbani from GreenStudios (Beirut, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles) and Green Roof pioneer Roland Appl, president of the International Green Roof Association IGRA. Building from this foundation, a series of groundbreaking and inspiring projects for the sustainable development of future-oriented cities will be presented.

Al Shaheed Park, Kuwait City

Al Shaheed Park ( is the most significant Green Infrastructure project in Kuwait and, at the same time, one of the largest Green Roof projects in the world. The overall development of the park is taking place in four successive stages. The master plan combines cultural, social and environmental aspects perfectly. During the first construction phase (2013-2015) almost all buildings, including the 17.000 m² ceiling of the underground car park were fitted with roof greening. In total this is 35.000 m² of Green Roofs. In 2017 the second expansion “Phase II” was opened for the public, thus doubling the total Green Roof area of the park.

Seoullo 7017, Seoul, South Korea

A true plant village has been created on a former inner city highway in central Seoul. The ever-changing urban area has been transformed into a 983-metre long public park and is home to the largest variety of Korean plants in one place. 50 families of plants including trees, shrubs and flowers are displayed in 645 tree pots, and a total of approximately 228 species and sub-species have found their home in the park. 24,000 young plants (trees, shrubs and flowers) were planted in all, many of which will only grow to their final heights in the next decade.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), Athens, Greece

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, includes the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park, located on the edge of Faleron Bay in Athens, Greece. The “metamorphoses of a topos” has been designed by Deborah Nevins and Associates, in collaboration with the local landscape architects H. Pangalou and Associates, with a sustainable approach, respecting the surrounding ecosystems and the landscape dynamics. The SNFCC includes 25,568 m2 green roofs of various types. The project was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification at the Platinum level, the first for a project of this scale and complexity in Europe.

Google Campus at King's Cross Central, London, UK

The design for the new Google Campus at King’s Cross in London is rooted in the local character of the area, taking advantage of the contextually defined building envelope while creating continuously cascading work environments that will connect Googlers across multiple floors. By opening up the ground floor and activating the roofscape, the light and airy workspaces are sandwiched between the terraced gardens on the roof - and market halls, auditoria and shops on the ground. Construction on the King’s Cross office will commence in 2018.

Excursion Al Shaheed Park

The pre-congress excursion will provide the delegates with a unique opportunity to experience the outstanding installations of the Al Shaheed Park, as well as allowing them to reap some insider knowledge from the developers and managers of the park.

Evening Reception

Al Shaheed Park is a different place after sunset. Spectacular lightshows and musical fountains create a very special atmosphere, which makes the park a perfect venue for the evening reception. Guests can continue their conversations of the day and make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Time Schedule 5th International Green Roof Congress Kuwait 17+18 February 2018


Saturday 17 February 2018 - Excursion, Lectures, Evening Reception

Morning - Excursion Al Shaheed Park
09:30 - 11.30Excursion Al Shaheed ParkWalking Tour - tour guide
Afternoon - Lectures: Outstanding Project Examples (Main Focus)
12:00 - 13:00Registration / Refreshment / Exhibition 
13:00 - 14:45Welcoming Speech

Roland Appl, President, International Green Roof Association (IGRA)

Al Shaheed Park - Reclaiming the Former Green BeltEng. Haifa Al Muhanna, Al Diwan Al Amiri, Kuwait
Hot to Cold - The Possibilities of Adaptive ArchitectureKai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Denmark, USA, UK
Seoullo 7017 - Plant a Village on a Former Inner City HighwayKyosuk Lee, MVRDV, Netherlands, China
14:45 - 15:30Refreshments / Exhibition 
15:30 - 17:30Green Roofs in Dry Climates - Taking up a ChallengeRoland Appl, International Green Roof Association (IGRA)
Al Shaheed Park - The Urban Oasis ExperienceEng. Khaled Al Fouzan, The Associated Engineering Partnership (TAEP), Kuwait
SNFCC Stavros Niarchos Park - Metamorphoses of a ToposDeborah Nevins, President of Deborah Nevins & Associates, USA & Helli Pangalou, President of elandscape-H. Pangalou and Associates, Greece
Evening - Reception
19:30 - 22:30Evening Reception Al Shaheed ParkDinner, Get Together

Sunday 18 February 2018 - Lectures

08:00 - 09:00Refreshments / Exhibition 
Morning - Lectures: Sustainable Urban Planning / Green Building strategies for the Gulf region (Main Focus)
09:00 - 10:304th Kuwait Master Plan 2040 - Green Buildings in Smart CitiesEng. Sulaiman Alrashed, Kuwait Municipality
AlSa'fat - The New Green Building Rating System of DubaiMs. Fida Mohammed Alhammadi, Dubai Municipality
Doha 2032 - The Great Green Masterplan Sheikh Soud Al Thani, Sustainability Manager, ASTAD, Qatar
Cities Alive - Green Building EnvelopesRudi Scheuermann, Leader Global Building Envelope Design ARUP, Germany
10:30 - 11:00Refreshments / Exhibitions 
11:00 - 12:00Municipal Green Roof Strategies - An International OverviewWolfgang Ansel, Director International Green Roof Association (IGRA)
Making Green Roofs happen in the Middle East - Barriers and ChallengesPanel Discussion
12:00 - 13:00Lunch / Exhibition 
13:00 - 14:30Green Roof 4.0 - Systems for Roof Utilisation for the FutureRalf Walker, Division Manager R&D ZinCo GmbH, Germany
Green Roofs and Green Walls in Dry Climates - Practical ExperiencesJamil Corbani, Founder Green Studios, Lebanon, Egypt, USA
Green Roofs and Green BuildingsRazan Nejem, LEED® AP, USGBC®, Kuwait Green Building Council
14:30 - 15:15Refreshments / Exhibition 
15:15 - 17:00

Vertical Gardens in Desert Climate:  Indoors and Outdoors 

Patrick Blanc – Botanist and Artist, Vertical Garden (Mur Végétal) Inventor, France

Top 10 Living Architecture Trends in Dry & Sub-Humid RegionsLinda S. Velazquez, Founder, USA
Closing Session 
Programme changes reserved


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