Plants, a social project or the delicate art of reconciling urbanism and landscape
An ingenious idea in Madrid: installing green spaces on the roofs of buses and bus shelters
"Move in green" is the project initiated in the summer of 2017 by Madrid to install green spaces on the roofs of buses, gardens in motion. The 130 vehicles on lines 27 and 34, the busiest in the network (17 million users per year), took part in the test. Like all large cities, Madrid is looking for natural solutions to reduce pollution and beautify the urban landscape.
The implementation of these green roofs throughout the city serves an environmental purpose. These green roofs will be designed to "absorb pollution, heat and noise", says José Antonio Antona, Spanish landscape architect and project leader. Muévete en verde". The plant acts as a formidable mediator: it encourages participation in joint action, it reassures, it delays. Good for morale, the usefulness of plants stimulates creativity and innovation, like Marc Granen's ingenuity. Through its power to create value and commitment among people, its place seems obvious and a source of productivity!
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Reclaiming the intelligence of the plant
Evidence shows that an efficient public transport network (tram, metro, train, bus) and reduced travel are the basis for sustainable mobility. And what could be better than using the intelligence of plants and plants to help us change the way we live in the future: Stefano Mancuso, Italian pioneer of plant cognition, explains "it's a beautiful piece of work, the first to show the decision-making mechanism in a plant when it comes to weighing the pros and cons before going into the light."... The plant makes many decisions, because in permanent interaction with its environment and without the possibility of packing up at the slightest alert, it needs to make the most of its environment at every moment and in every season in order to survive. A multitude of intelligent mechanisms in the plant world!
Some plants in particular have super depolluting powers, such as ivy, chrysanthemum, fern, cyclamen, ficus... Plants improve air quality in general and some plants are super absorbers of pollutants, especially VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These gases are released by car traffic, but also by paints, glues, PVC... from our interiors (formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, acetone...). The air in the rooms, where we spend 80 % to 90 % of our time, is actually more polluted than the outside air. Let's not forget either that vegetalization is a mini-ecosystem in itself. As a true home for insects and birds, it can allow the maintenance of a certain biodiversity in cities as well as the creation of biological corridors to conserve species within the urban habitat.
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