Author Archives: Mathias Lehner

Mathias Lehner speaks on biodiverse cities in Gent (Belgium), 7th of June 2018

Upon invitation of the Flemish Confederation of Building (VCB) Mathias will give a key note at the Urban Renewal  & Green study day in Gent. Other speakers include the Flemish minister for environment, nature and agriculture Joke Schauvliege and Isabelle Verhaert of the Belgian developer Revive. The afternoon program includes contributions by Roan Vanboeckel (Kairos), Kathleen Smolders (Ecocities), Geert Heyneman (city of Gent), Wim Verheyden (INBO) and Bert Swennen (Bam Contractors).

Location: De Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1, Gent
Date: Thursday, 7th of June 2018
Time: Study Day 10:00 – 17:30 hrs; Key note by Mathias Lehner at 10:50 hrs

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1st Festival of Urban Landscapes for Nature & People, London 21 & 22 July 2018

The 1st ever Festival of Urban Landscapes for Nature and People is coming! 21 & 22 July near London – amazing line-up including:
Laura Gatti – landscape designer of Bosco Verticale Milan Winner of the RIBA’s Award for International Excellence 2018, Nanjing Vertical Forest, Forêt Blanche Paris www.lauragatti.it
Dusty Gedge – activist and green roof designer, author of the London Green Roof Policy, Director of Livingroofs.org, President of the EFB
John Little – award-winning greenspace manager Clapton Park Estate Hackney, co-author of Green Roof DIY Guide and Small Green Roofs
Arit Anderson – award-winning garden designer, Diamond Hill, BBC2 Gardeners’ World presenter, communicator for nature and people https://twitter.com/diamondhill2012
Gary Grant – ecologist, masterplanner, green infrastructure expert, author of seminal books Ecosystem Services Come to Town and The Water Sensitive City, living walls including Rubens Palace Hotel www.greeninfrastructureconsultancy.com
Ed Snodgrass – award-winning US plantsman and horticulturalist, President of Emory Knoll Farms www.greenroofplants.com
Wendy Allen – Garden Consultant, Sustainable Garden Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court, community rain garden designer/builder https://www.wendyallendesigns.co.uk/
Also activist Sara Venn of Edible Bristol, Richard Scott of the National Wildflower Centre and more.
Limited places, booking here: https://lnkd.in/g3wFaHH

nextcity.nl & Amsterdam Academy of Architecture at Venice Biennale

From the 24th of May 2018 onwards nexcity.nl & Amsterdam Academy of Architecture will be part of the Programa Collaterale Oficiale della Biennale di Architecture di Venezia 2018 with a contribution to the Space Time Existence exhibition at Palazzo Mora. Invited by the Europen Cultural Centre (ECC) We showcase recent student and alumnus projects that have been created at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. Maike van Stiphout is head of the department of landscape architecture and Mathias Lehner teaches at the academy.

The projects show the wide range of biodiverse design in scale and size. They show both the  XL – a new city district, IJburg Amsterdam and the S – an architectural object such as a seal island in the IJ Amsterdam. The authors of the student projects are Jeroen Boon, Sjaak Punt, Anne van der Graaf, Joske van Breugel, Nyasha Harper, Lieke de Jong  and Marlena Rether. The project N1 Sloterdijk is designed by alumnus Donna van Milligen Bielke. N1 is in the final design phase.

The exhibition opens on May 24th, 2018 in Palazzo Mora, 18-22:00hrs with an exclusive preview and opening party. Join us in the heart of Venice, Strada Nuova #3659. For more information and signing up please send an email at mathias@nextcity.nl.

The exhibition will be open 10-18:00 hrs daily (except Tuesdays) until 25th of November 2018. More info and directions see www.palazzomora.org.

 

 

 

Lisbon Green Corridor

Over many decades, the city of Lisbon has faced agressive urban development in its peripheral neighborhoods, coupled with depopulation in the historical centre due to a combination of abandoned and aging buildings, aging population, lack of infrastructures and general deterioration of the quality of life.To tackle these challenges and increase the city’s resilience to climate change, the city of Lisbon has taken a series of measures in the framework of a Master Development Plan and a Biodiversity Action Plan, which have resulted in the implementation of new green infrastructures and nature-based solutions. Creating new green spaces and connecting them through green corridors has been one of the priorities of the municipality.

Between 2009 and 2017, about 190 ha of new green areas were created, spread over a total of 6 green corridors. The general plan of the Green Corridor was established decades ago by Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles, a Portuguese landscape architect who also designed two important parks.The Main Green Corridor, a 2.3 km long green corridor connecting the Monsanto Forest Park to the city centre through Eduardo VII Park, is considered as the city’s largest green infrastructure. Creating these green areas and green connections has a cooling effect that counteracts the ‘urban heat island’ effect typical of southern European cities. Studies showed that even small green areas, such as trees along the streets, contribute to significantly mitigating the ‘heat island’ effect.

(c) Architects Council of Europe

Via Verde Mexico

Planned in 2016 and realized in 2017 “Via Verde” (Green Way) tries to reduce high pollution levels and make Mexico City less grim. It should produce oxygen for 2500 people and filter 27.000 tons of gases, capture 5000 kg of dust and to process more than 10.000 kg of heavy metals. The project first came to light when Change.org published the initiative and collected 80.000 signatures. As a result, the city council approved the project. The project consists of up t 60.000 m2 of vertical gardens on highway columns with drip irrigation systems using rain water. Designed by architect Fernand Ortiz Monasterio from Verde Vertical Via Verde aspires to become the world’s largest nature-urban regeneration project.

Learn more about the plans on Urbanizehub and watch a video from February 2017.

Copenhagen Islands

CPH-Ø1 is a small 20m2 hand made wooden platform with a linden tree at its centre. It is a simple and iconic metaphor for an uninhabited island and represents the first taste of a completely new type of public space coming to Copenhagen. Moveable, floating, public spaces free for people to explore and conquer. The Copenhagen islands will introduce a “Parkipelago” in the city where urban development  threatens recreational spaces, but also in a global context where rising sea levels creates new challenges for urban environments. See for more info www.copenhagenislands.com/, Fokstrot. Foto (c) Airflix.

Animalesque utopia in cities? Kick-off symposium April 14th, Berlin

Animalesque is a design-led architectural research and education laboratory committed to using innovative technology to study the way animals and humans interact in urban environments. Its goal is to create new forms of urban living that enable all forms of life to co-inhabit cities in a mutually beneficial way. The laboratory is set up by the Architectural Association in collaboration with ANCB.

Berlin is an ideal location for exploring new ways humans and wildlife can co-inhabit urban spaces. Initially, Animalesque will develop architectural models that integrate bee nesting spaces into their structures. Through its educational programmes and outreach work, the AA Visiting School aims to inspire a discussion and debate on the practical ways innovative combinations of zoology, life sciences, digital technology, architecture and cybernetics can make cities better places for all forms of life to prosper.

Date: Saturday, 14 April 2018, 2.00 – 6.00 pm
Place: ANCB/Aedes, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin. More info see ANCB.

New Paris Biodiversity Plan 2018-2024

Just a couple of days ago in March 2018 the new Paris Biodiversity Plan 2018-2024 was adopted. Among other strategies concrete actions include 20 new biodiverse public spaces until 2020, as well as an atlas of Paris nature published. Until 2012 40% of the ground surfaces shall be made permeable. More info: https://www.paris.fr/biodiversite

Download the Paris Biodiversity Plan 2018-2024 (4 page outline in French only so far).

This is not the first plan for biodiversity in the French captial. After signing the Regional Charter for Biodiversity in 2004 Paris had already 55 exterior green walls in 2006 and 90 public buildings with green roofs (36.000m2) in 2010. In 2012 Paris had more than 100.000 trees, many of them planted after the late 1990s. (Beatley, T: Green Cities of Europe, Global Lessons on Green Urbanism, 2012)

The first Paris Biodiversity Plan was adopted in 2011. It already emphasized knowledge gathering and information, the sustainable management of green spaces, supporting the creation of green roofs and walls, the protection of ecological corridors, and regional cooperation. In 2015 Paris counted 637 species of flora, and 1.300 species of fauna, including 28 mammals and 66 breeding bird species.

The 2011 plan was set up in a participative manner: “all actors must be mobilized”. (Portrait of Biodiversity in Paris, 2016). Why Paris engaged in a Biodiversity Plan? “In the very dense and highly urbanized Paris context the presence of nature in the city improves the living environment and health of the inhabitants, and contributes to reducing heat islands and pollution.”