Green city: the results of Lyon’s Parc Zénith Health Impact Assessment

Green city: the results of Lyon’s Parc Zénith Health Impact Assessment

Known for its world-famous cuisine, its annual Festival of Lights and its brand new football stadium, Lyon is looking to add another string to its bow by becoming France’s leading green city. As such, its 3rd arrondissement is currently playing host to a truly ambitious project: transforming an abandoned industrial site into one of the country’s biggest green spaces, to be unveiled this spring. The future Parc Zénith’s development is being carried out alongside an ongoing Health Impact Assessment designed to ensure the project is a success. Head of Urban Landscaping Magali Rogel tells us more. Continue reading…

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…