Green Urban Planning
Author: Emina Čamdžic, BA Dip. Arch. MA
Image courtesy of Emina Čamdžic, BA Dip. Arch. MA
How to make the most of spring. Data and research show that when producing hundreds of tons of GHG emissions in the atmosphere, there must be planted some thousands of hectares of forest land. 'Global CO2 emissions declined by 5.8% in 2020, or almost 2 Gt CO2', meaning that while increasing continuously with some declines in the data period of the last 20 years, it has fallen from 33,4 gigatons in 2019 to 31,5 gigatons in 2020 as mentioned on the graphs in the latest International Energy Agency Report. While there is predicted a rapid uptake on clean end-use technologies and cars and trucks in 30 to 50 percent by 2030, there is a need for governance and analyses of community social capital in energy modelling (University College London presentations). The above mentioned data means and concludes that an annual fee should be introduced, meaning that large producers of carbon emissions such as factories, and especially private multiple car owners should have to pay an annual fee for carbon footprint which is compensated with planting new green zones, urban parks and forest land.
What does destruction of livelihood environment in relation to economic growth per one household mean, if the framework for action plan needs to create sustainable urban environments.
What is a household relation and responsibility to the environment per capita as well as from factories, public buildings, companies?
Think about how is architecture shaping our lives. The effect of nature on the buildings and people is shown in many ways: low energy use, acoustic and heath isolation, humidity, longetivity, resilience, clean air without toxins, fire safety and sustainability with the effect on the environment. Here are just some phases of architectural design for energy- efficient recovery and environmental impact.
Climate zones, roof orientation and microclimate, local vegetation.
Liveable and hanging green walls with modular systems easy to install.
Green solar walls and plants in homes for better air quality and biophilic design.
Reusing water and rain water.
Raising the aesthetics of the urban environment and a feeling of being closer to nature.
With multiple benefits, noise control, less energy use, biodiversity as components of sustainable development, the market for green urban planning projects is rising. Some of key policy measures to boost green recovery are access, public intervention, investment as mentioned by International Renewable Agency online research.
What is architecture to you? And the link to environment. Then there are protests and space occupation, new building plans and ideas that provoke thinking, worries and new cash income. Does it influence your changes in voting?
Refurbishment and do-it-yourself projects are done without necessary architectural advisory. In particular, do-it-yourself small scale interior or extension projects have always been an interested part of human behaviour when in crisis such as the pandemic. Even more thoughtful are large construction projects such as housing multistorey buildings that rise from nowhere. Such things are common on any area but should be given a knowledge approach, why it is being built, how many people are going to live there, work there and is it necessary for someone.
In such months of the current pandemic, the value of linking nature, wildlife with architecture has been given a worthy knowledge approach. Celebrating good architecture is significant for the comfort, mood, healthy and happy lifestyle and etiquette. Water and surrounding river coasts such as the photo above shows are a great way of enjoying the weather at the same time using spaces for health.
Top image is courtesy of Emina Čamdžic, BA Dip. Arch. MA