- offers a platform for experiments and experiences that show a successful integration of nature and city. Looking for new forms for urbanity which combine high density with space for nature, for flora and fauna, creating an integral sustainable environment and a healthy living climate.
- will bring theoretical reflections, research results, projects and experiences from different cities in different countries.
- will stimulate engaged discussion and practice among all concerned with the construction of sustainable urban living conditions: architects, urban planners, traffic planners, civil engineers, landscape architects,housing managers, biologists, sociologists, politicians e. a.
BIOTOPE CITY JOURNAL
BIOTOPE CITY JOURNAL
Greening the city – the utopian reality ?
Interview with Helga Fassbinder, emeritus professor at University of Technology and University of Technology Hamburg about the concept of Biotope City and its realization in Vienna, Austria
Green infrastructure as an integrative constituent and prerequisite of urban development
Is there a way to design and implement a customised green infrastructure for new settlement expansions? This article shows how a multifunctional and interdisciplinary planning approach can be used to develop a new settlement area in the city of St.Pölten called “Eisberg” despite climate change.
Greening Facades – A Historical Introduction
Greening buildings has a long tradition and has been practiced for thousands of years: it has many advantages – not only aesthetically, but also in terms of its effects on the environment and health. Recently, it has experienced a revival due to climate change.
First forest tower in social housing – planted in the Netherlands
Largely unnoticed by the experts, a special feature in the field of housing stands in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a city of about 250,000 inhabitants: a Dutch 'Bosco vertical' - but not for rich residents, like the world-famous building in Milan, but a Bosco vertical...
The example of Biotope City Wienerberg: The green city at the crossroad of disciplines, investors and authorities
Contribution to the Conference of the Deutscher Werkbund Berlin on 'New Social Housing', May 2022 As architects and urban planners we design and build products that should still fulfil their function for at least 100 years. Of course, we cannot give an idea of the...
The Relationship between City and Nature in History
by Inken Baller. Greening architecture and urban development is part of the long tradition of making cities livable and healthy. A look into history up to the recent past.
It is a generally accepted requirement that green buildings combined with photovoltaic (PV) energy generation should be increasingly used in cities. However, photovoltaics, the necessary substructure and greening structure must be carefully coordinated. The aim of...
The Hidden Treasures of the Biotope City Wienerberg at Vienna
The Biotope City neighborhood in Vienna is attracting a lot of attention, visits and tours are the order of the day. But most of the sustainable and climate-efficient features are not easily or not at all visible. They are 'hidden treasures'. In order to track them...
What does biodiversity cost the taxpayer?
Unaffordable, especially now in view of the pandemic’s national debt? Christoph Küffer calculates the costs against the profits using Switzerland as an example.
Manifesto “BUILDING FOR NATURE” by environmental organisations and the largest construction companies in the Netherlands
"Nature measures must become an obligatory part of housing construction, according to the postulate of nature and environmental organisations and the largest construction companies in the Netherlands. They want nature to become a "natural component" of all new...
10 Theses on the sustainable, climate-friendly City of the Future
Climate change is on everyone's lips. At first glance, today's climate change, beginning with industrialisation in the 19th century, is a local / regional / Earth-wide increase in temperature and weather extremes. But more and more people feel that serious changes are...
The Biotope City Quartier Wienerberg – what is so special with it?
Biotope City Wienerberg is a neighbourhood that has broken new ground in many areas. In this it is part of the great tradition of Viennese housing construction, which for 100 years has repeatedly gone far beyond what was common practice in housing construction at the...
Greener track and surroundings
https: www.spoorbeeld.nl NS, ProRail and Bureau Spoorbouwmeester Netherlands have plans to make the stations and their surroundings greener. Bureau Bosch Slabbers Landscape Architects has produced a handbook "New Handbook for...
BIOTOPE CITY WIENERBERG – a Biotope City 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…
Housing in a climate emergency
An affordable, climate-efficient measure, which could be implemented immediately. By Helga Fassbinder
Biotope City – The dense City as Nature
What does this mean? Is this a real option? Helga Fassbinder shows yes, and there will beno escape from this concept…
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...
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