Urban Green Spaces (UGS) are vegetated open spaces that provide a multitude of ecological functions that are essential for the physical and mental well-being of the citizens as well as for the urban environment. However, land is an extremely competitive resource in cities that are struggling to sustain the ever-growing urban population and UGS are constantly under threat of urban encroachment. Even the well spread out cities are pressured to densify by the more commonplace ‘sustainable dense urban neighbourhood’ approach that in turn, increases the pressure on open spaces such as UGS.
Shaswati works mainly within the scope of the project ‘Opportunities for preparing urban contaminated land for bio-based production’, which is a collaboration between the research group of DIVISUAL of the Division of Urban Design and Planning and the research group Environmental Geology –Land and Water Resources. The research project is transdisciplinary and the aim is to investigate the possibilities and preconditions for preparing urban brownfields for temporary and long-term urban bio-based productio