Traditionally, the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects and the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection organise an annual symposium on building culture in the state.
The 12th symposium, which took place on 30 May 2018 in Hanover, was held under the theme "Green infrastructure - the basis for attractive and sustainable cities".
Urban green spaces structure and shape urban life, create high-quality and sustainable public spaces with social potential. How can a (landscape architectural) building culture of public space be developed in a sustainable way? This was discussed, among others, by bdla Vice President Stephan Lenzen and the landscape architects Dr. Andreas Kipar (LAND and bdla), Dieter Grau (Dreiseitl and bdla), Felix Schwarz (Atelier Loidl), Christoph Schonhoff (nsp and bdla); the event program was created with the cooperation of bdla Lower Saxony Bremen.
On 13 July 2018, the organisers presented the film documentation of the 12th symposium. The approximately 8-minute film shows the value of green infrastructure for attractive and sustainable cities and summarises the results of the symposium.
Olaf Lies, Lower Saxony's Minister of Trees, said that an important task of green infrastructure is "to ensure social integration in the neighbourhood and to improve the quality of life. Parks and gardens, but also greened streets, squares and promenades shape the image of a city and create identity. Green infrastructure is a prerequisite for a good urban climate and at the same time offers space for recreation, meeting, play and leisure." The president of the Lower Saxony Chamber of Architects pointed out that the film shows "that quality open spaces in our cities create sustainability and must be developed in interdisciplinary cooperation."
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