THE WORLD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CONGRESS 2016
The World Green Infrastructure Congress is a world-class event that every year attracts experts from 25 countries to discuss the latest advances on urban Green Infrastructure. This year, Bogota has the privilege of hosting the event on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October, after previous years events held in Japan, Australia, France, China and Mexico.
The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) appointed the capital of Colombia for its leadership in the development of the building greening industry over the last 8 years in which more than 300.000 m2 of concrete surfaces were turned into living landscapes.
Academics, entrepreneurs, executives, inventors, architects, engineers, builders, biologists, ecologists, landscape architects and urban planners from the 5 continents will gather in Bogota to talk about the positive impact of green infrastructure on the urban environmental quality and on the well-being of people that live in cities.
During the two days of lectures and discussions, the leading experts will show the most successful applications of green infrastructure in the world, the best research initiatives, the most outstanding projects, the latest technologies and the most recent incentive-oriented policies for building greening.
On the third day, the congress audience will go to strategic places of Bogota with the international experts. In this guided tours the visitors will be able to know in detail the best projects of green roofs and living walls, unique local flora and ecosystems, and local communities that do urban farming on the roofs of their houses.
The congress will place Bogota at the core of the latests urban environmental themes, with an agenda that goes beyond climate change. Experts and audience will discuss the urban transformation resulting from the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure: air purification, flood risk reduction, noise absorption, food production, generation of clean energy, mitigation of heat island effect, increase of natural habitat for species in risk of extinction, connection of local ecosystems with urban green belts, and creation of green areas for human recreation and contemplation.
These themes will open up a new chapter in the development of our cities towards eco-productive architecture and incremental urbanism.
The Colombian Network of Green Infrastructure RECIVE has worked alongside World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) to gather not only the best international experts but the local institutions that have a key role in the creation and preservation of a healthy urban environment: The Secretary of Environment of Bogota, The Botanical Gardens, The Colombian Green Building Council, the National University, Los Andes University, Bogota Municipality, The Ministry of Environment, The Colombian Society of Architects, The Colombian Asociation of Faculties of Architecture.
The congress venue will be the new convention center at Connecta, a unique example of eco-positive urban development in Latin America, and a pioneer case of integration of environmentally responsible practices. At Connecta the old Avianca buildings were retrofitted to create a complex of more than 200.000 m2 of new work spaces linked with green promenades, trees, living roofs and walls, parks and water features. At this new Bogotan space we will be able to see the world wide known inventor of vertical gardens, Patrick Blanc from France; the president of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN), Manfred Köhler from Germany; the secretary of environment of Mexico City, Tanya Müller; The consultant on urban ecosystem services of the city of Barcelona, Erick Gomez from Norway; the president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Steven Peck from Canada; and other leading experts from Australia, Spain, Singapore, India, Japan, China, Denmark, The United States, Chile, Brazil and Mexico. We will also have the group of local experts that have contributed the most to greening our cities in recent years.
We expect to welcome builders, architects, engineers, landscape architects, academics and experts of other fields related to the environment, to bring them closer to the future of green cities and this urban transformation that is just starting.