Can Cities Be Biodiverse?

Enric Batlle is an architect, landscape architect and a professor in the Department of Urbanism and Territorial Planning at ETSAV-UPC. At the reSITE 2017 Invisible City conference, Enric Batlle gave us a special lecture on how his office has been implementing the idea of “green spaces as the city’s main infrastructure.” Their holistic approach to city and landscape design – by working on different scales, mainly: biodiversity, connectivity and productivity – is a hallmark of their projects. Here, Enric Battle introduces us some of their fascinating project ideas that aim to change common beliefs in relation to the (im)possibility of restoring landscapes and creating better quality and bio-diverse public/urban spaces.

For instance, imagine a public park which is maintained by sheep instead of using municipal resources. And, these animals carry things out so well and cost-effectively that for 10 years the city had spent zero from its budget for maintenance. BATLLE I ROIG Arquitectes, an architectural office founded by Enric Batlle and Joan Roig, has implemented this idea in Barcelona.

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reSITE is an international nonprofit platform based in Prague. We work at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, politics, culture, and economics. We act as a catalyst for social action and innovative leadership.

We encourage an exchange of ideas about making cities more livable, competitive and resilient. We protect and promote public space, architecture, and sustainable development in cities.

Why? To stimulate action for sustainable urban design and therefore better cities. We stand for public space.

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