(Re-)balancing urban areas and nature: conclusions from a year of reflection guided by the Palladio Institute
In the face of increasing urbanisation around the world, climate change and declining biodiversity, the question of the relationship between urban areas and nature is becoming ever more pressing. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and this rate is even higher in developed countries (80% in France). This urban growth has been synonymous with widespread land take and soil sealing, with nature driven back to dedicated zones or areas not often frequented by humans. Today, an about-turn is under way in our approach to nature, the ecosystem services it provides, and our desire as humans to have access to it.
Balancing or reconciling urban areas and nature was the theme of reflection for 2023 selected by the Palladio Foundation, a French institution dedicated to building the urban areas of tomorrow. The foundation’s auditor, Jean-Sébastian Milesi, an expert in residential buildings and mixed-use projects at Artelia, gives us an account of the rich discussions that took place.
Providing the country with efficient tools to understand and sustainably manage threatened water resources
Supplying electricity to isolated localities
An innovative storm water management
A hybrid solution to protect a cross-border coastline
A facility to strengthen Thailand’s capacity to import liquefied natural gas
Supporting the Grand Port Maritime de La Martinique (GPMLM) in its energy transition
Increasing significantly the appeal to a French commercial port through a major extension
Creating a major natural, urban and river park
Development and implementation of a strategy to protect a region highly exposed to flooding and submersion