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.
The four categories were:
- Implemented green infrastructure projects
- Nature-based strategies and policies
- Visions and concepts for greening cities
- Visions and concepts for greening cities
A list of 28 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 Livingroofs.org and President of the EFB European Federation of Green Roofs and Walls.
Finalists were exhibited at Loughborough University London at Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in April 2019.
At the EUGIC 2019 London Awards Ceremony on 10 April 2019, four category Winners were presented with their awards by Gary Grant Chair of Judges, and special guests Vertical Forests designer Laura Gatti of Studio Laura Gatti, Past President of the Landscape Institute Sue Illman of Illman Young and EUGIC Co-host Dr Rachel Cruise of the School of Architecture, Building & Civil Engineering at Loughborough University.
The Winners with Judges’ comments are below:
Winner – Creative Design Vision
020 | Terrain Vague by Jacob Neal
Adopting the undercroft of a Birmingham, UK motorway interchange for plants, trees and other nature-based solutions for health and resilience.
“This is a transformational idea for bringing green infrastructure into what are often grey and underused spaces under and around major highways.”
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
Winner – Policy or Strategy
021 | Outside Citywide Seattle by Cayce James
The digital mapping of equitable access to green space in Seattle, US.
“This sophisticated GIS-led project shows how green infrastructure planning can be linked to social justice and the benefit of everyone – nature and people.”
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
Winner – Implemented Project
023 | Pocket Parks in Krakow by Katarzyna Opałka
You’re never too small to make a difference – Greta Thunberg
“Pocket parks bring nature to places where it is most needed and this project is a great example of this cost-effective approach.”
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
Winner – Research
016 | Outdoor living walls in public spaces in Poland by Marta Weber-Siwirska, Daniel Skarżyński, Katarzyna Wróblewska and Kamila Pawłowska
“The comprehensive and detailed list of plants, complete with information on aspect, will be really useful for those working on green walls in Poland and other places with a similar climate.”
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
We thank everyone who entered for the Awards and hope to stay in touch with you about your work.
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