Space & Green. Possibilities for integrating greening into the regulations of Austrian spatial planning

The R&D service "Raum & Grün" (Space & Green) is preparing a study that depicts the interrelationships between spatial planning and greening, shows the need for action and the scope for action by actors, and formulates concrete recommendations on how innovative urban greening and greening of buildings can be effectively anchored in the regulations of Austrian spatial planning.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

In contrast to Germany, where landscape planning is anchored in the Federal Nature Conservation Act with concretising instruments such as landscape framework plans, landscape and green space plans, landscape planning in Austria is not anchored in a separate law. Aspects of climate change adaptation, unsealing and greening measures are so far only marginally reflected in Austrian spatial planning.

Contents and goals

The aim of this R&D service "Space & Green" is to identify barriers to the implementation of innovative greening technologies by means of comprehensive national and international research on existing strategies and regulations and innovative case studies in the field of spatial planning and greening, as well as by means of supplementary expert discussions.

This is used as a basis for identifying needs for action, approaches to solutions and recommendations on how innovative urban greening and greening of buildings can be effectively anchored in the regulatory framework of Austrian spatial planning. This should contribute to a simpler implementation of innovative greening in spatial planning.

Methods

The increased use of innovative greening technologies as a means of counteracting the increasing sealing must be started at the level of local spatial planning. An essential part of the project is the involvement of the relevant stakeholders and representatives of the federal provinces in the course of workshops, in which their respective positions and expertise as well as their willingness to adapt existing strategies and regulations in the field of spatial planning with regard to greening technologies are discussed and introduced into the process.

Expected results

Based on the results, the interconnection between spatial planning and innovative greening is presented and, building on this, the need for action and possible solutions are shown as to how an easier implementation of greening measures can be achieved through an adaptation of strategies and regulations. Recommendations for changes to existing legal norms are made in the form of an elaborated matrix.

The result of the project is a publishable study that depicts current strategies and regulations in the area of spatial planning and greening, and shows the need for and scope for action and recommendations.

Project Partners

Project management

Dr. Bente Knoll, B-NK GmbH Buero fuer nachhaltige Kompetenz

Project or cooperation partners

  • RaumRegionMensch ZT GmbH
  • Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Dopheide e.U.
  • Gruenstattgrau Forschungs- und Innovations GmbH

Contact Address

B-NK GmbH Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz
Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in Bente Knoll
Schönbrunner Straße 59-61/10
A-1050 Wien
Tel.: +43 (676) 646 10 15
E-Mail: bente.knoll@b-nk.at
Web: www.b-nk.at