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