Biodiverse green infrastructure for the 21st century: From "green desert" of lawns to biophilic cities

Maria Ignatieva, Karin Ahrné

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Modern urban green infrastructures are following globalisation trends and contribute to homogenization at all levels of green areas from the master plan to the finest scale. We discuss the place and role of three principal urban living spaces, the "skeleton" of green infrastructures: lawns, green walls and green roofs. This "trio" of modern GI elements provide significant ecosystem services, it contributes to biodiversity and social values; and have environmental and economic impact. The main goal of our approach to sustainable GI is to introduce a new landscape architecture style - biodiversinesque - as an alternative to the existing global homogenised picturesque-gardenesque. This new approach will combine the best achievements of innovative and alternative landscape design solutions (biodiverse lawns, pictorial meadows, walls and green roofs) and implement them on three major scales: city, intermediate neighborhood and the small biotope level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Architecture and Urbanism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


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