A green infrastructure
The green spaces in an urban environment constitute a space for relaxation that is beneficial to human health and can provide a refuge for species suffering the destruction of their natural habitats. Against that background, the Kirchberg Fund is committed to pursuing an environmental approach to the development and upkeep of public spaces.
- Better air quality, thanks to the “green lung” effect of the vegetation, which absorbs CO2 and produces oxygen
- Flood prevention, in the event of heavy rain: With more permeable and greened surfaces, the water does not accumulate on the surface but gradually penetrates the ground, to link up with the groundwater
- Creating a substitute ecosystem for threatened plants and insects
- Water savings, because wild plants – adapted to the local conditions – do not need watering
- Preventing heat islands in summer, thanks to the refreshing effect of the vegetation
- Improving water quality, following the decision not to use pesticides
- Increasing biodiversity
- A less stark break between vegetation and roadway: taking inspiration from historical references, constructing paths using gravel or gapped paving stones brings significant biodiversity and encourages water percolation.