Integrated Planning and Implementation of a Blue-Green Architecture Project by Applying a Design-Build Teaching Approach

Friederike Well, Ferdinand Ludwig

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Abstract

Blue-green architecture (BGA) describes buildings and open spaces that combine nature-based and technical systems of vegetation and urban water management. This creates positive effects on the urban climate, public health, biodiversity, and water balance. In this study, a design strategy for BGA is applied and evaluated on a practical project. The project consists of an interdisciplinary course in which students of architecture and landscape architecture designed and implemented a BGA for a school garden in Munich, Germany. The students worked in an interdisciplinary planning team in which they took on different roles and responsibilities (blue/green/integration). As a result, the design was put into practice by their own hands and a nature-based system was built. The greywater from the school garden is now treated in a constructed wetland and, in combination with rainwater, feeds into a redesigned pond. Biodiversity was increased and a contribution to the environmental education of the pupils was made. The students demonstrated high learning success. Finally, the design strategy for BGA was positively evaluated using a design-based research approach and additional points were added for future applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number762
JournalLand
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

Keywords

  • blue-green infrastructure
  • design strategy
  • greywater
  • integrated planning
  • landscape architecture
  • nature-based solutions
  • prototyping

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