Stefan Wagner

Processes for Responsibilities

Green is Good. An urban planning strategy for site preparation and sustainable development in an living environment.

The growing of our natural resources is as important as their function in the biological cycle. Many people don't know the importance of one single tree for the CO2 absorption. What is happening when large areas of rain forest are logging down? The reuse of these materials is always a linear system when tropical wood is used for staircases or rape for biodiesel. The leftover sites should also get into consideration because the planed reuse is completely market driven and the analysis of such abandoned sites should provide for correct conditions for instauration. The challenge of today is to show the qualities of nature and the process of growing.

The label of a carbon free building may suggest an resourceful handling with materials, energy and nature. There is a huge list of technologies designed for sustainable construction. But the fact is that the production of these materials and systems are much more complicated then conventional ones. Although they may have a better quality in terms of insulation but are using the double effort and producing the double amount of C02 during production.

The problem of showing the coherence between end product and the process of its production is one of the main issues today. Goal for future city developments will be to use a strategy in which natural processes are taken much more into consideration and are intervening with the requirements for living. Where ever nature is there is landscape. Where ever humans live there is a site. Taken into account that nature is nearly everywhere every site is also landscape. There for the preparation of this site will become an important step in developing a project. The benefits from an existing natural environment could start an process in which space for living and space for green will be in a balanced situation.

This strategy can be developed in three points. First: reuse of material. Taking the existing site conditions and materials as a basis will allow all external influences become a part of one continuous structure. Second: pre-greening sites. Every site is surrounded by other sites witch could be used as a platform for growing material. Third: planning in phases. Nature needs time to grow there for every equal structure needs to allow for continuous development and will create an living and growing environment.

This strategy will be tested on a site in Vienna and will show the process over 15 years.

Advisor: Nasrine Seraji