vrijdag 16 juni 2017

City Roof Top's

Trailer Documentaire CityRooftop's

De steden worden steeds warmer en de buien steeds harder het lijkt of we  een neerwaartse spiraal zitten. Hoe kan dit opgelost worden. Volgens Philip kan dit door het vergroenten van de daken.

Op 20  augustus , 2014 zijn we begonnen Philip en de  Dakdokters te volgen Philip wil de daken in Amsterdam ombouwen tot eetbare tuinen die daardoor de regen langer vasthouden het gebouw verkoelen en omdat groeten lokaal wordt verbouwd hoeft er geen transport van buiten af plaats te vinden. Hierdoor wordt er minder energie gebruikt en kan de stad weer langzaam afkoelen.

donderdag 1 juni 2017

Students Geography from the University Victoria (Canada) visits the "set" of Pure Media

Benny Vink twenty students and two instructors 

In May 2017, twenty students and Dr. Cameron Owens
Associate Teaching Professor from the University of Victoria (Canada) set off on a travel study adventure. After a week in Victoria, they will travel from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic Northwest on a month-long itinerary from Paris to Copenhagen. En route, they will meet with city planners, designers, activists, community leaders, academics, and others grappling with the daunting social and ecological crises facing cities and ths week they visited   the "set" of Pure Media where in the last four years the documentary CityRoofTops was filmed.
Benny Vink was able to explain that all film and media need to shift to a more sustainable way of working and he showed how sustainable filming can be done with succes.
He also talked about the documentary CityRoofTops,GrowingHome and AChef'sHeart

Students relaxing on top of the Roof on Building B

woensdag 14 september 2016

Almost A rap

City Roof Tops in final edit

20 Augustus 2014 we started filming on the roof of Building B in Amsterdam today 14 September 2016 over two years later I return  to see the final results and the final shots. Philip with the help of Dakdokters wants to turn the rooftops in Amsterdam into self sustaining edible gardens.  Building B on the Johan Huizingalaan in Amsterdam was  the first building to start with. The first screen shot's  from our documentary "City Rooftops" two years ago

dinsdag 27 oktober 2015

Polder rooftop nine months later

polder rooftop 21 june 2015
For our documentary  CityRoofTops  we went back to the Polder rooftop, nine months earlier two rows of sedum  were replaced by two rows of  vegetables.  Each  with a different irrigation  system.

Today we came back to see the results. The test came out great but the arugula kept disappearing from the roof.

Looking closer Philip discovered some goose droppings near the arugula.
We don't need a CSI badge to know that the geese are eating the arugula
Footages from docu CityRoofTops nine months earlier 

Sacha Stolp and Phlipip Tra make are removing the sedum to make place for vegetables

 almost two rows of sedum gone

.However after Philip left to go to Building B, the police showed up on the roof,  somebody had triggered the burglar alarm.
Since I was alone I had a lot of explaining to do, but it is always good to talk about our film projects
Police car @ polder rooftop

Spring on building B.

Saturday, May 3 we continued filming for our documentary City Rooftops it was
 a beautiful spring day on top of  Building B and the whole Grown Down Town team came to pick weeds , expand the henhouse and  repland the grapes  .

replant grapes


                                                         expand the henhouse
Chickens give in exchange for organic waste eggs and fertilizer for edible plants on the roof
Every day, four Kipster eggs

Interview for documentary CityRooftops with Philip van Traa

Philip van Traa
Since September 2014 Pure Media is following designer and plant specialist Philip van Traa for the documentary CityRooftops. On Wednesday the 11th of March we sat down for an interview Philip van Traa. Set in one of his favorite locations, Philip van Traa shared his story and his heart. But before doing so, some preparation was necessary.

Interview set-up
Benny and I arrived early to check out the location. As we brought all the gear up, a buzzing sound was very much present on the huge open floor where the interview would be. Benny wanted this interview to be one of the high points in the documentary - so everything should be of the highest quality, including the sound. If you remove this kind of buzz in post production, voices start to sound unnatural and 'tinny' - and that's not what Benny wanted. We found the machine that was causing the buzz was the air ventilation system for the toilets. Then we asked the people at the location if we could switch it off for the interview, and that wasn't a problem. After that we set up the camera, lights and microphones, getting them ready to go and invited Philip van Traa to sit on a chair and share.
Filmmaker Benny Vink and Philip van Traa
Philip van Traa shared how he got involved in this project and about his desire to simplify. Then, by applying various simple solutions to a garden rooftop in the city, seemingly small solutions could add up to a big impact on city life. 

In large cities, heat and smog are known problems. Smog comes from traffic and a lot of the traffic in the city is food related. So when food is grown on rooftops in the city, there's less food traffic and less smog. But there's also less smog because some of the plants are capable of retaining some of the emission. 

Besides food and smog, green city rooftops can help cities with water retention. When there's heavy downpour, flooding could be likely as the water management is more controlled. Coming back to the heat issue: green rooftops with some kind of water retention absorb the sun's heat better than plain rooftops. And that's how rooftop gardens, by reducing smog, retaining water and absorbing heat, can have more impact on a city's climate than one would expect at first sight.


Interview with architect Luuk Verlint for the docu City Rooftops

Architect Luuk Verlint and filmmaker Benny Vink
On Wednesday January 21st we continued filming for our documentary City Rooftops This time we talked with architect Luuk Verlint at his drawing table. He is the architect behind the drawings of the 2000 square metre roofgarden. Having done hundreds of roofgardens with the innovative team at De Dakdokters, this particular project is one of his grandest designs so far and is unique. Besides fruit, vegetables and various herbs, B's roof has a beach, barbeque spots and two lanes for "jeu de boules" to name some key points.

Rooftops as these are what Luuk calls the "green lungs of the city". They can bring back some of the uses of land from the ground that was acquired for city buildings. More recently De Dakdokters are finding ways to use roofs for water retention to help cities manager their waterflow when there is a lot of rain.

Amongst others, Luuk Verlint shared about the fluidity of design process. It started off with post-it notes and sketches. Later more detailed drawings and visits followed hand in hand until the plan was finished.

In terms of filming, as much natural light as possible is used as a key light. A low energy fill light is added later on. Concerning sound, two microphones were used for the interview, in case one microphone fails.


Benny Vink and Luuk Verlint alongside the architects drawing table.

Luuk Verlint and Benny Vink reviewing captured footage.

The interview setup from the subjects point of view. From left to right:
microphone, camera and fill light.

Luuk Verlint showing Benny Vink A0 size drawings.

Picture of B Amsterdam's roof in November 2014.
Note the beach in the centre and the "jeu de boules" lanes to the left.

 Benny Vink Filming B Amsterdam's roof in November 2014.

Benny Vink filming Luuk Verlint as he shares about the drawings.

Several drawings by Luuk Verlint.

Benny Vink filming Luuk Verlint as he shares about the drawings.