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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

Biodiverse green infrastructure for the 21st century: from "green desert" of lawns to Biophilic cities

Ignatieva, Maria; Ahrné, Karin


Modern urban green infrastructures are following globalisation trends and contribute to homogenization at all levels of green areas from the master plan to the finest scale. We discuss the place and role of three principal urban living spaces, the “skeleton” of green infrastructures: lawns, green walls and green roofs. This “trio” of modern GI elements provide significant ecosystem services, it contributes to biodiversity and social values; and have environmental and economic impact. The main goal of our approach to sustainable GI is to introduce a new landscape architecture style – biodiversinesque – as an alternative to the existing global homogenised picturesque-gardenesque. innovative and alternative landscape design solutions (biodiverse lawns, pictorial meadows, walls and green roofs) and implement them on three major scales: city, intermediate neighborhood and the small biotope level.This new approach will combine the best achievements of

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Journal of Architecture and Urbanism
2013, volume: Volume 37, number: 1, pages: 1-9

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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Species Information Centre

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SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities

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