Industrial areas, abandoned city buildings or infrastructures can be renaturalized and upcycled to provide important ecological and social functions. Also neglected areas such as riverbanks, steep slopes and areas waiting for urban development can be subject to tree planting and green space development (even if temporary). Impervious surfaces will be removed, repermeabilized and subject of criterious planting design.
[NBS Card] Renaturalization of Brownfields
Renaturalization of neglected and abandoned urban areas through green space development and conscious planting design, to restore important ecologic and social functions. In some remarkable sites they can be an important cultural manifesto: an opportunity to promote historical continuity between its past and the new layer of occupation. Promoting its character is an important step for a truthful relation with the site’s cultural identity, creating an opportunity to reflect on the damage inflicted by its previous occupation or, on the other hand, to celebrate the relevance of its past social and technological achievements. By recovering former abandoned spaces, this NBS creates opportunities for human use and wellbeing, while achieving ecological benefits such as treatment of polluted areas, habitat restoration and increase of local biodiversity.