How green is green enough?

Urban green infrastructure is a key factor to creating the sustainable and livable cities of the future. The importance of green environments for good health, equality, climate adaption and biodiversity is undisputed. At the same time rapid urbanization and a growing population are driving the densification of cities.

Western Harbour. Photo Joakim Lloyd Raboff

Green walls and green roofs, solutions but not problems?

UN Global goals.

Connected to goal 3, 5, 11, 14 and 15.

The goal, for many of the urbanizing cities, is to become dense and green – but in reality green space is often the loser. How can practice and research work together towards evidence based strategies and solutions that prove that cities can be made denser while at the same time sustaining and developing ecosystem services for the benefit of inhabitants?

In seminars, round table sessions and technical visits we will share experiences about how we can plan, design and build the sustainable cities of the future to support the global goals in both short and long term. How can we create a paradigm shift where nature is not seen as a problem but part of the solution? In what way can outdoor space be used to promote social inclusion and reduce inequalities for all ages? What could it look like when ecological and social functions are combined to create well-designed livable environments?

Technical visit: Innovative greening in Malmö
The tour goes to the refurbished 1950th district Augustenborg and the new development area Western Harbor, both well-known from the Bo01 exhibition. We will visit sites that are examples of the further development with a focus on urban vegetation. Our first stop will be the brand new housing project Augustenborg Greenhouse followed by the Augustenborg Botanical Roofgarden and lastly the ongoing housing projects by the award winning firm Hauschild-Siegel.

Date: 30 November, 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Round table discussions
Welcome to share your experiences, best practice and new ways of working with the dense and green city of the future. How do we…

  • …THINK (talk and act)? Working with the narrative and behavioral change.
  • …PLAN? Planning with nature for livable cities in times of rapid urbanization and climate change.
  • …BUILD? Next practice – nature based solutions for future sustainable cities.
  • …PAY? Green economy and valuing of urban green space as tools for sustainable city development.

Moderator: Thomas Randrup, Professor at NMBU and KU, Research Co-cordinator at Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Date: 1 December, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Dialogue Seminar
Healthy, green and just!
Can access to green spaces be a question of equality? What role do green spaces play in reducing inequalities in standards of living? How can we work strategically to meet different groups' needs for green spaces in different types of urban structure?

Speakers: Ulrika K. Stigsdotter, Professor (MSO) of Landscape Architecture with special responsibilities in Health Design, University of Copenhagen. Märit Jansson, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Planning, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustav Aulin, landscape architect and urban planner at the City Planning Office in Malmö.

Moderator: Tim Delshammar, Landscape Architect, Department of Streets and Parks, City of Malmö.

“Urban transition insights - Urban Aspects" will present the latest research from different universities:

  • Monitoring progress toward the achievement of SDGs in european local governments
    Junya Yamasaki, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • From global to local sustainable development goals - governance for urban sustainability
    Sara Gustafsson, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  • Indicators to measure sustainable city development
    Roland Zinkernagel, Malmö municipality/Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • Cities as spaces for global and local climate action: the importance of city data reporting and stakeholder engagement
    Jennifer Lenhart, WWF

Moderator: Bengt Persson, Swedish Agricultural University

Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm – 3.3o pm

All abstracts presented in Urban transition insights will also be included in the conference anthology.

For more information contact:

Tim Delshammar

Landscape Architect

Street and Parks Department

City of Malmö

Cell phone +46 709 66 27 67