More than 75 % of Europe‘s population now lives in urban areas and the proportion continues to grow. The corresponding pressure for new development in a finite space is leading to increases in urban density and in many cities is stimulating a debate about how to deal with the last remaining reserves of urban land. At the same time there is a growing awareness of the importance of green and blue infrastructure and its role in providing urban ecosystem services. Usable urban open space – especially green space – is consistently viewed as a key factor in determining quality of life and as an influence on people‘s choice of where to live. High quality open spaces are therefore among the most important factors in the development of new and in the renewal of existing urban areas. How will it be possible to do justice to the increasing importance of urban green and open spaces despite the need for denser development in towns and cities? Can we resolve this apparent contradiction?
The conference brings together international specialists from city administrations, research and practice to report on current european strategies and experience as well as presenting examples of specific projects. in doing so it aims to initiate a debate on future possibilities, both for the city of Vienna and similar metropolitan areas.
Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture
Erzherzog Johann Platz 1, 3rd floor, A-1040 Vienna