SUSTAINABLE GRASS PAVING
The city of the future will need to take account of an increasing risk of flooding resulting from climate change. An increase in paving in urban areas is leading to the existence of so-called urban heat islands; places where sunlight is absorbed more rapidly as well as being preserved longer.
Whenever the lay-out of an urban environment is rearranged, climate adaptation necessitates several simultaneous solutions. It is a huge challenge to realise a spatial layout that is comfortable for its users in all prevailing circumstances, both in normal situations and under extreme weather conditions. Adequate solutions are then called for, e.g. greenery which has a cooling effect and urban spaces including water storage to cope with extreme precipitation.
Local authorities are increasingly having to face the challenge of climate-proofing both for existing and new projects. This means adjusting urban redevelopment to climate change so that residents can live and enjoy recreation safely and comfortably. One of those solutions is to have more greenery within pavements. Greenery enhances public spaces and makes it more attractive to users, retains less heat and has a cooling effect because of water evaporation. In addition, grass pavements ensures, by virtue of its open character, that rain water can be absorbed into the soil.
However, traditional paving remains necessary to ensure the convenience and accessibility of public spaces. Alternating pavement and greenery increases the quality of life in urban areas.