Meta Berghauser Pont, Lars Marcus, Anna Kaszorowska, Ehsan Abshirini
Politicians, architects and researchers have embraced higher urban densities to arrive at more sustainable cities that provide good public transport and create an urban buzz with services at close distance to all. There is, however, a backside to this process of ongoing densification where especially green areas are threatened. When studying green areas and the role they can play for both people and other species in cities, two aspects are important. Firstly, the quality of the green areas in themselves and its maintenance. Secondly, the connections between green areas with so called dispersal corridors. We are well equipped when it comes to the quality of green areas, but know far less when it comes to the connections between green areas. What we do know is that this is of high importance for the survival of birds, insects and other species. Small green areas are vulnerable for disturbances and it is found that for instance bee diversity decreases when there are no other green areas nearby. This research project, a cooperation between Chalmers, SLU and the Beijer Institute will contribute to the understanding of green connectivity and the development of a tool to implement this knowledge in urban design projects.
The research project is conducted at Chalmers Architecture in collaboration with the Beijer Institute and SLU in the framework of C / O City with funding from Vinnova.
Project timeframe: 2016 – 2017