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Multifunctional blue-green infrastructure - optimizing socio-cultural and environmental aspects for sustainable urban development

Research project

Short description

The objective of this interdisciplinary project is to develop knowledge and methods, enabling an overall assessment of different types of Blue-green infrastructure (BGI), intended to be used by local actors and planners to choose the most sustainable blue-green solution. Different types of BGI will be evaluated regarding stormwater management, water quality, outdoor and indoor climate, energy use, recreation and social inclusion in different urban environments in the short and long term, from a life cycle and socioeconomic perspective. Multi-criteria analysis supported by a user perspective will form the basis for developing recommendations for optimizing BGI's physical planning.

Blue-green infrastructure (BGI) has become an important issue in physical planning in order to create robust and resilient cities that will be able to cope with increased precipitation and temperature due to climate change. The benefits of BGI are numerous, but there are also challenges. For example, BGI is often demanding in space and maintenance, expensive to build, and it is challenging to find solutions that are attractive to the city's inhabitants.