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Grey to Green - A series of paving stones introducing a place for an urban flora

Brahme, Caroline (2012) In Diploma work IDEM01 20122
Industrial Design
Abstract (Swedish)
Right now, the world is facing the largest wave of urban growth in history. The cities depend on nature’s ecosystem to function properly. The aim is to build dense, green and sustainable. In the future we must find new ways to integrate green structure into the cities more efficiently. Green to Grey is a series of paving stones that can host vegetation. The product and the vegetation can flexibly be integrated on the paved urban floor, as many of the cities’ impervious surfaces consist of paving stones. The series consists of four paving stones. Each tile has different amounts of perforation, from 1 to 8 spaces, where vegetation is allowed to grow. The quantity of greenery on the paved urban floor can easily be customized and increased... (More)
Right now, the world is facing the largest wave of urban growth in history. The cities depend on nature’s ecosystem to function properly. The aim is to build dense, green and sustainable. In the future we must find new ways to integrate green structure into the cities more efficiently. Green to Grey is a series of paving stones that can host vegetation. The product and the vegetation can flexibly be integrated on the paved urban floor, as many of the cities’ impervious surfaces consist of paving stones. The series consists of four paving stones. Each tile has different amounts of perforation, from 1 to 8 spaces, where vegetation is allowed to grow. The quantity of greenery on the paved urban floor can easily be customized and increased without occupying a lot of extra space.

In the city there are many impervious surfaces that are not worn. On these
surfaces it is common that vegetation starts growing spontaneously, but
it is considered as weed. By designing a space for vegetation in the paving stones, the plants get an accepted place on these impervious surfaces,and will not be considered as weed. The paving stones have the same dimensions as the most commonly used paving stone in Sweden. This
allows them to fit within the existing system and that, in turn, facilitates the interaction of greenery.

Increasing the quantity of vegetation is positive for several reasons. The
vegetation in the city helps with water hydration, cleaning the air, taking care of CO2, reducing urban heat islands and increasing the well-being of the urban citizens. The result: a more healthy and sustainable city environment. (Less)
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author
Brahme, Caroline
supervisor
organization
course
IDEM01 20122
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Diploma work
report number
ISRN: LUT-DVIDE/EX--12/50170-SE
ISSN
ISRN
language
English
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3218045
date added to LUP
2012-11-30 16:20:24
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2012-11-30 16:20:24
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  abstract     = {Right now, the world is facing the largest wave of urban growth in history. The cities depend on nature’s ecosystem to function properly. The aim is to build dense, green and sustainable. In the future we must find new ways to integrate green structure into the cities more efficiently. Green to Grey is a series of paving stones that can host vegetation. The product and the vegetation can flexibly be integrated on the paved urban floor, as many of the cities’ impervious surfaces consist of paving stones. The series consists of four paving stones. Each tile has different amounts of perforation, from 1 to 8 spaces, where vegetation is allowed to grow. The quantity of greenery on the paved urban floor can easily be customized and increased without occupying a lot of extra space.

In the city there are many impervious surfaces that are not worn. On these
surfaces it is common that vegetation starts growing spontaneously, but
it is considered as weed. By designing a space for vegetation in the paving stones, the plants get an accepted place on these impervious surfaces,and will not be considered as weed. The paving stones have the same dimensions as the most commonly used paving stone in Sweden. This
allows them to fit within the existing system and that, in turn, facilitates the interaction of greenery.

Increasing the quantity of vegetation is positive for several reasons. The
vegetation in the city helps with water hydration, cleaning the air, taking care of CO2, reducing urban heat islands and increasing the well-being of the urban citizens. The result: a more healthy and sustainable city environment.},
  author       = {Brahme, Caroline},
  issn         = {ISRN},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {Grey to Green - A series of paving stones introducing a place for an urban flora},
  year         = {2012},
}