Session 11A | Story Corner 1 City-scale projects and tools

2.00 | Story Corner 1 City-scale projects and tools

Nature-based solutions for cities – green roofs, walls and rain gardens, street trees, permeable surfaces SUDS, swales and more! Short panel presentations followed by detailed discussions.

  • Prof Dr Manfred Köhler President World Green Infrastructure Network, University of Neubrandenburg | Berlin as a case study of green roof projects and policies in Germany

Berlin Adlershof since 2002. New developments around the main station in Berlin (ongoing). Current rainwater regulation in the City in connection with the green roofs. Green infrastructure as core element in the current government programme of Berlin. Conclusion: comparison of Berlin strategies with other cities in Germany

  • Erich Steiner Swiss Green Infrastructure Association | The new Swiss Spatial Planning Act and its impact on urban greenery

Cool green energy roof in Switzerland (Photo: Erich Steiner)

Creating green space within cities is not easy. Pressures on land-use are great and often the demands for building and road infrastructure take priority over valuable green spaces. Compact urban development is a possible solution to take pressures off of remaining rural areas while at the same time maximising the use of land and infrastructure. However, it has its pros and cons and creates challenges for developing quality urban spaces.

The revision of the Swiss Spatial Planning Act (2013) has become an important urban planning tool in this process of compact urban development and is a fundamental tool in balancing land-use demands. The SFG is the main Swiss promotor of green infrastructure. Founded in 1996, the association is not getting tired to talk about the benefits of a greener city.

Swiss legislation and the SFG are working toward more sustainable urban environments. Although in Switzerland, change is slow and when it comes to developing new regulations or making revisions, the direct democracy of this country requires time to get it right and approved by the citizens.

  • Paulo Palha, Beatriz Castiglione ACVN Portugal Green Roof Association | Urban green infrastructure in Porto – the Fifth Façade Project

The Fifth Facade Project, Porto

The Fifth Façade Project (PQAP), a project created by Paulo Palha, President of the Portuguese Association for Green Roofs (ANCV), has the objective to define the best way to include green roofs in the environmental and urban strategy of the city of Porto.

The project began in August 2016 and was attended by a large group of people from different departments of the Porto City Council, as well as different universities, foreign municipalities, the European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls Associations, and the World Green Infrastructure Network, among other institutions.

  • Doris Schnepf Green4Cities | The City Green Pass


  • Kelai Diebel Architect | UPFARMING – The Aims of Building Integrated Agriculture

No matter what method or means, BIA projects address threats to the urban environment posed by an absence of vegetation, agrarian disconnect, lack of affordable fresh produce, disconnected communities, and a lack of nutrition education. There is tremendous potential for BIA which extends beyond the sole production of food. Relinking food production to where we live and work stimulates economic growth, prosperity, and health. It is imperative that we promote BIA for it’s multifaceted advantages if we aspire to create a better city. Establishing an understanding of the dynamics of BIA and to prioritize project aims, this presentation reviews ten objectives of BIA and highlights exemplary case studies.