Friday, May 17, 2013

Guide - Green City Philosophy

There has never been a greater need for the people planning and running our cities, as well as the residents themselves, to understand the critical significance of green space in our urban environment. Working with green is a way to respond to the true needs of people when designing buildings, the public realm, transport and communications infrastructure. This is a goal to which every professional can apply themselves.

These guidelines are a starting point so interested parties can come together internationally and discuss techniques for urban development. What this set of guidelines shows is that the knowledge is already there. The theory, substantiated by empirical scientific research, proves that green infrastructure is a key element in constructing living spaces that work. This is powerful information at a time when budgets are being cut and every cost scrutinised. This set of guidelines and techniques will demonstrate to practitioners that investment and maintenance in green infrastructure is not a cost but brings value from a social, economic and environmental point of view – in summary the ‘Green City Philosophy’.

A group of leading researchers and practitioners have contributed to this volume and it is to be used as a stimulus for the global adoption of the Green City Philosophy. This book is the beginning of a process that could see green infrastructure responses fully incorporated into policy and practice – in effect become a ‘universal green city standard’. The authors and contributors hope that you will be part of that process. The ‘guidelines’ project has been made possible with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) and with the active support and co-operation of the Dutch nursery stock industry, Plant Publicity Holland (PPH), the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Niek Roozen bv landscape architects.

To access the Green City Guidelines (PDF) click here.

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