architecture & city

Amsterdam City Hall roof planted

Amsterdam City Hall roof planted Leora Rosner Due to the tenacity of one person a seed was planted and nurtured until it grew and began to blossom. The story of planting the roof of the City Hall of Amsterdam (the Stopera) began in April of 2007 when a letter was sent...

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Walking with Weeds

Walking with Weeds Leora Rosner Now that summer has reached this shore, albeit for a mere few days, come and walk with me. Let’s see what’s growing along the sidewalks, streets, fences and empty lots. Let’s look at the wild potential in greening and cooling cities....

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The Urbanity of Wild Plants

The Urbanity of Wild Plants Leora Rosner   Cooperation is  the wild plants' middle name, up against grey facades or a world of red brick. Urban spread amongst wild plants, can be true development in acceptance of their presence. Wild plants needn't be fenced out for...

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A Wall in the Change of Seasons

A Wall in the Change of Seasons Irene Zluwa The contribution of Irene Zluwa is the result of a study of plants that have a good chance of surviving wall greening. This is certainly interesting for those who want to realize greening the grey house walls in densely...

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MOSS AGAINST C02

MOSS AGAINST C02   Leora Rosner  In the daily surf  ‘n’ seek for innovative ways of greening the (barren) urban landscape I happened upon a small company, Groene Gevel Design (Green Gable Design), in Rotterdam. The question,  “what could possibly be new in the urban...

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URBAN WOODS – a Lesson by Milan World Expo 2015

URBAN WOODS - a Lesson by Milan World Expo 2015 Helga Fassbinder 'Nearly all densely built cities suffer from pollution which, time and time again, exceeds the legal limits as defined by the European Commission. Within the borders of the EU this can have...

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A COMMUNITY GARDEN…. ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL

A COMMUNITY GARDEN.... ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL Editors Biotope City Journal Paris: A community garden as a green injection on the rooftop of a school - now 3 years later: Since several years the city of Paris makes great efforts to improve the air...

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IMPLICATIONS OF FOOD GROWN IN URBAN SETTINGS

IMPLICATIONS OF FOOD GROWN IN URBAN SETTINGS Naomi Tsur Food grown in local urban settings can reduce the negative impact of conventional agriculture on natural resources and contribute to the restoration of habitats for local flora and fauna.   While it...

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SHADE TREES, COOL SUMMER

SHADE TREES, COOL SUMMER Leora Rosner Summer has arrived coupled with the urge to seek solutions to cool down. For some of us that urge comes only after baking in the sun in the form of a dip or a swim in cool waters. Others simply want to seek a cool...

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WILDLIFE IN THE CITY

WILDLIFE IN THE CITY Helga Fassbinder The formula “The City as Nature” asks for a definition how one understands by nature. Where to start? Where does it belong? The question is explosive, especially among biologists but also among ordinary people: when nature has to...

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN Statement at Alpbach Built Environment Symposium 31.8.-1.9.2012 "Creating Living Spaces - How will we live in the future"   Helga Fassbinder We are living in a time of fundamental changes. In building too, it seems as if we have...

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THE LOWLINE AIMS HIGH

Click on images to enlarge them. They will appear in a new tab. After years of planning, another ambitious project rivaling the Highline in all its aspects, both good and bad – is being realized in New York City. It is called the Lowline and is located in Manhattan’s...

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THE NATURE OF GREEN

THE NATURE OF GREEN Gary Grant Use of the term “green” could be a good thing—if it was clear that “being green” meant applying ecological knowledge. I was looking at an infographic on Twitter recently. It was in the form of a wheel of words, listing dozens of...

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LIVING ROOFS – A catalyst for building communities

LIVING ROOFS – A catalyst for building communities Charlie Green, Jane Riddiford 1. Introduction This article is based what we have been discovering through the development of a Living Roof on top of an office building in Kings Cross, Central London. The project has...

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THE NEW PLANNING REALITY: THE DENSE CITY ALS NATURE

THE NEW PLANNING REALITY: THE DENSE CITY AS NATURE Helga Fassbinder If you happen to be a pigeon or a sparrow hawk or a seed you probably see the city in a much different light then humans do. For birds, animals, plants the dense city is a form of nature too, such as...

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