Bringing biodiversity to Stockholm

The way we build cities often creates homogenous conditions that are hostile to plant and animal life. Norra Djurgårdsstaden in Stockholm demonstrates that thriving urban ecosystems depend on retaining existing topography and allowing variations in soils, light and water levels.
Bringing biodiversity to Stockholm
A good example of a project where the focus on biological diversity has contributed to the creation of an attractive and functional urban environment is Stockholm's major investment in the sustainable development of Norra Djurgårdsstaden.
Ramboll's landscape architects have been involved in several zoning areas relating to the port and watercourses and creating ecological networks, especially for insects and fungi that depend on the forest oak. Existing oaks have been saved, and newly planted oaks allow species to ‘commute’ through the neighbourhood.
Another key species in the district are frogs, which benefit from open watercourses, sheltered passages and preserved forest habitats with stone cairns and leaf piles where they can hibernate. Designing green spaces that cater for these key species has made it possible to further develop the landscape's existing features, while also creating new ones.
The benefits of multifunctional green spaces are apparent in the Jaktgatan/Lövängsgatan area. Multi-layered greenery helps with stormwater management, provides nectar for pollinators and enhances the experiences for people visiting the site. Courtyards, and in some cases even roofs, feature rich vegetation.
The work with Norra Djurgårdsstaden also clearly shows what is required for biological diversity to have a place in the city. All actors involved must have a clear common vision with sustainability dimensions and an areas’ distinctive features guiding urban development.
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