BiodiverCITY_A Matter of Vital Soil!

Creating, implementing and upscaling biodiversity-based measures in public space

This publication is a search for biodiversity in the city. The decline in biodiversity in the countryside has been in the spotlight for years. A vital soil life is of vital importance. In the city, hidden biodiversity is evident. How do you design public space anchored in vital soil?

There is a world full of life under 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, mankind cannot survive. Nevertheless, man is careless with his living environment. The growing world population is moving to the city, annexing its surrounding areas and literally squeezing the life out of the soil. The urban climate, the petrified environment and the water management are detrimental to vital soil life. The (urban) soil is largely sealed off, resulting in extreme flooding, heat and drought stress, soil compaction and habitat fragmentation.

The layout of the city consists of many underground measures. Every change leads to soil stress. That has to change. BiodiverCITY provides measures and elaborations that lead to a vital soil life.

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

- For BiodiverCITY the City of Amsterdam works closely with researchers and staff from Naturalis, NIOO-KNAW, Inside Outside and Artis
- Part of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021 and Architecture Biennale Venice 2021 programmes
- Boeklancering en webinar in Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam
Tentoonstelling Subterra - New roots for underground urbanism, 1 oktober 2021 - 6 februari 2022, ARCAM
Luister naar de ‘Hier gebeurt het ondergronds’ Podcast serie


ISBN 978-94-6208-656-2 | september 2021 | 

Concept : Joyce van den Berg, Hans van der Made
Editorial board and coordination: Joyce van den Berg, Hans van der Made, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Marco Roos, Alessandra Riccetti and Johan van Zoest
Text: Joyce van den Berg, Sofia Gomes, Gerard Korthals, Hans van der Made, Vincent Merckx, Sylvia Mota de Oliviera, Jorinde Nuytinck, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Froukje Rienks, Marco Roos, Menno Schilthuizen, Michael Stech, Renée Zijlmans and Johan van Zoest
Tekst editing and English translation: NST Science
Design of graphics: Louis van Amerongen, Alicia Sanchez Fonseca, Constanza Gomez Guzman, Jean Carlos Ocampo Cantillo, Rosita Hemelaar, Alessandra Riccetti, Chong Yao, Lujia Zhu and Marina Lopes Vasarini
City of Amsterdam: Louis van Amerongen, Patrick van Beveren, Paco Bunnik, Rigina Christiaans,
Sabine Gimbrère, Rosita Hemelaar, Dagmar Keim, Marloes Michels, Caroline Nevejan, Thijs Vlaar,
Josja van der Veer, Nicole Voulon and Annemiek Wiersma
Artis: Jan de Jong, Ruben Janssen and Ton Hilhorst
Het Nieuwe Instituut: Francine van Westeren and Ellen Zoete
Inside Outside: Petra Blaisse, Jana Crepon and Aura Luz Melis
Naturalis Biodiversity Center: Bart Braun, Ate-alma Cohen, Bouchra Filali, Caroline van
Impelen and Maaike van de Kamp-Romijn
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW): Wietse de Boer, Wim van der Putten, Isabelle van der Zande
Photo editors: Joyce van den Berg, Hans van der Made, Ingrid Oosterheerd, Alessandra Riccetti and
Joseph Plateau grafisch ontwerpers
Design: Joseph Plateau grafisch ontwerpers
Printing: Antilope De Bie, Belgium
Publisher: Marcel Witvoet, nai010 publishers

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