EUGIC 2019 Awards Finalists

On 10th April 2019 at EUGIC 2019 London in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the EUGIC Awards again celebrated implemented green infrastructure projects, nature-based strategies and policies, and visions, concepts and research to adapt our cities to climate change by working with nature.

The four categories were:

  • Creative design visions
  • Strategies and policies
  • Implemented projects
  • Research

A list of 29 Finalists were selected by Expert Jury Gary Grant CEnv FCIEEM Director of The Green Infrastructure Consultancy, Chair of EUGIC Judging Panel, Hattie Hartman Architect and Sustainability Editor of the Architects’ Journal and Dusty Gedge EUGIC co-founder, Director of and President of the EFB European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls.

The 29 Finalists were exhibited at Loughborough University London at Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in April 2019 and are listed below. Click on the image to download the poster.

EUGIC 2019 London Awards Finalists 

001 | Green Infrastructure accessibility in different European Cities

Green infrastructure is very important in cities, as it provides a wide range of ecosystem services to people. Thus, accessibility to them is a factor of marked importance as it influences a large number of parameters, such as use variability, safety, quality and quantity.

PRESENTER Adrián Luque-Florido, Institute of Geomorphology and Soils. Department of Geography. Málaga University

CO-PRESENTERS Juan Francisco Martínez-Murillo1,2, Paloma Hueso-González1, Paulo Pereira3, Sander Jacobs4, Michael Leone4, Carla Ferreira5, Antonio Ferreira5, Luis Pinto5, Jörg Priess6, Julia Palliwoda6

PARTNERS 1. Instituto de Geomorfología y Suelos. Universidad de Málaga,  2. Departamento de Geografía, Universidad de Málaga,  3. Environmental Management Centre, Mykolas Romeris University Lithuania, 4. Institute for Nature and Forest, Belgium, 5. Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, Portugal, 6. Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research, Germany. 7. Biodiversa, 8. Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España



002 | The Use of Vertical Watersheds to Improve Water Quality in Urban Core Buried Creeks

My project improves water quality in buried urban creeks using vertical watershed units that generate biogeochemical cycles to treat, cool the water to a steady temperature, provide carbon sequestration and create pollinator habitats. These units also function as gateways, rest areas and environmental education stations.

LOCATION Village of Downers Grove, Illinois, USA

PRESENTER Domenico D’Alessandro, President, d’Alessandro & Associates



003 | Green roof implementation and assessment in coastal areas

Green roofs as nature-based solutions, play important roles concerning the ecosystem services they provide and functions they play in urban context. In this study, we aim to evaluate performance and success of pilot green roofs systems under the extreme conditions of the Portuguese coast line.

PRESENTER Paulo Palha, Engineer Director of Neoturf and President of the Portuguese Association for Green Roofs (ANCV)

CO-PRESENTERS Silva, V.1,2, Mucha, A. P., PhD1, Arenas, F., PhD 1, Almeida, C. M., PhD 1, Palha, P.,Eng.3, Calheiros, C. S. C., PhD 1

PARTNERS 1CIIMAR – Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto, Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Avenida General Norton de Matos, S/N, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal 2FCUP – Faculdade de ciências da Universidade do Porto, Rua do campo alegre S/N, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal ³Neoturf – Rua das Amoreiras, 155, 4460-227 Senhora da Hora, Portugal



004 | The multiple ecosystem services of urban green infrastructure and their trade-offs: a European citizen science project

Multidisciplinary citizen science research on urban trees in three European cities in UK and France. Increasing our understanding of best  land management strategies to provide multiple ecosystem services of urban trees, especially reducing flood risk and urban heat island effect.

PRESENTER Dr Macarena L. Cárdenas, Research Manager, Earthwath Europe

CO-PRESENTERS and PARTNERS Daphne Parramon-Dhawan and Prof Steven Loiselle, Earthwatch Europe, Dr Jo Clark and Miss Nerea Ferrando, University of Reading, Dr Ana Mijic and Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College London, Professor Thierry Ameglio, Dr Marc Saudreau and Dr Jérôme Ngao, INRA, Dr Jérôme Colin and Dr Guillaume Schreiner, CNRS



005 | Building for biodiversity

Habitat First Group build for biodiversity with net biodiversity gain delivered on-site. Sites provide rich networks of green infrastructure bringing benefit to wildlife and people through a landscape-led approach to quarry restoration. Sites were first in the UK to be awarded the Full (Excellent) award from Building with Nature.

PRESENTER Dr Phoebe Carter, Chief Ecologist, Habitat First Group



006 | Social Orchards

Social Orchards is a social enterprise that transforms neglected spaces and enhances any publicly-accessible land by planting fruit trees, creating community orchards and inter-layered food-forests (or forest gardens) to deliver fresh food to the whole community that is free of cost and healthy.

PRESENTER Robert Walker, Social Orchards and Soil Asylum

PARTNERS London National Park City, Social Farms and Gardens, Royal Horticultural Society, Cultivate London, Grow London, National Trust, Moat Housing, Peabody Housing, Harmony Developments, Sufra, Eagle House Schools Group, EcoLocal, The Orchard Project, Open Orchard Project, Incredible Edible, Heritage Fruit Tree Company, Karuna Insight Design, Evergreens Exterior Services, Keepers Nursery, TESCO



007 | Green infrastructure strategic intervention

Update on the Green Infrastructure Fund since EUGIC2017, concentrating on The Smart Canal in Glasgow with its cutting edge stormwater management. Its location, innovative smart management of water, location of green infrastructure. Grant split.

PRESENTER Martin Faulkner, Project & Funding Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage

CO-PRESENTER Iain Rennick, Head of Structural Funds, Scottish natural Heritage

PARTNERS Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, Aberdeen City Council, National Health Service, Southside Housing Association, West Dunbartonshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council



008 | Green and Open Space Factor of Vienna

Vienna’s GOSF includes improvements like consideration of building types, compared with existing GFFs. The GFF is a multiscale toolset to simulate climatic performance of proposed designs and thus support urban planning.

PRESENTER DI Dr Florian Reinwald, Institute of Landscape Planning  University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

CO-PRESENTERS DI Zita Ring, Assoc Prof, Dipl-Ing Dr Damyanovic Doris, Institute of Landscape Planning University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

PARTNERS University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Institute of Landscape Planning, Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning, Green4Cities, Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG, Municipality of Vienna, Vienna Environmental Protection Department 22



009 | Madrid’s Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Plan

Madrid’s Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Plan 2020-2030 defines the guidelines of Global Strategic Planning to preserve, improve and promote natural heritage, biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in Madrid.

PRESENTERS Nuria Bautista, Technical Advisor Environment and Mobility, Beatriz García, General Director of Water Management and Green Space, Antonio Morcillo, General Deputy Director of Green Space Conservation and Urban Forest, Environment and Mobility Government area, Madrid City Council



010 | Walthamstow Wetlands: Europe’s largest urban nature reserve

The creation of an enhanced wetland habitat and leisure opportunities for visitors by re-using dredged sediment from reservoirs within Walthamstow Wetlands. By characterisation of the sediment, hydrology and ecology of the Thames Water reservoirs, 30,000 m3 of sediment were successfully re-used to create new ecologically diverse reedbeds.

PRESENTER Malcolm Robertson, Ecologist, Ramboll

CO-PRESENTER Fiona Seaton, PhD student, Bangor University

PARTNERS The Heritage Lottery Fund, Thames Water, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and the London Wildlife Trust



011 | Urban strategies and policies in voivodship cities for spatial optimisation through the development of green infrastructure

The research concerns voivodship cities green infrastructure strategies, programs and policies. Voivodship cities in Poland are assessed, especially anti-smog projects and urban greening. These are important to reveal which cities do not have such policies as this may be the mobilisation to create one.

PRESENTER Kamila Pawłowska, MSc Landscape Architect, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Polish Green Roof Association

PARTNERS Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland



012 | Biomimicry for the next generation of green roof products

We are presenting a new single-ply hydroponic sandwich panel that promises to replace ceramic tiles and could represent a next generation product to popularize green roofing, positioning them to compete in the wider roof market.

PRESENTER Sérgio Rocha MSc, CEO, Instituto Cidade Jardim

PARTNERS University of Bologna (Italy), University of Applied Sciences of Neubrandenburg (Germany), Brazilian Institute of Technology, at São Paulo University – IPT (Brazil), FAPESP/FINEP, Green Building Council Brazil



013 | Intelligent Living and Growing Space

iLGS is a smart urban growing space that offers an inspiring environment based on bioclimatic design and integrated renewable energies. The space is designed to grow a wide range of fruits, vegetables and herbs during all four seasons, to encourage social interaction, and to provide new opportunities for local businesses.

PRESENTERS Suan Ho-Dinh, iLGS Project Technical Director, Suan Ltd

COPRESENTERS David Padadac, Creative Director, The Botohouse

PARTNERS The Botohouse



014 | New green infrastructure: rain garden and sustainable use of water in Movicentro Project, in Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy

This space designed for a mixed mobility and, in the new square of the train station, as a sharing space, represents a new way of seeing the sustainability in an urban context. The surfaces are made completely draining, and alternative substrates have been used in order to facilitate the microbial growth and a faster infiltration of the water.

PRESENTER Manuel de Canal, Landscape Architect, Project Leader, mdc-studio

COPRESENTER Silvia Bordino, Agronomist, mdc-studio



015 | Green Living Concept

Green Living Concept consists of three different segments, each segment refers to one of the main environmental issues in the city of Novi Sad. GLC segments: 1) Waste  sorting system ‘ECO POINT’ 2) Green Balconies 3) Green roofs.

PRESENTER Danica Laćarac, Project Manager, Green Roof Association of Serbia

COPRESENTER Tihomir Laćarac, Aspect Communications

PARTNERS Erker Inženjering Ltd, Aspect Communications



016 | Outdoor living walls in public spaces in Poland – EUGIC 2019 London Winner, Research

Under Polish climate conditions, the limitation for the number of outdoor living walls is the high cost of their installation and too low winter temperatures, which significantly shorten the durability of the living walls. Up to now, 18 external living walls of 1853m2 have been installed in Poland.

PRESENTER Marta Weber-Siwirska, PhD, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences and Polish Green Roof Association

CO-PRESENTERS Daniel Skarżyński, PhD, Greenarte Living Walls Company, Katarzyna Wróblewska, PhD, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences and Kamila Pawłowska, PhD student, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences

PARTNERS Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, and Greenarte Living Walls Company



017 | Possible evaluation methods of the role of urban green infrastructure in sustainable water management, case study in Szeged, Hungary

The impact of green infrastructure on urban hydrological cycles can become more important in mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. Application of the UFORE-Hydro model supports this process by including the role of urban vegetation thus providing a type of nature based solution.

PRESENTER Dr Ágnes Gulyás, Assistant Prof, University of Szeged Faculty of Science and Informatics, Department of Climatology and Landscape Ecology

COPRESENTER Ákos Csete, PhD student, University of Szeged Faculty of Science and Informatics, Department of Climatology and Landscape Ecology

PARTNER University of Szeged



018 | Eksotectures & Eksoscapes: seismic green infrastructure

It is a collaborative research project (EKSOSKE) based on multifunctional eksoskeletons (EKSOTECTURE) and seismic-green-masterplan (EKSOSCAPES). It consists of different strategies that use the technically necessary retrofitting of existing buildings as a chance to create a resilient infrastructural ecosystem : green urban corridors and green roofs.

PRESENTER Prof Stefano Panunzi, Professor in Architectural and Urban Design, Department of BioScience and Territory, University of Molise, Italy   

COPRESENTER Prof Ferdinand Ludwig, Professor for Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture, Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich    



019 | Green roofs: a new urban tool to store carbon?

Are green roofs a new urban tool to store carbon? The focus of this research is to estimate the carbon storage potential of green roofs, by modelling their net ecosystem productivity. The aim consist in determining their possible contribution to greenhouse gas emission mitigation.

PRESENTER Angélique Auer, Research Assistant, Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)

COPRESENTER Dr. Oliver Körner



020 | Terrain Vague, Urban Futures – EUGIC 2019 London Winner, Creative Design Vision

This project places a heavy emphasis on the enhancement and regeneration of “Terrain vague”, interstitial spaces in urban environments, exploring the potential they hold through a unique and innovative design concept and scheme. Aiming to enhance all human experiences and our urban environments.

PRESENTER Jacob Neal, Department of Landscape, University of Gloucestershire



021 | Mapping the way toward green space equity – EUGIC 2019 London Winner, Strategy or Policy

The City of Seattle analyzed current disparities in access to green space and identified areas most need of the benefits it provides. These maps will direct future green investments to the communities that need them the most, and guide the way toward a more equitable and environmentally-just future.

PRESENTER Cayce James, Senior Planner, Director of Outside Citywide Initiative, City of Seattle



022 | Adaptive measures for an existing site

An existing council run waste recycling centre in a harsh environment, given a green infrastructure and adaptive measures treatment to improve the site efficiency and comfort of the employees.  Also includes proposals for a new staff car park on an existing greenspace which currently acts as a flood defence.

PRESENTERS Stephen Handley AND Louise Handley, Urbanist/landscape designer, Studio 44 



023 | You are never too small to make a difference: the role of pocket parks in Kkrakow – EUGIC 2019 London Winner, Implemented Project

Pocket parks are relevant small public spaces that give the opportunity to spend free time for all residents – regardless of age, interests or needs. They are not only the vibrant centers of the local communities, but also habitats for plants and animals improving wellbeing and biodiversity in the city.

PRESENTER Katarzyna Opalka, Coordinator of Urban Space Design Team, Krakow Municipal Greenspace Authority



024 | Developing a comprehensive knowledge base to enhance Green Infrastructure and improve territorial development in different European regions and cities 

GReen infrastructure: Enhancing biodiversity and ecosysTem services for territoriAl development (GRETA) is European-wide applied research focused on the physical and functional dimensions of GI. The findings offer new knowledge, insight, and recommendations for implementing GI via multi-level governance mechanisms and cross-sector policy and planning.

PRESENTER Raquel Ubach, Researcher, Autonomous University of Barcelona

COPRESENTERS Jaume Fons-Esteve,  Autonomous University of Barcelona, Gemma García-Blanco, Tecnalia, Hugo Carrao, s4e, Mirko Gregor, s4e, Elin Slätmo, NordRegio, Eeva Turunen, NordRegio, Katherine Irvine, James Hutton Institute, Laure Kuhfuss, James Hutton Institute



025 | The Green Roof Pop-Up Container Café

The Green Roof Pop-Up Container Café is a mobile coffee shop and green roof educational exhibit, designed to pack into a 2.5m x 6m, customized shipping container for transportation. The unit can travel  around European Cities to provide an unconventional participatory learning experience and educate the public about the benefits, components, economics, and regulations of green roofs in urban areas.

PRESENTER Gaelen Means, Student, MSc Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado Denver

COPRESENTERS MLA Candidates Kortney Harris, Kyle Roddy, Helen Davidoski, and Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor (CTT) and Associate Chair in the Landscape Architecture Department, University of Colorado Denver



026 | Collaboration is the answer: the tale of the Greenest District in Cairo by the Green Hands of Civil Society

Cairo suffers from acute shortage of green spaces provision. The research is highlighting a successful case where the civil society managed to preserve and increase the green areas within Maadi district.  The networked community of Maadi is the success factor behind the greenest district in Cairo, facilitated by the efforts of Maadi based NGO.

PRESENTER Merham Keleg, Lecturer Assistant and PhD student, Ain Shams University and Oxford Brookes University

PARTNERS Ain Shams University and Oxford Brookes University



027 | Green infrastructure as a climate change and risk adaptation tool in coastal cities: the case of Sétubal, Portugal

The green infrastructure of Sétubal is an environmental and land management planning instrument that recognises the territorial ecological systems and guides in a sustainable way the occupation and transformation of the territory, contributing to a more resilient community in the face of climate change.

PRESENTER Renato Monteiro, Researcher, FCT NOVA

COPRESENTERS Prof José Carolos Ferreira, Assistant Professor at FCT NOVA, Vasco Raminhas Silva, Geographer and PhD student, Municipality of Sétubal

PARTNERS MARE—Marine and Environmental Research Centre, Câmara Municipal de Sétubal



028 | Teaching and learning green infrastructure in NOVA University Lisbon

This poster focuses on the teaching and learning of green infrastructure at two courses of NOVA University of Lisbon, presenting its practical and innovative methods.

PRESENTER Cláudio Duarte, Researcher, MARE Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon

COPRESENTER Prof José Carlos Ferreira, Assistant Professor, FCT NOVA University Lisbon

PARTNERS MARE Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, Almada Municipality, Portugal



029 | The role of the Urban Forest as an urban carbon sink

Urban Forests (UF) are proposed as a NBS in urban areas due to its role as carbon sink, balancing part of this gas emissions. In order to achieve this effect, it is necessary to include specific criteria for taxon selection composition and typology of them during designing stage of UF.

PRESENTER Raúl Sánchez, CARTIF- Natural Resources Area Manager, CARTIF Foundation

COPRESENTER Nuria García, Deputy Manager of the Agrifood and Sustainable Processes Division, CARTIF Foundation