Session 3 | The Benefits of Urban Green Infrastructure

11.00 | The benefits of urban green infrastructure

Nature-based solutions for sustainable cities – from health and well-being benefits, food growing, and vertical farms to air quality, urban cooling and stormwater management.

Hosted by Rita Mayrhofer Biotope City Journal & BOKU University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna

  • Holger Robrecht Deputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe | Sustainable cities and the benefits of green infrastructure to reach our goals
  • Bernhard Scharf BOKU University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna | The urban heat island and how to cope with it through urban green infrastructure?
  • Daniel Podmirseg Vertical Farming Institute | Vertical Farming – towards a new building typology for the 21st century

It’s a hell of an exciting time we live in. There’s so much to do. Every challenge can lead us to great opportunities. The keys are: Design. Confidence. Energy. This especially concerns future food supply for megacities. Our food sector is dependent on cheap and abundant oil and gas. In addition, it is responsible in a large percentage for climate change. For 11.000 years we always produced our food where we lived. This radically changed within the last 60 years. It’s time to seriously re-invent local urban food production, taking circular economy, energy efficiency and climate mitigation as design goals in consideration.

  • Rita Mayrhofer Biotope City Journal | Planning a Biotope City

Worldwide, cities are growing rapidly. The SDGs call for comprehensive but diverse solutions. The joint master plan of a sustainable residential building project in Vienna following the principles of the “Biotope City” is a good example for these actual challenges. Five developers, three architects, two landscape planning and three specialist planning offices work together to realise a ”City as nature” for 950 residential units on 55,000m2. In a one-year exploratory implementation and research project we elaborated a joint project agenda to ensure the masterplan’s qualities with an integrated transdisciplinary planning model within a traditional sequential planning system.

Panel discussion and Q&A