Future Cities: Arnhem

This project was originated in cooperation with Future Cities. This is a Pan-European urban network to join forces against adverse effects of climate change. Arnhem concentrates on the effects of heat for the city.

In Arnhem, the Laboratory for Microclimates made the city's climate visible with provocative art interventions and a mobile laboratory. The laboratory organized a cycle tour using an electric cargo bike. Experts were interviewed, moss-microclimates where made on the spot and the public's reactions were recorded on film. These recordings were used for a documentary about the impact of climate change on the city

Cycle route LfM; day 1
Photos: Koos Schaart

-Rijnstate, Wagner 55, art project: The Mossbed. Rijnstate aims to become the most sustainable hospital in the Netherlands, for example by purchasing green energy and promoting clean transport. How can patients and visitors get involved in this sustainable thinking? The 'Mossbed is a medical shower bed which looks comfortable through the lush green moss that has been placed on it. It invites visitors / patients symbolically to lie back gently. A helping hand to experience the hospital's 'sustainable policy'  (No. 1.)
-Woonzorgcomplex Aerenheem, G. A. of Nispenstraat 100. Interview with Arno Vlooswijk on thermo regulation, Trees for Grannies (No. 2)
- Sonsbeek Park, Visitors Sonsbeek, Zijpendaalseweg, lecture about wind convection park Jeoen Glissenaar (No. 3)
- Kronenburg, Kronenburgersingel, art project: Green Graffiti, Kronenburg is a postwar '
petrified district' with little green. Municipality, housing corporations, neighborhood discussion groups and residents are committed to it to change that. When the first green facade and roof gardens will appear here? (No. 4)
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Cycle route LfM; day 2
- Church Square, arts intervention: Depavement!. Are there in your own living environment opportunities to remove paving in order to drain rainwater and absorb heat in the summer? For one day LfM removed pavement on the Square and visitors were invited to
plant moss temporarily and thus give the square a 'new climate'! Moss is distinctive and striking in view of encouraging the design of green spaces, roofs and wall applications and thus include working on solutions for the heat problem in cities like Arnhem (A)

- Vertical garden wall, Bloemstraat 59. conversation about vertical gardening (B)
- Jan Ligthartschool Square project Slichtenhorststraat 27a. Talk about green squares, urban agriculture (C)
- Sonsbeek Park. talk about wind convection along the park with Vincent Kuijpers (D)
- Coehoorn, Eusebius Land: art project: The Mosspath. The
 'Kleine Eusebius grounds' are part of Arnhem's city centre and were made available for public use. Thus the idea was born to create an educational city garden. The promoters are inspired by urban agriculture projects and roof gardens. A mosspath in town; we constructed a stretcht of forest; pavement was covered by moss. The path is now ready to grow and can transform into an edible forest.A park with plants, shrubs and trees provide edible products to the city. (E)