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Australia's Largest Botanic Garden: Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Public Realm

Australia's Largest Botanic Garden: Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Public Realm | green streets |

In a former sand quarry, a new botanic garden has been completed, one that allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe.

Via the artistry of landscape architecture, this integrated landscape brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It seeks, through the design of themed experiences, to inspire visitors to see our plants in new ways.

The project's completion comes at a time when Botanic Gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms to address landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement...

Pedro Barbosa's comment, September 11, 2013 10:23 AM
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Bridgett and Sheila 's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:29 AM

This botanical garden shows the landscape of Australia and how they have managed to bring all the plant life throughout Australia into it whether or not they really grow there. This is a form off art and inventions because they have found a way to bring it all in together and give people a nice tour through a small scale Australia. 

Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:35 AM

The reason I decided to scoop this this article was because it involves learning areas to do with Australia's landscape as well as gives the opportunity for students to practically and rationally design a solution to a problem. For example, you could pose a problem environment to the class in which they have to fix within certain restrictions. This could be lowered for younger levels by choosing one area of focus.

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A Master Plan for Cultural and Ecological Urbanism...

A Master Plan for Cultural and Ecological Urbanism... | green streets |

“This planning proposal seeks to determine community and bio-diversity from its historical pattern. The concept finds fundamental inspiration in the strong historical identity of the local railway line, and the historic identity of industrialization of Kaohsiung city.

Inspired by the culturally and biologically responsive between the new city urban fabric and existing old town Yen Chan district, the guiding principle of the master plan is to inspire a meaningful sense of community and a shared commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

The proposal also introduces a series of urban agriculture farming and integrated parks. The strategy is to infiltrate and to conceal the community and biological diversity from the nearby Wan Shu Mountain. It also reflects the historical transformation of Kaohsiung city from industrial city to a contemporary cityscape.”

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Accommodating biodiversity in urban environments

Accommodating biodiversity in urban environments | green streets |

One of the many issues affecting the world's biodiversity today, habitat destruction, is often cited as the main contributing factor. Cities and urban populations are expanding at a rapid rate, with ecologically sensitive areas increasingly at risk of becoming lost within their fabric and fragmented to a level where they cease to function. A recent paper in the journal Tree (Trends in Ecology & Evolution) also points out that urban areas are now expanding in nonlinear ways; a marked contrast to previous developments, which were slowly added to the periphery of urban centres. This is likely to mean that new developments, which are often considerable in size and in some cases towns in their own right, will severely reduce habitat availability and disrupt what remains of the urban landscape...

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Economic & Environmental Benefits of Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning

Economic & Environmental Benefits of Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning | green streets |

Biodiversity Conservation can Improve Human Health in Worlds Growing Cities, according to a new UN assessment...

The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, a new study from the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is the world's first global analysis of how projected patterns of land expansion will impact biodiversity and crucial ecosystems.

The world's total urban area is expected to triple between 2000 and 2030, with urban populations set to double to around 4.9 billion in the same period. This expansion will draw heavily on water and other natural resources and will consume prime agricultural land.
Global urbanization will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with effects for human health and development, based on the new research.
The assessment, which draws on contributions from more than 123 scientists worldwide, states that over 60 percent of the land projected to become urban by 2030 has yet to be built.
This presents a major opportunity to greatly improve global sustainability by promoting low-carbon, resource-efficient urban development that can reduce adverse effects on biodiversity and improve quality of life..


Read the complete article for more on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as an overview of successful initiatives taken on by cities, local authorities and governments in their efforts to develop a green economy...

Via pdjmoo, Digital Sustainability
Mário Carmo's curator insight, January 13, 2015 4:23 PM

Integrating Ecosystems into Urban Planning Can Deliver Major Economic Benefits and Reduce Environmental Damage

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Discovering Urban Biodiversity

Discovering Urban Biodiversity | green streets |
The world is losing its biological diversity – or biodiversity – at an alarming rate. The primary force driving this is habitat degradation. When the places where animals, plants, fungi, and the myriad other organisms live are converted to other uses, conditions change and the prior residents often move on or die. The two major causes of this habitat degradation, or the extreme of wholesale habitat loss, are agriculture and urbanization. And it is certainly true that converting forests or wetlands to corn fields or apartment buildings changes the land cover, vegetation, soils, hydrology, and other environmental factors in drastic ways. We all expect that many of the kinds of organisms found in those “natural” environments will be missing from the “manmade” environments. And it stands to reason that, as more of the world is converted to “manmade” habitats, the space left for wild organisms diminishes and many are lost from the earth. [I’m using quotation marks around the words “natural” and “manmade” since these are rather gross oversimplifications of the range of human impacts – but that’s a topic for another day.]

While this narrative is true in the broad sense, it is too simple. It’s not just a case of cities replacing other kinds of ecosystems – there are some important nuances to this process. Many elements of nature – the rocks, soils, sunlight and water, but also many organisms – persist even as a city grows up around them. The kinds of species and their abundances will change after urbanization, but some wild life will remain from the previous community. Urban environments also encourage other kinds of organisms by providing habitats that were not present before and are sometimes even recolonized by species that were originally lost...

Mário Carmo's curator insight, January 13, 2015 4:20 PM

The biodiversity among us!

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Sustainable cities: considering the city of tomorrow as an ecosystem

Sustainable cities: considering the city of tomorrow as an ecosystem | green streets |

More than 3.5 billion people now live in cities and this figure is continually increasing. When the UN put the subject of sustainable cities on the Rio+20 agenda it confirmed the fundamental importance of redefining the city, given that rapid urbanization is placing great pressure on water resources, their treatment, the environment, biodiversity and public health. The city must not be designed as a goal in itself, but as an ecosystem in which sustainable resource management – whether of water or energy – is a fundamental priority...

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