Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Pioneer Case

Biotope City

A short description of the NBS project

The project BIOTOPE CITY is a combination of buildings and green spaces based on the principles of a dense urban neighbourhood with nature in a close juxtaposition. The project is developed on the background of current and future consequences of environmental changes to strengthen 1 in cities and minimize the ecological impact of urban building. To reach the best result in combining these two planning Ideas the planning process was a big partitive planning process with the residents. Only planning close to people can provide a functional conglomeration like the biotope city. The focus is on the implementation of integral Biotope City quality criteria, which describe the multiple functions of greening and contribute specifically to increasing residents’ quality of life.

NBS Implementation context
Location Austria, Vienna
Latitude 48.1665
Longitude 16.3483361
Status Works stage
Dates 2019/20
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption medium
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0;
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0;
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0;
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0;
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 1;1;
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0;
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Other
Contracting Authority Building developers
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Wien Süd (building developer) Main partners: in total 8 different building developers Project coordination by external office General open space planer and scientific research group: Biotope City foundation, urban planner, landscape architects, vegetation experts, socialists, urban mining expert, ...
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.) Very complex process because of the overarching planning through different building plots and developers, accompanied from scientists and experts from the beginning to take care for microclimate and qualitative living space
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?) Municipality departement for environmental protection Vienna - MA 22 and several municipality departements Inputs for Fauna
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. future residents and neighbours
Cluster Governance Model Description
Global Estimated cost of the project more than 5M€
Cluster cluster4_public_private
Description of the financing mechanism Combination from social housing (app. 75 %) and private financing flats (app. 15 %) - Special agreement
Business Model
Class Type Description
OrganizationalDevelop scale-up solutions
SocialEncourage sufficiency
TechnologicalCreate value from waste
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation large (beyond 5 years)
Expected life time of the intervention more than 30
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field Design_or_techniques_employed
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award? - IBA-Candidate (International Building exhibition)
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.) Yes, official exhibition Several exhibitions and presentations several newspaper articles
IM Keywords
  • green wall

  • 1.0

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