Urban River Regeneration through Nature Inclusive Quays
As in many cities and towns, Breda has rivers and creeks. But they are often constrained in concrete, deep walls, making a lack of green areas. Breda’s initiative “GreenQuays” addresses current challenges, such as unsustainable urbanization, degradation of urban ecosystems, and lack of resilience to climate change.
This initiative centers on an innovative Nature Inclusive Quay (NIQ) technology specifically designed to support the development of a complex vertical ecosystem, providing favorable conditions for flora and fauna. Newly developed materials (type of brick stone) and innovative technology implementation approach (including different quay angles, protruding bricks, backspace, the platform for riparian plants, shelters for macrofauna, specific rainwater runoffs) shall replace traditional concrete walls and extend below the parallel walkway or street, allowing trees and bushes to grow their roots and local flora and fauna to prosper. This technical solution is supported by social innovation by applying an intensive participatory co-design process, engaging external stakeholders and citizens.