Green Buildings, Tropical Gardens

The exhibition ‘Green Buildings, Tropical Gardens’ in Berlins’s ifa Gallery focusses on South-East Asia, in particular Indonesia and Malaysia. In recent years, highly advanced and sophisticated projects have been built there, which are far from being architecture tied to investors’ interests. They show a new and innovative approach towards sustainable and landscape architecture. The presented architects, landscape architects and activists have each given their individual answer to the requirements of future-oriented buildings either in tropical rainforest or metropolitan areas.

The star architect Ken Yeang has a reputation as a pioneer in eco-architecture. He investigated in traditional Malaysian building typology in the early 1970s to develop his approach to sustainable architecture. Yeang set new standards for eco-architecture with his bioclimatic tower. The renowned landscape architect Ng Seksan is planning parks, gardens and public spaces that subtly merge with untouched, natural areas. The founders of the Green School in Bali, Indonesia, not only work with natural building materials, but with a holistic idea in mind – the concept of the harmony of ideas and practice with nature.

The exhibition will run from February 18, 2012 until March 10, 2013 in the ifa Gallery Berlin, Germany.

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DIY-Industry Ready to Meet New Environmental EU-Regulations

A new EU-wide environmental law concerning illegally harvested timber and timber products will be enforced from March 3rd, 2013. The German trade association for DIY, building and gardening products, BHB, presented a compliance-tool which will help meeting the new regulations by tracing the trade chains of timber products.

The new regulation says that every timber merchant within the EU has to declare where he got his timber from and whom he sold it to. If someone brings timber or timber products onto the market he is obliged to keep records of his suppliers and customers. These records are required to contain information about the traders, the country of origin, the suppliers and verification on compliance with national legislation. Based on this data a risk assessment has to be issued. If it is not possible to exclude the possibility that the timber may be harvested illegally it is prohibited to continue dealing with it.

BHB developed in cooperation with the IT-Company Global Traceability Solutions (GTS) the online compliance tool “RADIX Tree”. This program will document all required information in a database and create risk assessments. Andreas Back, speaker for the BHB and head of quality management and environment at the hardware store chain Hornbach said about this tool, that it is a “substantial improvement for the DIY-industry when complying with the new regulations.”

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Flower Shows and Garden Exhibitions in 2013

2013 is going to be a great year for garden exhibitions and flower shows all over the world. Whether you want to check out the recent trends in gardening and horticulture, meet new people, learn about seeding and cultivating plants in one of the many seminars or just want to be simply amazed by the most beautiful flowers, you’ll find plenty of opportunities.

Especially in spring there is a wide choice of exhibitions small ones and large ones in the USA, like the Washington Home and Garden Show, which is the largest garden show on the east coast. Or you come over to Germany, for example to the Internationale Gartenschau (IGS, International Garden Show) in Hamburg. It will be in the district of Wilhelmsburg, on Europe’s largest river island from April 26th to October 13th. This year’s motto is “Around the World in Eighty Gardens”.

Whichever garden shows you decide to visit, you can be sure to learn a lot about what customers in the green sector want and what their current preferences are.

There is a huge listing of flower and garden shows in the USA, Great Britain and other parts of the world over at:

Several Outdoor Products Decorated with the „Interior Innovation Award 2013“ at the imm Cologne

Big success for several producers of outdoor products: Ten furniture pieces and furnishings for balconies and gardens were granted the „Interior Innovation Award 2013” at the “Internationale Möbelmesse” (international furnishing trade fair – imm) in Cologne. This is one of the most prestigious design-prizes of the furnishing industry worldwide. The award was introduced by the trade fair in 2002 and is organized by the German Design Council.

The awards in the category “outdoor” were given to Cane-line for the lounge-sofa “Conic”, Extremis for their picnic-table “Marina”, Gloster for the chair “Dansk”, Morso for the outdoor-fireplace “Forno”, Müller Möbelwerkstätten for the sunshade-tent “Mikasi” and the sunlounger “Solaris”, Radius for the mailbox “Letterman II”, Roset for the armchair “Fifty”, Scheurich for their cachepot “Stylepot” and Viteo for their lounge-chair “Slim Collection Lounge”.

There were also two garden products that won the „Interior Innovation Award“: The lounge-chair “Source” from Gloster and the cachepot “Wave Globe” from Scheurich. A speaker of Scheurich said: “We are really proud of this award because it stands for innovative achievements!”

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International Green Roof Congress 2013

The 3rd International Green Roof Congress will take place in Hamburg, Germany. The event will be organized by the International Green Roof Association (IGRA) from 13 – 15 May 2013 at the Empire Riverside Hotel.

The port metropolis Hamburg already is part of the Premier League of German Green Roof Communities since the 80s. New challenges to be faced in the contexts of climate protection and urban living quality, put Green Roofs back on the agenda. Visitors can expect a high-class congress programme with lectures, workshops and excursions, including the International Garden Show and the International Building Exhibition – Building the City Anew (IBA), both taking place this year 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).

The multidisciplinary platform for Green Roof applications in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, urban waterscapes and urban planning is under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Transport (BMVBS), Building and Urban Affairs.

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