This Saturday, Chelsea, Carla, Jack, Rachel, and I will depart Charlottesville for Vitoria-Gasteiz, a small city in the Basque Country of northeastern Spain. Vitoria is already renowned as a green city for its perimeter green belt, and has been honored as the European Green Capital for 2012. This conference will bring students and professionals from around the world together to find creative new ways of extending this green infrastructure into the heart of the city. Representing each of the four disciplines in the UVa School of Architecture and accompanied by professor Tim Beatley, we will collaborate in teams with students from the MIT Landscape Architecture program, the SUNY College of Environmental Science, and an international group of professionals to devise solutions that will enhance the presence of nature within this city.

Vitoria-Gasteiz is one of our partner cities in the Biophilic Cities Project, and this is just one way that we will be getting to know all of the ways the city is shining when it comes to biophilic urbanism. We will be blogging here on biophiliccities.org along the way to share our research, experiences, and progress, so don’t forget to check back each day from June 11 – 23 for updates and to add comments. In the meantime, check out the links above to learn more about the 2012 Landscape Urban Forum and the green belt.

Post by Holly Hendrix

Biophilic Cities Project Researcher, UVA Department of Urban and Environmental Planning