Renaturing Cities and Restoring the Natural Water Cycle Through Green Infrastructure

09/30/2022

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 3, 2018: close-up of some of the shops and the public park on top of them at Dakpark

Investments in urban green infrastructure is the solution to extreme weather events, writes Luigi Petito for Living Architecture Monitor.

According to the VI Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is clear that the climate crisis makes extreme weather events such as floods, storms and heat more frequent and more intense. There is evidence showing that in urban areas hotter heatwaves, longer droughts and heavier precipitation and storms, are connected to each other.

The good thing is that we have solutions to mitigate these extreme phenomena. One of these solutions is investment in urban green infrastructure. In cities we must and can restore the natural water cycle with existing technologies. We must renature densely populated areas with blue-green infrastructure on roofs, allowing water infiltration, rainwater harvesting, evapotranspiration, urban heat island effect mitigation and decentralised stormwater management.

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