New report reveals how to promote the sustainable regeneration of land

29 Jun 2016

Arup has launched “Sustainable regeneration of unused transportation territories”– a new report that analyses how the sustainable regeneration of land could be possible in Europe. 

“Sustainable Regeneration of Unused Transportation Territories” is an overview offering a roadmap for sustainable regeneration/revitalization in global, national, urban and building scales.

Following the co-signed document issued by the recent Conference of Parties COP21– in which a goal specifically focused on land as a resource was included– the report uses the information from the built environment to help define the importance of brownfield sites for new developments in cities, helping answer the challenges raised.

“The vast majority of human activities depends on the use of land. We rely on urbanized land to live, we need land for our nourishment, forests are a fundamental element for the quality of the air, and soil play a very important role in natural water purification. Understanding land as a resource which is a compelling issue to plan a more sustainable future.”

—Stefano Recalcati, Project Director, Arup Milan

Climate change, depletion of natural resources or land use change will influence our world in a number of ways, including economic, environment and social impact. A major contribution to sustainable climate change adaptation and conservation of natural resources are in the area of remedy the use of the built environment and existing infrastructure.

Regenerating and adaptive reuse are the most significant resources for sustainable urban development, especially for the unused transportation areas which becomes brownfields.

“Land is a finite and shrinking resource. Only 11% of the global land surface offers no or few limitations for practical use, which means that a global population of 7.4 billion people relies on this 11% for its food. Evaluating land as a shrinking resource is a compelling issue to plan a more sustainable future.”

—Zeynep Celebi Besler, Project Manager, Arup Istanbul

The report was delivered with planners, designers and architects from Turkey, Berlin and Milan offices of Arup.

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  • Cover of the report. Credit: Arup.

    “Sustainable Regeneration of Unused Transportation Territories” is an overview offering a roadmap for sustainable regeneration/revitalization in global, national, urban and building scales.