Integrated green urban spaces

The city of Paris has over 421 municipal green spaces throughout the city, but few are adapted for a resilient future. Integrated urban green spaces offer the possibility of a long-term and self-sustaining environment that could enhance the quality of urban life for residents and visitors. Potential benefits of integrated green urban spaces include: ecological restoration of polluted soil, community inclusion, production of kinetic energy through playground activity (or other means), collection and reuse of rainwater, flora and fauna and the creation of gathering spaces for sport and leisure.

Key issues

  • Reduce manpower: overstretched as they are, further greening of urban spaces shouldn’t put additional strain on already-tight municipal resources. For example, through the selection of plants that need less care and consume less water, or encouraging communal actions to tend to green spaces, which has added benefits of building community relationships amongst inhabitants.

  • Negative externalities: increased vegetation, while generally good, places a strain on already scarce water supplies and, if un-maintained, has the potential for proliferating natural health hazards (e.g. airborne viruses, bacteria-infected mosquitoes, etc.).

  • Oversaturation: public green spaces are oversaturated on holidays, weekends, and constantly throughout the summer.

  • Underutilized space: Building courtyards, school yards and other spaces are unused during non-business hours, which means there is even greater potential for use of these spaces to offset oversaturation, while simultaneously bringing neighbors and communities closer.

Key questions

  • Instead of a full-scale solution, how can we create a modular and iterative process for creating a resilient park?

  • How can we adapt existing parks or green spaces for resiliency?

  • How can we encourage the implication of coops who manage apartment buildings, convincing them to open their spaces up to the general public (cultural events, for example)?

  • In what ways can we involve all citizens and residents (e.g. children, senior citizens, young professionals, refugees, etc.) in the process?

This challenge is best suited for

  • Designers
  • Geographers
  • Landscape architects
  • Urban planners
  • Other

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