Green Infrastructure 2014 Group I - Case Study 4

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Name Digbeth
City Birmingham
Authors Ilona Feklistova
Digbeth canals.jpg

Rationale: Why is this case interesting?

Birmingham is a metropolitan district placed in West Midlands of England and is one of the most populous and densely built-up city in the Great Britain. Similarly to many other fast growing urban areas in the world Birmingham faces pressures from increase in population with its environmental and socioeconomic consequences. Along with that it goes through structural transformation where the service sector becomes the central for redevelopment of the city and regeneration of old industrial areas. Along with the number of abundant industrial buildings the wide spreading network of canals and railroad bear evidence of great industrial past when the city was called a "workshop of the World". These arteries were efficient transportation systems and catalytic for industrial past of the city. Today, partly abundant these widely spreading networks may have an essential value for improving green infrastructure especially due to their connection to rural areas. According to the report of local municipality Birmingham’s urban structure fails to fully respond to the demand of biodiversity, recreation and flood risk services, as well as mitigate effects of climate change. Thus I want to research if formal industrial infrastructure can increase the capacity of the city to create more resilient green network.

Author's perspective

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture and I had proceeded my studies in Estonian University of Life Sciences. At the moment I am working on my Master thesis that is explores Identity of Urban Allotments. Birmingham is an unfamiliar place for me. I have moved to UK because of the internship and I am staying in small town - Welshpool that is 86 km from the formal 'industrial heart' of UK - city of Birmingham. The amazing canal system that was developed in UK for transportation is absolutely a new element for me in a cultural landscape. Thus I am interested to explore it cultural-historical aspects and understand its potential for green infrastructure.

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