In the coming years, the town of Almere will rapidly develop new living environments and high-rise buildings. For example, it intends to turn its Floriade exhibition into a state-of-the-art suburb. According to ‘Woonvisie 2020-2030 (concept) (translation: View on living 2020-2030), Almere will need 17,500 to 24,500 homes and at the same time, Almere strives to maintain the town’s green character. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a high-grade green network that is fully integrated with living and working.
Urban green space is indispensable in making cities future proof for climate change and for responding to people’s (changing) needs. This is because alternating heatwaves and torrential downpour have an impact on vital areas in cities, such as industrial sites, residential areas, shopping areas and in the vicinity of bus and train stations.
Climate change calls for circular use of raw materials and the local closure of life cycles. With various ecosystem services, innovative green areas can give impetus to the circular economy. In addition, the Covid-19 crisis has shown that people have an increasing need for Nature close by. To achieve this, we must develop green initiatives that go together with the construction of homes and other challenges that cities are faced with. It necessitates experimentation with inventive interventions.
The professorship is keen to respond to this by playing an exploratory role in designing and monitoring experimental area development and innovating the accompanying governance arrangements.
The professorship focuses on questions such as:
- What (economic) importance can urban green space have for people to improve liveability?
- How can promising climate adaptation measures be developed, monitored and upscaled?
- How can cities function as ecosystems and can the development of biodiversity merge with a range of functions above ground and with overcrowding underground?
- How can the circular economy be boosted by using (green) space outside cities?
Together with students of the study programs Earth & Climate, Sustainable Business Administration, Applied Biology and Geo Media & Design, we research in what way urban green space can be of more importance to inhabitants and working people. The professorship works closely with various partners, including the town council of Almere, the province of Flevoland and knowledge institutes, such as the Centre of Expertise Urban Technology of the university of applied sciences of Amsterdam.
Would you like to learn more about the Innovation & Urban Green Space professorship or would you like to explore collaboration possibilities? Please contact Gideon Spanjar.