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A nature inclusive garden shed


artist impression: Martijn de Koning

This afternoon 9 architecture offices presented their nature inclusive designs. The bigger the office the bolder the proposals. The smallest project was Hiltrud Pötz and DS biodivers garden shed.

The city of Den Haag will soon introduce a point system for nature inclusive design, like Malmö did. They invited 9 architecture offices to make use of the not yet published point system by making in one month a nature inclusive sketch of a building somewhere in the city. Today’s input will be used to improve the point system and to get illustrations of possible outcomes of using the system.

The projects showed that increasing biodiversity is never a stand alone project. The reason to have flora and fauna in architecture is that it delivers us ecosystem services. It helps us with water retention and evaporation, cleaning grey water and cooling and cleaning city air. It has a social service making people more happy and healthy.

The worries came from the old ones. The long term succes of gardens and pots on balconies depends on the maintenance structure. ING building in Bijlmer has a garden team serving already 25 years. This is exceptional but should be the norm. Else we should stop drawing trees on top of buildings!

download poster: poster biodivers garden shed

Fachtagung Animal-Aided Design im Wohnumfeld

Thursday 17.01.2019, 09.30-16.00 Uhr
Deutsches Architekturzentrum (DAZ)
Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6, 10179 Berlin
Inscibe at: www.uni-kassel.de/go/fachtagung_AAD
The symposium is free but restricted.
Language: German

Seit Anfang 2017 wird die Voruntersuchung zum Entwicklungs- und Erprobungsvorhaben Animal-Aided Design (AAD) – Einbeziehung von Tierbedürfnissen in die Planung und Gestaltung von Freiräumen als Kooperationsprojekt der Technischen Universität München und der Universität Kassel vom Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) mit Mitteln des Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU) gefördert. Der Fokus der Betrachtung liegt auf den gebäudebezogenen Freiflächen im Wohnungsbau. Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojektes sollte geprüft werden, für welche Tierarten, für welche Projekte des Wohnungsbaus und in welchen Phasen der Objektplanung eine Anwendung der Methode AAD in der Stadt generell erfolgsversprechend ist.

Mit der Fachtagung Animal-Aided Design im Wohnumfeld sollen die Ergebnisse der Voruntersuchung vorgestellt und mit Akteur*innen aus Planung, Naturschutz und Wohnungswirtschaft diskutiert werden. Präsentiert werden die Ergebnisse der bundesweiten Umfrage unter Wohnungsbauunternehmen zur Rolle von Wildtieren im Wohnumfeld, die Entwürfe von zehn Beispielprojekten und die Erfahrungen der an der Studie beteiligten Wohnungsbauunternehmen mit AAD. Diskutiert werden die Hindernisse und Potentiale zur Artenförderung im Wohnumfeld bei Neubau, Sanierung und in der Pflege der Gebäude und Freiflächen. Vorgestellt und diskutiert werden die Erfahrungen mit Artenförderung in der alltäglichen Praxis von Stadtentwicklung und Naturschutz und erfolgreiche internationale Ansätze und Beispiele.

www.checklistgroenbouwen.nl

Dutch Birdlife (vogelbescherming) launched the checklist for nature inclusive building. This website contains all you need to know about the animals that want to live with us in the buildings. What they look like, their habitat preferences, the prefab nesting elements we designed for them and much more.
The most interesting part of the website is “the options menu” for house owners, architects and builders. Imagin you want to make your house more biodiverse. You fill in all the questions, press ENTER and you get a personalised advice in your email box a little while later. As I was doing this I pictured a birdlife watcher sitting on his desk answering personally my questions. So nice, try it out yourself!

Go to the side directly: www.checklistgroenbouwen.nl

International symposium “Natur vielfalt bauen”, 24/10-25/10

The international symposium “natur vielfalt bauen” will take place Octobre 24-25 in Montforthaus Feldkirch in Austria. Urban growth, densification and the desire for a smart and energy-efficient city development need more than ever the focus on biodiversity, climate change adaptation and quality of life. The international symposium examines needs and strategies, presents trend-setting and innovative projects and enables a transdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience.

It is organised by Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung and Partners. And amongst all readings, nextcity.nl will be there as well. Maike van Stiphout will give on the 25th of Octobre a lecture about nature inclusive design.

You can register on www.naturvielfaltbauen.org<img

learning module for city planners

The site shows a selected outputs from the GREEN SURGE project. The outputs are all focused on how Urban Green Infrastructure can contribute to a sustainable future for cities by addressing major urban challenges. The challenges are related to land use conflicts, biodiversity conservation, climate change, demographic changes, a greener economy, and human health and wellbeing.

This handbook is a selection of findings and examples, compiled into policy briefs, factsheets, guidelines, recommendations, and main messages which are all tailor-made for decision-makers such as planners, policy-makers, and other practitioners.

The link – learning module – leads you to the learning module on the chapter Green Economy. The module contains an inspiring checklist which can help to shape the future of our cities by bringing the Urban Green Infrastructure concept up-front!

learning module
The GREEN SURGE Handbook

First guide for nature inclusive design

The summery of “The first guide for nature inclusive design” is launched today, published by nextcity.nl (EN). The context of the launch is the change of heads of landscape architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. This guide is but a summary to raise the money for a more extensive guide.The publishing house nai/010 wants to publish it and the EFL foundation already promised to support it.

At the moment 12 cities in the Netherlands develop policy to build for biodiversity, and more will follow. The extended guide can help planners, civil servants, developers and designers to do “the job”. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you want to sponsor “The first guide for nature inclusive design”.

pop-in expo in Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam (HNI)

Parallel to the presentation of nextcity.nl at the current Biennale di Venezia, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the exhibition ‘Building for Biodiversity’in the context of the exhibition Dissident Gardens.

Students and alumni of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture show nature-inclusive projects of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. on the scales XL, L, M and S. These are new and inspiring visions on the feasibility and benefits of the biodiverse city.

On Thursday evening, September 20, Mathias Lehner, architect and research director of nextcity.nl, goes in discussion with experts and public about the urgency of the theme biodiversity as a necessity for the “Quality of Life” in the future city.

He interviews the designer of the exhibition Dissident Gardens and the artist of the new garden of the HNI Frank Bruggeman, Maike van Stiphout landscape architect and research director of nextcity.nl and researcher and urban ecologist and twitterer André de Baerdemaeker from bureau Stadsnatuur.

Programma:

19:00 uur visit exhibition
19:30 uur discussion
20:15 uur drinks for nature-inclusive networkers
21:00 uur closing time HNI

more info: projects at exposition
Dissident gardens
actueel Academie van bouwkunst Amsterdam

Ecofield graduation plan


Joyce Verstijnen is the author of the graduation plan Ecofield, with which she was nominated for the Archiprix NL 2018. Ecofield introduces a new strategy to strengthen ecosystems in the Netherlands using architecture designed for dwellers, flora and fauna.
“The present Dutch policy on preserving named the Dutch Nature Network (NNN), focuses on the nature reserves, ignoring the contribution the urban fabric can make to Dutch biodiversity”, Joyce writes. To illustrate the urban contribution the young architect proposes a recreational and contemplative walk along eight follies. The design of the follies respond to the abiotic and biotic conditions of the landscape. The architecture serves the local flora and fauna in many ways. The design offers the visitors a unique view on that what lives with us on these places.

The fusion of architecture, landscape and biodiversity is presented in a 7 meter long hand drawn cross section. It stresses our conclusion that the cross section is by far the most usefull tool to develop and design for biodiversity. And this one is extremely beautiful!

for more info: http://www.archiprix.nl/national/index.php?project=3904

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

Sign up online for participation.