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How biodiversity reshapes vertical landscape

Speaker Name

Pieter Arkenbout, Arcadis (Netherlands)


Speaker Profile

Arcadis, director Landscape Architecture & Green Urbanism. The Netherlands 

He built up considerable experiences with landscape design and management roles.

He prefer the connection between architecture, public space and landscape. He completed his studies as landscape architect at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.   


Abstract title

How Biodiversity reshapes the Vertical Landscape 



Urbanists and landscape architects are facing a growing challenge around how to maintain the delicate equilibrium between preserving natural capital and creating a built environment that can respond to human demand.

Tall buildings are a natural response to the urbanization challenge, as it enables cities to ft more people into a smaller space. However, the sustainability agenda is redefning the types of asset that can be built with a growing emphasis on creating buildings that are carbon positive or neutral.

Indeed, one of the biggest challenges facing professionals involved in developing the next generation of tall buildings in our cities, will be around achieving a zero-net impact on natural capital. In practice, this will only be achieved by integrating human and natural habitats, rather than just co-existing side-by-side.  The integration of urban architecture and natural landscaping will be instrumental in creating a sustainable natural habitat in our cities. The trend towards overlaying a natural capital masterplan on to the design of future developments is key. It will be enable communities to reap the benefts that a natural ecosystem can deliver in terms of energy consumption, carbon footprint, water cycle and increasing urban resiliency.

As well as the positive impact that vegetation has on air quality and temperature management through evapotranspiration. Studies have also shown that integrating natural environment into urban life can have a very positive impact on wellness and people’s state of mind.

This presentation will demonstrate the benefts of achieving a perfect symbioses between architecture, ecology and engineering based on lessons learned on real-life projects.