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BiodiverCITY. A Matter of Vital Soil!

Creating, Implementing and Upscaling Biodivercity-based Measures in Public Space

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Discover why soil biodiversity is a crucial part of the design task of public space in the city

> Part of the programming of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021 and Architecture Biennale Venice 2021
> Exhibition Subterra - New roots for underground urbanism, 1 October 2021 - 6 February 2022, ARCAM
> For BiodiverCITY the municipality of Amsterdam works closely with researchers and employees of Naturalis, NIOO-KNAW and Artis

This publication represents a quest for biodiversity in the city. Declining biodiversity in the countryside has been in the spotlight for years. Healthy soil life is of vital importance. Biodiversity in the city appears to be hidden. How do you design a public space that is anchored in healthy soil?

There is a world full of life beneath our feet. Hidden in the soil, up to 100 million species of micro-organisms work together with fungi and plant roots to form networks that ensure a healthy living environment. Without soil, we cannot survive. Yet we treat our living environment inattentively. The growing world population is moving to cities, annexing surrounding areas and literally squeezing the life out of the soil. The urban climate, urbanized environment and urban water balance are detrimental to healthy soil life. The (urban) soil is largely sealed off and this results in extreme flooding, heat and drought exhaustion, soil compaction and habitat fragmentation.

The design of the city includes many underground measures. Every change leads to soil exhaustion. This has to change. BiodiverCITY formulates measures and resulting details that will result in healthy soil life.

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ISBN 978-94-6208-656-2 | September 2021 | expected | Joyce van der Berg, Hans van der Made, Vincent Merckx, Sylvia Mota de Oliviera, Jorinde Nuytinck, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Marco Roos, Menno Schilthuizen, Michael Stech, Rene Zijlmans, Johan van Zoest | Redactie: Joyce van der Berg, Hans van der Made, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Alessandra Riccetti | design: Joseph Plateau | English | paperback | 24 x 30 cm | 114 pages | in conjunction with: City of Amsterdam, Urban Planning and Sustainability In collaboration with Naturalis, NIOO-KNAW, Artis, Inside Outside | with support from: City of Amsterdam, Urban Planning and Sustainability

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