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City as nature – healthy living for plants, animals and people

(Orion C3033, 16.00h)

Rens Wijnakker MSc, Project Leader, FABRICations, Amsterdam

It is often stated that cities have a higher biodiversity then their surrounding industrial agricultural landscapes. The city can be seen as an ecosystem with a large variety of biotopes. At the same time, there is little room for nature in cities that are densifying rapidly. Recently, several developments have been initiated that include nature inclusive buildings. Is this an answer to create healthy cities for people, animals and plants? Or are these developments green band-aids that hide structural problems? With an urban metabolism approach, FABRICations attempts to apply green and sustainable architecture in a way that it becomes a central node in a larger system, rather than an individual green post-stamp. This talk will discuss how nature, sustainability and architecture can combine to create green buildings and cities.

Workshop (Orion C3040, 13.30)

Designing green cities

What kind of nature should be encouraged and how can this be done attractively and within limited maintenance?

When designing a 'green' city or building, ecologists and architects are faced with certain dilemmas. These include the question of the type of 'green', should this facilitate ecosystem services, biodiversity or just nature in general? And what then is considered to be nature? A second issue concerns the balance in creating high biodiversity that is at the same time easy to maintain, robust and attractive. In the workshop Rens Wijnakker will give an introduction into these issues, followed by an interactive discussion with participants.

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The workshop for those interested is organized from 13:30 to 15:00 in room C3040, Orion building. Registration is required (space limited to 15), email Nelleke Buitendijk

The workshop gives attendees the possibility to meet the speaker of the seminar and have a discussion based on recent publications. The workshops are a good possibility to get acquainted with hot topics in science and to learn how to discuss these topics with leading scientists in the field. Furthermore, BSc and MSc students can get 1 ECTS for attending 2 workshops. 


WEES background

WEES is an initiative of PhD students and postdocs at Wageningen University to organize a continuing series of stimulating seminars on contemporary topics in evolution and ecology. We aim to bring together different groups at Wageningen University using a variety of systems, but with a common interest in evolutionary and ecological questions. For this series we invite researchers from all over the world who have leading roles in their field. After the talk there will be drinks for an informal discussion. WEES is funded by graduate schools PE&RC, WIMEK, EPS, VLAG, and WIAS.

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