Green city of the future
Increasing climate resilience and quality of life with nature-based solutions
Dialogue Forum special - Münchner Klimaherbst, 19 October 2022 Report
Forging new alliances
Creating oases without compulsive consumption
Small changes can involve green roofs, water retention basins or infiltration areas such as tree trenches, for example. "Building is expensive," Jühling admitted. But building owners are certainly amenable to the ideas of a greener city. Projects in which non-profit housing associations bear the construction costs are at an advantage. Here, it is easier to take green infrastructure into account in the various planning phases - from the initial informal considerations to the legal stipulations in the development plan. "In the case of a courtyard with numerous owners, this is much more laborious," Pauleit pointed out. Especially since very few building owners know that the city of Munich has set up subsidy programmes for green inner courtyards, façades or roofs, Gonzalez added.
The sponge city principle goes hand in hand with more green spaces: rainwater should not simply disappear into the sewage system, but should seep away or be retained on site. "This is urgently needed because trees need sufficient root space and water," Pauleit explained.
Building law versus climate adaptation
A look at Copenhagen shows what else is possible in the future. There, urban planning was geared towards making the city greener in consensus with the population, and the expansion of climate-friendly mobility was pushed forward. With success: the European Commission awarded Copenhagen the title of European Capital of the Environment in 2014. The Danes are obviously doing a lot right. It's high time that cities like Munich learn from them.
03 November 2022