French city for Biodiversity competition 2019

The French website Capitales Francaises de la Biodiversité calls for entries for the competition of the city of Biodiversity 2019. This year the price is given to a city who works on biodiversity related to the climate adaptation and erosion prevention. In 2018 Besancon won the price which focussed on design and maintenance activities of natural areas in the city. The picture shows the cities herd of goats. You can find a lot of information on the side under tab “Presentation”.

The site offers also information about other activities launched by the French state, such as regional workshops, webinars and partners. For those who read French it’s very interesting to dive into!

 

French cities for Biodiversity

Manifesto for a Wild Amsterdam

The Delta Program for Biodiversity was presented last Wednesday, December 19th: The Dutch strategy to work on the restoration of our nature.  Of course, Amsterdam can not stay behind. Some parties joined in the initiative for an Amsterdam chapter in the Delta Plan. In the spring of 2019, a broad coalition of involved organizations from urban planning and nature development will gather around a “Manifesto for a Wild Amsterdam”.

In recent years Amsterdam has become an escape hill for plants and animals, but at the same time we are losing more and more nature in the city. What if we say that Amsterdam does not have 800,000 but many billions of inhabitants? What if WE is not just about people, but is also being built for plants and animals in new Amsterdam? What if we see Amsterdam as a inhabited nature reserve instead of a city with public gardens?

We would like to build a rich city with you. You can download the announcement in the link:

fourpager biodivers Amsterdam

Deltaplan Biodiversiteit: www.samenvoorbiodiversiteit.nl20181221_fourpager biodiversAmsterdam

Community of Practice Building + Biodiversity programme

Today the Community of Practice of the programme Building + Biodiversity started. The CoP is a group of nature experts, developers, builders, communicators, urbanists, architects and landscape architects with own practice and working for cities and provinces and the state. The CoP shares the interest in and knowledge of building for biodiversity in the urban areas. Nextcity.nl partner Maike van Stiphout gave the kickoff lecture today teaching the 3 rules to make a project nature inclusive. Robbert Snep gave a lecture and workshop focussing on the building process. The moderator was Jelle de Jong, director IVN.

The Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) organises the programme (www.bouwenplusbiodiversiteit.nl). The goal is to accelerate the introduction of nature inclusive building in the whole building chain: from ambitions until construction and maintenance. The programme launched the open call for the best nature inclusive project, the winner will be announced Spring 2019.

link to folder of the 3 rules to make a project nature inclusive (NL)

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”.