Session 12 | Story Corner 3 Neighbourhoods, nature and community

2.45 | Story Corner 3 Neighbourhoods, nature and community

Communities working together for healthy, resilient neighbourhoods, community-led local planning and design, creating productive living and working spaces for cities

  • John Little Grass Roof Company | Designing brownfield landscapes and bugs back into urban space

The brownfield landscape and natural pond built from ‘waste’ materials in John Little’s garden in Essex

Shrubs, grass and trees are our landscape default in cities.  What we don’t have unless we leave our brownfield sites alone are sands and low fertility soils.  In other words we don’t have enough stressed plants!  If we get creative with our construction waste and sands we can add this missing link to the biodiversity mosaic back into our cities.  In other words design in the potential of brownfield habitats so they work for people.  That way we dictate the plant communities and maintenance using the substrates and pull in the bugs and diversity we need for a healthy city.

  • Dr Leila Tolderlund College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver USA | Involving unlike stakeholders to enable innovation in green infrastructure design

Denver International Airport – Restaurant RootDown green wall, where restaurant personnel participated in the design ideation for materials, form and layout (Photo: Dr Leila Tolderlund)

Innovation in Urban Green Infrastructure and Nature Based Design is important for more engaging, responsive and equitable built environments. One way is actively involving stakeholders in the design process – Participatory Design or Co-Design, giving end-users ownership for better designs. However, this is often just feedback during design, prototyping or implementation – not in initial ideation stages.

Understanding that everyone can have great ideas and inviting stakeholders and end-users, even with unrelated backgrounds, to the design table at the ideation stage is important. It enables innovative design thinking and reveals new relationships in urban green infrastructure design, implementation and maintenance.

This story corner shares examples of early stage co-creative design with end-users and stakeholders, helping designers and communities advance innovation in UGI design thinking.

  • Dr Bente Knoll B-NK GmbH Consultancy for Sustainable Competence, Austria | Green infrastructure at school requires communication. Setting up engagement processes at two schools in Vienna – first experiences

The project “GRÜNEzukunftSCHULEN” deals with construction and maintenance of green facades and other greening structures, not only theoretically but prototypical at two newly built schools in Vienna as well as at one school which is recently in the planning and building phase. Main emphasis is to study and analyse social aspects, to understand how green infrastructure can become a part of a sustainable school culture and how students and teachers can contribute to the maintenance and “green care”. The presentation provides an insight on the communication and engagement process with students, head, teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and other stakeholders.

  • Helen Taylor Hosta Consulting, UK | Urban green infrastructure progress since EUGIC 2015 Vienna


  • Chris Bridgman Bridgman & Bridgman | A landscape contractor’s perspective of delivering green infrastructure in the UK

Bridgman & Bridgman have used their horticultural expertise to successfully transition from the landscape industry to the roofing industry. The company have gone from building award-winning landscapes on the ground including London’s Olympic Park and Athletes Village, Heathrow Airport, and Canary Wharf to flourishing gardens in the sky across England and Scotland, meeting the need for sound horticultural knowledge on a new level. They tackle the misconceptions of maintenance and aim to raise the standards of green roofing in the UK. Priding themselves on their green approach, they are now creating their own distribution hub to reduce their carbon footprint when installing green infrastructure, with less delivery vehicles and locally sourced vegetation and drainage materials.

  • Kinga Lewicka LIFE RADOMKLIMA-PL | Adaptation to climate change through sustainable water management supported by implementation of green infrastructure

This project will make Radom, a city of some 220 000 people in central Poland, more resilient to climate change. To control local flood risks, the city will build ‘green/blue infrastructure’ for managing extreme weather events, including multi-use storm water retention areas. The project will also produce a climate change vulnerability assessment for Radom,