Urban Green Research

Year
2011

Development project under the Ministry of Food
GXN, along with the Urban Green consortium have received 1.5 million Dkr to develop new habitats and ecosystems aimed at green buildings. With support from the Danish Ministry of Agriculture, GXN is developing new green roofs and facades. Besides bringing nature back into urban areas, the aim is to improve air quality and water treatment through highlighting the seasons, promoting the natural plant and wildlife and increased biodiversity..

Nature as inspiration
The development project is based on six different Danish habitats, their native wild plants and rare Redlist species. Since habitats are small ecosystems, they will attract insects and small animals natural to the habitat. The aim is for buildings that can also serve as biological corridors, which encourage the spread of animals as well as plants.

Materials and sustainability
GXNs expertise in materials will ensure that they are used to the fullest extent possible, are biodegradable and follow the Cradle to Cradle concept. The habitat’s cornerstone is the selection, breeding and production of wild plants from natural habitats. This task will is done by the nursery 3kanten A / S in cooperation with Nissen Consult.

A two year development project
The project will be completed by summer 2012. During the development process leading experts in engineering, system architecture and design of growth media will be included. Development work is to be done by interdisciplinary teams of biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, chemists, roofers, landscape gardeners, engineers, builders and contractors.

Urban Green consortium
Affiliated with the project is an advisory board consisting of Dorthe Rømø from the Municipality of Copenhagen, and Johnny Poulsen from Euro Tag Danmark. Besides GXN the Urban Green consortium consists of:

3kanten A/S, www.3kanten.dk
Nissen Consult, www.dorte-nissen-consult.dk
Odense, Denmark
2011

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