Session 13 | Story Corner 4 Neighbourhoods, nature and community

4.00 | Story Corner 4 Neighbourhoods, nature and community

  • Sven Schulz Business & Biodiversity, Global Nature Fund | Benefits of biodiversity-oriented design of business premises – a chance for local authorities and urban areas?

On the roof of the Fruchthof Constanz (Photo: Sven Schultz)

The idea of “biodiversity-oriented design” has been well received by companies in Germany. The Global Nature Fund, Lake Constance Foundation and their partners were able to initiate redesign projects on business premises ranging from the instalment of nesting aides for birds to the conversion of surfaces to high-value protected biotopes as a habitat for protected species.

Most recently, more and more local authorities recognize the potential of biodiversity-oriented design of business premises and the possible contribution of business premises to local green infrastructure. Sven Schulz will provide an overview of past and recent projects on this topic in Germany and the What? Why? and How? of biodiversity-oriented design from the perspective of local authorities.

  • David Naismith WWT Consulting Ltd | The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s SUDS for Schools programme

  • David Mulholland Mullholland Consultants | Heathrow Terminal Five – a green interchange

During his time as Landscape Manager at Heathrow Airport David Mulholland was a catalyst for change that saw Heathrow Airport Ltd embrace a wider and more holistic approach to the Airport landscape. Through his role as Group Landscape Manager for BAA, David was able to use his knowledge at all seven BAA UK airports, with Landscape Strategies prepared for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. The landscape around Terminal Five at Heathrow, a ‘Green Interchange’ is testament to David’s passion for horticulture where the landscape of the UK’s largest airport “came of age” in terms of process and product.

  • Monika Kotulak CEEweb for Biodiversity | CEEweb Natura 2000 urban nature-based solution projectsNatura 2000 is a network of protected areas to preserve biodiversity, covering almost a quarter of Europe. Urban Natura 2000 sites can be found in at least 32 major European cities. 16 are capital cities and over half Europe’s capitals have Natura 2000 sites.Natura 2000 in cities provide many socio-economic benefits, improving quality of life, helping absorb air pollution and traffic noise, creating shade and ventilation corridors, absorbing storm water and reducing surface run-off. Natura 2000 areas also guarantee high biodiversity, hosting a wide variety of species and habitats, including rare and threatened. These sites provide unique opportunities for leisure, awareness-raising and education. Natural areas in cities increase inhabitants’ concern for nature conservation, essential for halting biodiversity loss.


  • Ester Blaimschein and Simone Rongitsch k.a.r.l.s concept, Austria | Creating productive living spaces for cities

Regaining public space to not only foster „people’s right to the city“, but also create added value, is a designated objective of KARLS concept. Creating productive living spaces in and for citites, KARLS concept. tells the story of two projects with the specific aim of reconquering and therefore opening urban spaces to the public, with the ambition of creating resilient, sustainable, green and productive living labs. The first project is Karls Garten, an already implemented and successfully running Urban Gardening project in the very heart of Vienna. The second project is VIE500 Urban Science Factory – 500sqm City of the Future. VIE500 is a microcity for future (green/sustainable) technologies, and addresses abandoned property/vacancies in the context of social housing and former commercially or industrially used infrastructures.