João Manuel Linck Feijó, an agronomist engineer and president of Ecotelhado, of Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil won Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ The Great Community Resiliency Project Contest, which asked participants to submit their ideas of how living architecture can create more resilient communities. The contest explored the concept of urban resiliency, which resonates with the theme of the Green Roof for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference, “Securing Urban Resiliency with Living Architecture: Food – Water – Energy”, which is taking place in San Francisco, October 23-26, 2013. CitiesAlive draws up to 1000 sustainable building professionals working in the green roof and wall sector. Mr. Feijó’s video submission ( profiles an integrated system, which uses green roofs and green façades as a method to replace the use of rainwater and organic waste collecting.
“We received more than fifteen video, photo and editorial submissions from around the world,” said Jennifer Foden Wilson, editor of the Living Architecture Monitor, the green roof and wall magazine published by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. “Mr. Feijó’s submission was selected as one of the top five finalists. His innovative submission really stood out to the public in the voting round and he has won a free delegate pass to CitiesAlive in San Francisco in October,” she said.
“If green roofs and walls are to thrive, we must rethink the kind of water we are going provide to irrigate it,” said Mr. Feijó. “Reusing wastewater and organic waste looks to be the most intelligent answer, instead of travelling long ways to treat it outside the city. An integrated system can provide the best quality water to green roofs and walls at a low cost.”