Rejuvenating Romania’s urban areas with green landscapes

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March 22, 2021

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Rejuvenating Romania’s urban areas with green landscapes

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March 22, 2021

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Today, cities are home to over 50 per cent of the world’s population, and that number will only rise in the future. How do we keep a growing urban population healthy and happy? Green spaces promote healthy living and working environments, reduce stress and increase happiness. Nature improves air quality and water management, reduces heat and boosts creativity, vitality and a sense of community. With these in mind, Urban Landscapes Romania (ULR) develops green concepts that support the healthy lifestyle of Romania’s urban population.

Beyond aesthetic

As part of its national plan towards 2030, Romania strives to improve the living conditions in its major cities. Agenda items include issues such as health, water quality and the general well-being of its residents. To achieve the optimal result, the Dutch PIB Cluster Urban Landscapes Romania initiated strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders in business, knowledge institutions and public sectors. Together, they take the greening of Romania’s urban spaces to the next level. Beyond mere aesthetics, ULR focuses on designs which are both attractive and practical. Their ultimate goal? A living environment that maximises the rejuvenating power of greenery.

A holistic view of urban landscaping

ULR is a public-private partnership which offers a full package to construct innovative urban gardens – all the way from the design and planting to maintenance. The consortium aims to do more than just delivering flowers, plants and trees. ULR strives to give greenery a prominent role  in activating the public space, adapting to climate change, safeguarding biodiversity and improving wellbeing for Romania’s urban population.

ULR also aims to plant the seeds for for the new generation of Romanian urban professionals. By sharing knowledge and expertise, ULR challenges the upcoming local architects, urban planners and landscapers to adopt sustainable and innovative green concepts and solutions for urban spaces.

Unearthing a rich heritage

One fruitful collaboration between Dutch and Romanian urban architects will blossom this year. Central Bucharest is home to the second largest public building in the world, the headquarters of the Romanian Parliament. Its gardens span over three hectares, and ULR took an important role in supporting the redesigning and planting this massive green space.

Dutch landscape and garden designer VIC Landscapes contributed to the imaginative maze garden concept designed by local architects, with innovative methods and high quality planting material  for recuperating the city’s rich heritage. Over 1.000 trees, 7.500 shrubs, half a million bulbs and approximately 30,000 square metres of perennial plants, roses and lawn – along with lighting systems and custom made furniture – adorn  the residential footprints of the old buildings, restoring the connection with the past.

The new garden is designed to be a feast for the eyes in every season. The planting material was selected in consultation with local project team to suit Bucharest’s climate. “A mixture of different kinds of greenery would keep the garden green and attractive all year round”,  explains Leon Smet, secretary at Anthos, a Dutch representative of companies trading in flower bulbs and nursery stocks.

The gardens will no doubt become spectacular, but a very special tulip deserves to be singled out for mentioning. Consortium member Jub Holland cultivated the URANUS tulip, named after the now demolished neighbourhood. The cluster is set to contribute various high-quality planting material for the gardens, but this specially cultivated tulip will likely be the eye-catcher of the new gardens.

The opening of the new garden is planned for the spring of 2021, when it is in full bloom.

Urban Landscapes Romania (ULR) is a public-private partnership and consists of tree and perennial growers Van den Berk, Ebben and Molter BV, bulb supplier JUB Holland, garden rose producer Seuren, grass producer  Royal Barenbrug, landscape and garden designer VIC Landscapes, green roof designer Nophadrain and bulb sector body Anthos. Coordinator is consultancy, management and trade company Agriprogress.

 

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