Dig Studio Hosted Urban Forum on Urban Greening and Biodiversity
Dig Studio held an urban forum on urban greening and biodiversity on March 12 with an invited audience of 90 guests associated with academic, non-profit, development, financial capital, architects, engineers, ecologists, sustainability planners, public sector, and BIDs. With invited speakers from Edmonton, Minneapolis, and Denver, an overriding theme emerged: the idea of establishing green connective tissue to create corridors at all scales. There are many layers of work required: acquisition of land; renovation of existing landscapes; legislation and policies to make it happen; and buy in from developers to care about the greater good. More importantly and equally challenging, it requires us to explore how we overcome barriers such as cost of implementation and maintenance, lack of jurisdictional coordination, and changing in the way we do things. We must find creative ways to encourage businesses to green their streetscapes, developers to go beyond the required minimum green space requirements, and home owners to embrace a different ecological planting aesthetic in their yards. We encourage all of you to brainstorm with your offices, your community, and your friends to dream up ideas to help meet the challenge.