Blue-green infrastructure is a network providing the ingredients for solving urban and climate challenges by building with nature. The main components of this approach include storm water management, climate change adaptation, and have an impact on the reduction of heat stress, increasing biodiversity, food production, better air quality, sustainable energy production, clean water and healthy soils, as well as more anthropocentric functions such as increased quality of life through recreation and blue-green areas in cities and regions.
The Liveable Cities Lab put together a team of researchers to research on the impacts of Blue-green on social performance with a focus on dense urban environments. This research primarily deals with the development and the identification of measures to improve the urban blue-green infrastructure and the related positive side effects on the urban quality of life. The aim is to identify best practices and lessons learned and provide guidelines, which can be used by city decision makers in general and urban water stakeholders in particular. By doing so this research will contribute to increase the status of urban liveability globally.
The Video from the kick-off meeting, held at Zeppelin University in July 2014 gives an overview on the intention of the research and the team from National University of Singapore, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT and Zeppelin University. The research was funded by the Ramboll Foundation.
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Team Reports Zeppelin University
Enhanced Socio-Economic Analysis of BGI as Urban Innovation
European Center For Sustainability Research
Prof. Dr. Dr. Manfred Moldaschl, Matthias Wörlen
Urban Governance for Livable Cities: Institutional Capacity Building for ‘Blue-Green Infrastructure’ Planning and Development
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Schröter, Dr. Jörg Röber
Team Reports MIT
Boston “Emerald Necklace” Case Study
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof. James L. Wescoat Jr., Alex Marks, Karen Noiva, and Smita Rawoot
Mumbai Case Study
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Smita Rawoot, Prof. James L. Wescoat Jr., Karen Noiva, and Alex Marks
Team Reports National University of Singapore, School of Design and Environment
Biophilic Design: Singapores Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and BishanAng Mo Kio Park
Prof. Nirmal Kishnani, Giovanni Cossu
Biodiversity Enhancement & Blue-Green Infrastructure in Cities
Prof. Tan Puay Yok, Cynthia Ng
Team Report Harvard Graduate School of Design
A History of Blue-Green Infrastructure in New York City: Creating the Adaptive City
Joyce Klein Rosenthal, Evangeline McGlynn
Research for sustainability in the field of architecture and urban design mostly covers the aspects of ecology and social issues. Sometimes even cultural sustainability comes into play. But when it comes to a profound argumentation for blue-green infrastructures decision makers mostly look for profound arguments about the economic benefits. As today cost-efficiency is on the planners´ daily agenda, the know-how on economical aspects of urban planning projects has to increase dramatically in order to promote sustainable urban development. The research was granted by the Research Fund of the Ministry of National Development.
Shaping Landscapes and Human Welfare. Comparative Field Study of the Non-Material Effects of Blue-Green Integration in Singapore
Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Oliver D. Tovatt, Bettina Wanschura; Singapore 2015
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Jonathan A. Leonardsen, Bettina Wanschura; Singapore 2015
The City of Udaipur, India, is looking for better solutions to improve the quality of its performance to be a more smart and liveable city. Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl's studio at National University of Singapore in cooperation with Ramboll explored the status of Udaipur´s liveability and how it can be improved by using tools of an integrated approach to landscape architecture with a strong focus on Blue-Green Infrastructure Design, Mobility and open spaces. Working in places like in India forces us to have a high sensibility for the specific culture of the spot.
Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl conducted a Water Workshop titled Water in Art, Engineering, and Architecture as part of National University of Singapore's Topics in Landscape Architecture. Click here to watch the workshop summary by NUS.