Biodiversity is crucial in urban development, it is a core component in sustainable planning, for the better of our cities and the environment in general. Industrial and commercial premises hold an enormous potential in terms of climate change mitigation and the promotion of environmental quality. In April, partners of EU LIFE BooGI-BOP project organize along with the Province of Vorarlberg an online-series of three talks to promote dialogue between eco-boosting proponents and planners and clients committed to biodiversity.
The purpose of this series of online dialogues is to show examples of pioneering biodiversity-oriented in business premises that, despite the difficulties encountered in their development, have solved them with ingenuity and bravely mastered.
April 12 at 5:00 p.m. (CET)
The first of the talks will be moderated by Marina Hämmerle, architect and mediator of construction culture and will have as a guest Robin Winogrond, co-founder and partner of Studio Vulkan, specialized in landscape architecture based in Zurich (Switzerland). The example that he will present is the Naturmuseum St. Gallen. is a space of artificial naturalness or natural artificiality – an atmospheric backdrop promoting three themes: the intermingling of nature and culture, three significant geological epochs of Eastern Switzerland and the dialogue between science and faith. The aim is to touch visitors of all ages with curiosity and a sense of the seemingly infinite timeframe and transformation processes of natural history.
April 19 at 17:00 p.m. (CET)
The second of the talks will be moderated by Lilli Lička, Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna, Austria). Manfred Vith, Director of Quality at Omicron, and Johannes Rauch, State Councillor for the Environment, Climate Protection and Public Transport of the Province of Vorarlberg (Austria), will present the high-tech Omicron Klaus campus. The world market leading company in safety technology came up with a neighbourly gesture – the water bodies, lined with poplar trees, are more than habitat for plants and animals, they are a connecting lifeline within the business area.
April 26 at 17:00 p.m. (CET)
Finally, Dominique Gauzin-Müller, French architect focusing on wood and sustainability in architecture and urbanism, will moderate the talk with Frédéric Chartier, founder of Parisian architecture Chartier Dalix. Chartier will address the construction process of the Primary School of Sciences and Biodiversity in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France). The building plays host to various species (plants, insects, small animals) and acts as the foundation for low prairie-type vegetation leading up to a shrub-land fringe around a central grove of standard trees. Design elements for hosting plant and animal species need to be seen as part of the body of the building.