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A short description of the NBS project

Turbinenplatz is a public city square which was built on a former private estate. After redesign in 2004, it was donated to the city of Zurich. Now it is the largest city square and covers approximately 14.000 m². Due to the gradual withdrawal of the industry, the area became the largest urban development zone in the west part of Zurich. The flooring of the square is mainly made of concrete to remember the industrial site but it also contains some gravel surfaces with several birches and seating elements. The rainwater of the whole area is lead in some planted basins, used for the plantation and then drained away. After the conversion of the old Sulzer Escher Wyss factory esplanade, Turbinenplatz is one of Switzerland’s first big stormwater projects located in the city of Zurich.

NBS Implementation context
Location Switzerland, Zurich (Switzerland)
Status Project delivered (2002-2004)
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale object (building, etc.)
NBS Impacts scale Object (square)
Urban density/ Soil consumption High (dense city center)
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 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? Market • Social enterprises / social entrepreneurs (Sulzer Immobilen AG)
Contracting Authority
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
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.
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster2_new_public_managementPublic_private_partnership -
Global Estimated cost of the project 968.337
Cluster cluster1_public_financing
FM • LIFE – Climate action
Description of the financing mechanism -
Business Model
Class Type Description
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
Expected life time of the intervention
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 efficiencies Co-creation and participation • Collaboration; • Involvement of urban government
Economy_drivers Government support • Public-private partnerships
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Economy_driversBudget constraints • Lack of funding knowledge
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
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