Biodivercity — A Matter of Vital Soil!
Joyce van den Berg and Hans van der Made
Published by Marcel Withvoet, nai010 publishers
Printed by Antilope De Vie (Belgium)
30 x 24 cm, 114 pages, color, offfset, glue bound, softcover
This publication represents a quest for biodiversity in the city. Declining biodiversity in the countryside has been in the spotlight for years. Healthy soil life is of vital importance. Biodiversity in the city appears to be hidden. How do you design a public space that is anchored in healthy soil? Hidden in the soil, up to 100 million species of micro-organisms work together with fungi and plant roots to form networks that ensure a healthy living environment. Without soil, we cannot survive. Yet we treat our living environment inattentively. The growing world population is moving to cities, annexing surrounding areas and literally squeezing the life out of the soil. The urban climate, urbanised environment and urban water balance are detrimental to healthy soil life.