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Urban Vertical Greening 2.0: Vertical greening for livable cities - co-create innovation for the breakthrough of an old concept

Project Leader
Pitha Ulrike, BOKU Project Leader
SUGI-FWE Nexus (JPI Urban Europe) - Kooperatives F&E Projekt der Industriellen Forschung, Transnationale Ausschreibungen
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Green4cities GmbH, Westbahnstraße 7/6a, 1070 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Bernhard König;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
National Taiwan University, Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., 10617 Taipei , Taiwan.
Contact person: Chung-Kee Yeh;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Technical University Berlin (TUB) Center for Innovation and Science on Building Greening (CIBG)_x000D_ _x000D_ , Sekr. 8-1, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1, 10587 Berlin, Germany.
Contact person: Thomas Nels;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Urbanisticni Institut Republik Slovenije, Trnovski pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Contact person: Damjana Ganter;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Langergraber Günter, Sub Projectleader
Scharf Bernhard, Project Staff
Stangl Rosemarie, Project Staff
Zluwa Irene, Project Staff
Pucher Bernhard, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Pollution Control
Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction
Urban Vertical Greening 2.0 (SIG) (UVG2.0-SIG)
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
This project fosters transformations of cities to sustainable, resilient spaces by re-thinking, re-designing and remanaging vertical greening as progressives food-water-energy nexuses. Vertical greening is interpreted and designed as a biological-technical system in an architectural-technical context with a substantial capacity to implement multiple ecosystem services like passive cooling, flood alleviation, bioenergy and possibly food production, biodiversity, noise reduction and it could be consistently installed as a part of the built environment especially in dense city districts.
In order to unfold the full potential of VG, three focal governance and management aspects will be approached for the mid-latitude partner cities (Berlin, Vienna and Ljubljana) in alliance with stakeholders:
1) integration of vertical green at building and district scales with habitat, water, heat and energy management,
2) technological innovation for maintenance and automated harvesting machinery and
3) adaptation of design strategies and governance for a secure, city-integrated cultivation and operation.
Using a trans-disciplinary, stakeholder-oriented co-creation approach, we intend to re-think traditional urban greening and will combine innovations and fundamental research from urban planning and design, ecohydrology, mechanical engineering, water engineering and economy to enable decision-making using a nexus approach considering both co-benefits and trade-offs of nature-based solutions for the cities of the future.
Urban water supply and sanitation; Vegetation technology;
living walls; ecosystem services; wetland systems; maintenance; water pollution control;

Pucher, B.; Spörl, P.; Zluwa, I.; Ribero, G.; Pitha, U.; Langergraber, G. (2023): Greywater treatment using living wall elements with different flow regime..
[11th International Workshop on Nutrient Cycling and Retention in Natural and Constructed Wetlands 2023, Trebon, Czech Republic, 29.03.2023 - 01.04.2023]

In: Vymazal, J, Kröpflerová, L. (Eds.), Book of Abstract of the 11th International Workshop on Nutrient Cycling and Retention in Natural and Constructed Wetlands, 29.03.-01.04.2023, Třeboň, Czech Republic; ISBN: 978-80-908090-2-4

Hoffmann,K; Schröder, S; Nehls, T; Pitha, P; Pucher, B; Zluwa,Z; Gantar, D; Suklje Erjavec,I; Kozamernik, J; (2023): Vertical Green 2.0 – The Good, the Bad and the Science.

, 290; Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, Berlin; ISBN: 978-3-7983-3280-5 FullText

Pucher, B., Zluwa, I., Spörl, P., Pitha, U., Langergraber, G. (2022): Urban Vertical Green - Evaluation of the multifunctionality of a vertical greening system using different irrigation strategies on cooling, plant development and greywater use. [Poster]
[COST Action CA17133 Circular City Final Event 2022, Aarhus, Denmark, 18.09.2022 - 19.09.2022]

In: VIA University College (Ed.), Posters presented at COST Action CA17133 Circular City Final Event, 18+19 September 2022, Aarhus, Denmark, pp. 38-39 FullText

Pucher, B., Zluwa, I., Spörl, P., Pitha, U., Langergraber, G. (2022): Influence of flow regime and feeding interval on the treatment performance of pot based green wall.
[17th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control ICWS 2022, Lyon, France, 06.11.2022 - 10.11.2022]

In: Nivala, J.; Carvalho, P. (Eds.), Conference Proceedings - 17th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control (ICWS 2022), 6-10 November 2022, Lyon, France, pp.385-388; ISBN: 978-2-9585706-0-6

Pucher, B., Zluwa, I., Spörl, P., Pitha, U., Langergraber, G. (2021): Development of a Multifunctional Living Wall System for Treatment and Use of Greywater.
[9th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control WETPOL 2021, Vienna, Austria, 13.09.2021 - 17.09.2021]

In: Pucher, B.; Germann, V.; Canet-Martí; A.; Prenner, F.; Kearney, K.; Weigelhofer, G.; Hein, T.; Langergraber, G. (Eds.), Book of Abstracts - "9th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control - WETPOL 2021", p.131; ISBN: 978-3-900932-86-2

Pucher, B; Zluwa, I; Spörl, P; Riberio, G; Pitha, U, Langergraber, G (2020): Entwicklung eines multifunktionalen Living-Wall Systems zur Nutzung und Reinigung von Grauwasser.

Wasser und Abfall, 22(7-8), 37-41; ISSN 1436-9095 FullText

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