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Pioneer Case

LEAFSKIN® Green shady structure

A short description of the NBS project

SINGULAR GREEN is a Spanish company specializing in landscape architecture. They integrate nature and architecture using vertical gardens, green roofs or other tools. They have relevant projects like a vertical garden in London: a garden located in the interior of a famous Nando’s restaurant. The green wall, of approximately 30m2 , is located in the dining area. Because of their work, they are involved in the H2020 project URBAN GreenUP, where they study, design, budget and construction of NBS like green noise barriers, green covering shelters with vertical gardens, green roof and vegetable structures. LEAFSKIN® is a green shady structure with several benefits designed by SINGULAR GREEN. This green infrastructure consists in an ultralight vertical garden system with a pitch between 30º and 90º, it is destined for the planting and growth of plants, including irrigation and water drainage system. LEAFSKIN® allows to place advertising on the bottom of the infrastructure as an additional financial support. This NBS is something like a green roof but over the streets, it is an horizontal solution to create shadow areas in urban spaces as pedestrian streets or squares. Their benefits include: · Temperature reduction: Increasing the area of green space in urban areas, reduce local temperatures in summer. · Leafskin® acts as a filter for contaminants: This green infrastructure will be able to catch and process pollutants. · Green space can buffer noise: It is a noise shielding. · Increasing commercial activity: The installation of shadow elements and special vegetable features are able to increase the influx of visitors in shopping streets. · Increasing green area per habitant: WHO advises 16.7m2/capita. · Increased real estate values.

NBS Implementation context
Location Spain, San Vicente de Raspeig, Alicante and Valladolid
Latitude 38.406676
Longitude -0.543808
Status Studies and conception
Dates 2018.0
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale object (building, etc.)
Urban density/ Soil consumption high (dense city center, etc.)
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;0;
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? A private stakeholder
Contracting Authority Singular Green Valladolid City Council URBAN GreenUP Project (H2020 730426)
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Valladolid city council Main partners: SINGULAR GREEN (Private. Spanish company specializing in landscape architecture), conductors: Jordi Serramia, Lorena González and Hugo Riquelme CARTIF. URBAN GreenUP Project Coordinator (H2020 730426) Work hired by the Valladolid municipality to Singular Green, conductors, Jordi Serramia, Lorena González and Hugo Riquelme inside of the demo actions develop in URBAN GreenUP Project (H2020 730426 coordinated by CARTIF)
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.) Original idea and development by Singular Green
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. citizens, local commerce,
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster1_traditional_public_administrationOtherSolution to be replicated in other parts of the city under different models that are going to be explored during the URBAN GreenUP Project Possible governance models: - Implementation by the municipality and Private maintenance (street commerce or people who live in the street). No publicity. - Implementation by the municipality and Private maintenance (street commerce or people who live in the street). Implementation or maintenance costs could be covered partially (or totally) by advertisements inserted in the solution. - Implementation and maintenance by private proprietors and street commerce. No publicity. - Implementation and maintenance by the municipality. No publicity.
cluster2_new_public_ management
Global Estimated cost of the project 50k€ - 200k€
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM Horizon2020
Description of the financing mechanism URBAN GreenUP Project (H2020 730426)
Business Model
Class Type Description
TechnologicalSubstitute with renewables and natural processesProduct offered in the market
OrganizationalRe-purpose the business for society/environment
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention around 10 years
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
Governance_driversProcess_efficienciesCollaborationA great list of possible recomendatios to be apllied. Municipality, local commerce and citizens
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_barriersUncertaintyPerformance_unknowTo be known.
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field Design_or_techniques_employed
Brief description of the innovativeness New system that can be installed in awnings or other surfaces with very low thickness.
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.) Under development.
IM Keywords
  • shady structure

  • green roof