Green cities: issues with rainwater harvesting in urban environments

Green cities: issues with rainwater harvesting in urban environments

Many urban spaces are constructed from non-porous materials, such as concrete or tarmac, making rainwater harvesting a major challenge for urban authorities. Today, most of the rainwater collected in cities ends up in treatment centers, where levels of pollution can become significant, presenting serious risks to communities. For these and other reasons, it’s crucial that we find an eco-friendly alternative. Continue reading…

Landscape planning and public health: working together for a brighter future

Landscape planning and public health

Green spaces, parks, urban walks – all of these are important parts of a healthy, happy life in our big cities. But behind France’s beautiful public gardens and forests lies an uncomfortable reality: the use of pesticides, nearly all of which are extremely harmful. Despite recent French legislation aimed at reducing the use of pesticides, finding a balance between urban greenery and public health still proves complicated. Pascal Goubier, Assistant Manager of Lyon’s Public Parks and Gardens and Hortis expert, explains why. Continue reading…

Innovation in urban gardens. The example of Detroit.

Innovation et jardin urbain : Détroit montre l’exemple !

As we explained in an earlier blog page, climate change is going to make green town planning obligatory. But the development of nature downtown is not just a matter of urban planning. Urban agriculture has many other benefits. The proof? To save their city which had been declining for several decades, the inhabitants of Detroit chose to innovate with urban gardens. A beautiful – and fruitful – initiative! Continue reading…

‘Green City Days’ 2017: an interview with Lyon’s Public Parks and Gardens General Manager

Journées Ville Verte 2017 : rencontre avec le directeur des espaces verts de Lyon

With Paysalia’s 2017 trade show fast approaching, it’s time to take a closer look at their ‘Green City Days’ initiative. The event, which takes place across four days, offers a glimpse into what really goes into maintaining Lyon’s green spaces, with a focus on health and wellbeing. Daniel Boulens, General Manager of Lyon’s Public Parks and Gardens and co-organizer of the event, talks to us about what Green City Days 2017 means to him. Continue reading…

Ecological town planning: what French laws and rules apply to vegetalising buildings?

Éco-urbanisme : quelles règles pour la végétalisation des bâtiments ?

With Ecological town planning, vegetalising urban buildings has become increasingly important. Besides being what the French want, vegetalising brings dull roofs alive, keeps homes cool in summer, retains rain water and cleans the air. What more could you ask for? A vegetalised roof certainly looks better than tiles or 100% concrete… however few laws exist and the rules remain hazy. To clear the ground we talked to Tarvel development manager Luc Proton! Continue reading…