2017 > Manage with frugality: preserve resources by doing better with less
The current constrained budget contexts often lead to complex situations for the professionals of the city: how to do more with less? In these cases, both design and management, the environmental aspects are often placed in the background. This book shows how to turn adversity into an opportunity, by focusing on the economy of frugality to preserve natural resources, and to do better with less.
Resolutely positive and illustrated, this collection of articles shows the diversity of innovative solutions to manage with sobriety or better manage with recycling: sustainable public order, "zero-waste" sites, fertile soil creation, conservation biology, Ecological management and circular economy ...
For those who wish to go further, the publication ends with a selection of documentary references on the practice and the concepts associated with frugality.
2016 > Vegetal solutions for the city: choose them well and design
Faced with climate change and the evolution of our relationship with nature, restoring the place of plants in the city is a topical issue. Without attempting to impose vegetation throughout the city, this book proposes a global approach to green alternatives to the mineralization of the city, considering both their ecosystem services and the conditions for their implementation.
Organized in five chapters, this collection of articles deals with the services rendered by the plant in the city, the methods and tools to accompany and perpetuate its presence, and finally the existing mechanisms, from built-up streets, with their conditions of implementation, On the diversification of ranges for more biodiversity. Costs are also discussed. Highly illustrated, the publication ends with documentary references for those who wish to explore some questions.
2015 > Integration of spontaneous vegetation in urban areas: an ecological approach to weed management
Weeding is a topical subject that is often at the centre of many issues concerning urban areas, notably spontaneous vegetation.
This publication, organised into six chapters, addresses the integration of spontaneous vegetation, management planning, preventive techniques to avoid weeding, and weed management good practices. The regulations and underlying financial issues are also discussed. References are cited at the end of the publication for those who wish further reading on certain issues.
2014 > The benefits of urban vegetation - A study of the scientific research and method of analysis
Plants in cities are our allies in helping promote the health and wellbeing of urban residents, making a vital contribution not just to the quality of the living environment but also to regional attractiveness.
This study, which summarises the scientific research presented in recent international publications, has been produced by Plante & Cité with the support of the Umbrella branch organisation Val’hor, the association for horticulture, floristry and landscape professionals, as part of the Cité Verte (“green cities”) initiative, to meet the needs of politicians, professionals, local authorities and businesses responsible for designing, creating and managing green spaces and the natural landscape.
Our aim is to ensure that the benefits of urban vegetation are better reflected in regional planning decisions. To achieve this we have identified five major groups of indicators which can be used to evaluate the full spectrum of plant ecosystem services. We also present a diagnostic tool for analysing these benefits in order to help argue the case for urban vegetation projects, especially during the consultation phases.
This review along with full bibliographic references and the complete study are freely available to all on the Val’hor and Plante & Cité websites.