GREENERY IN THE PUBLIC SPACE: A CLIMATE-PROOF CITY
Public space and green. Nature plays an important role in creating enjoyable outdoor meeting spots. Muncipalities increasingly focus on green adaptation, the care of nature and stimulation of citizen’s initiatives by providing subsidies and grants. In the Netherlands, there are initiatives such as “Tiles out, Plants in” or the 316 bus shelters in Utrecht that are covered with green roofs. Adding greenery plays an important role in assessing the quality of the public space. Research by Wageningen University shows that greenery ensures an attractive business climate and has an influence on people from high class and middle class settling down in the city. Green in urban areas strengthens the ecological quality of the city and has a favorable effect on the liveability, public health and the attractiveness of the city. There is however no abundant space to use greenery in the public room. Applying green roofs and green facades on a large scale is a good solution for sustainable and climate-adaptative urban development.