An increasing number of the world population lives in Cities. Growing Cities shall be healthy in all areas from the new built up High rise areas – to the extensive increasing suburbs. Typical urban infrastructure occupies former farmland, garden areas or nature structures.
Green infrastructure is a concept to reduce negative ecological footprints. It works for all climate regions and all types of Cities. Basic idea is, to let grow plants on artificial grounds, this includes to create skygarden, to harvest food from vegetated roofs and let survive nature in Cities. It is a simple but effective concept with now hundreds of successful role models all over the world.
The green infrastructure is like a tool box for a new type of environmentalists. Skills these professional needs are the knowledge where and which plants can grow. Which benefits plants are able to offer in contact with the buildings? Which are the technical basics the planner has to organize, from additional irrigation systems, maintenance and in some cases also additional light systems are required.
Man made habitats are the results, offering for a small add on budget, multi benefits, like rain water management, better insulation, noise reduction and a better surrounding similar to garden or nature structures are possible.
Manfred Koehler is doing research since the early 1980th to calculate numbers of these effects. Long time measurements on green facades, living roofs and in indoor greening are done to get a better understanding of man made habitats in contact to buildings.
The beginning; to start with some square meter planter boxes somewhere in the City center of Berlin, now sophisticated research installations in Berlin, Neubrandenburg and some other places are the basic for more than 100 academic publication by Manfred Koehler.
Many persons followed, now in nearly each country researchers are doing similar ecological studies on green infrastructure. This enables us to learn details not only from nature, but also from other research groups. This extends best practice and it helps to realize the vision of better– , say greener Cities all over the world.
The GREEN ROOF CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE in Neubrandenburg is continuing long term research studies started in the 1980’s. It is an integral part of the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg. This offers students in department of Landscape Architecture and Nature conservation to learn about the technical and ecological requirements of Green roofs, living walls and indoor greening more. Colleagues from several disciplines within the University collaborate with the research activities.