architecture & urban development

To grow a fence, a bench, a town!

To grow a fence, a bench, a town!

To grow a fence, a bench, a town! An interview with Bob Radstake    Leora Rosner When Bob Radstake returned from a trip to Australia he realised how much he missed seeing nature within urban areas. As he states, “I was walking along the street when the idea just fell...

Amsterdam City Hall roof planted

Amsterdam City Hall roof planted

Amsterdam City Hall roof planted Leora Rosner Due to the tenacity of one person a seed was planted and nurtured until it grew and began to blossom. The story of planting the roof of the City Hall of Amsterdam (the Stopera) began in April of 2007 when a letter was sent...

Wild or not: which do you prefer?

Wild or not: which do you prefer?

Wild or not: which do you prefer?  Leora Rosner Wild gardens in our steel, glass and brick jungles offer a softer view. Placed along facades where one would generally never see a garden, because of lack of interest, wild gardens would help create a greener...

A BIOTOPE CITY QUARTIER FOR VIENNA

A BIOTOPE CITY QUARTIER FOR VIENNA

In Vienna, a ‘Biotope City’ district is currently under construction. A neighborhood based on the principles of Biotope City: the realization of a dense urban neighborhood as nature in a close juxtaposition with human, their homes, nearby shops, school, kindergarten, and species of flora and fauna, each with their own, closely interlinked sphere of life.

A Wall in the Change of Seasons

A Wall in the Change of Seasons

A Wall in the Change of Seasons Irene Zluwa The contribution of Irene Zluwa is the result of a study of plants that have a good chance of surviving wall greening. This is certainly interesting for those who want to realize greening the grey house...

A COMMUNITY GARDEN…. ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL

A COMMUNITY GARDEN…. ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL

A COMMUNITY GARDEN.... ON THE ROOFTOP OF A SCHOOL Editors Biotope City Journal Paris: A community garden as a green injection on the rooftop of a school - now 3 years later: Since several years the city of Paris makes great efforts to improve the air...

I am the city

I am the city

I am the city   Leora Rosner   I am the city Stone, brick, mortar, steel and glass My arteries are the streets The sidewalks my veins My people are the muscles Of my perambulations My breath is short and strained and I am feverish I am the city Nigh...

WILDLIFE IN THE CITY

WILDLIFE IN THE CITY

The formula “The City as Nature” asks for a definition how one understands by nature. Where to start? Where does it belong? The question is explosive, especially among biologists but also among ordinary people: when nature has to be saved: which one? The nature in the state of hundred years ago?

WILDLIFE IN THE CITY

WILDLIFE IN THE CITY

WILDPARK CITY Helga Fassbinder The formula “The  City as Nature” asks for a definition how one understands by nature. Where to start? Where does it belong? The question is explosive, especially among biologists but also among ordinary people: when nature has...

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE GREEN Statement at Alpbach Built Environment Symposium 31.8.-1.9.2012 "Creating Living Spaces - How will we live in the future"   Helga Fassbinder We are living in a time of fundamental changes. In building too, it seems as if we...

HOMO URBANUS – the man of the urban future

HOMO URBANUS – the man of the urban future

HOMO URBANUS - the man of the urban future Jelle Reumer ‘The environment selects’ is a well-known Darwinist paradigm. The idea also holds water when the environment changes, in which case the changed environment selects. An environment without...

THE LOWLINE AIMS HIGH

THE LOWLINE AIMS HIGH

Click on images to enlarge them. They will appear in a new tab. After years of planning, another ambitious project rivaling the Highline in all its aspects, both good and bad – is being realized in New York City. It is called the Lowline and is located in Manhattan’s...

URBAN COOTS

URBAN COOTS

URBAN COOTS - URBANE BLESSHÜHNER -              FOULQUES URBAINES - WATERHOENTJES Sema Bekiroviç In the canals of Amsterdam they are often to be seen: coot that fourage on the caddis walls, build their nests and hatch their eggs and then swim through the water with...